I am so excited. This is something I have wanted for a long time and it has finally arrived! Can you guess what’s in the box?
Fear not, it is not Brad Pitt’s girlfriend’s head! Why would you think I want a head? Chill, now what’s in the box?
Haha, just kidding, ok see video clip: what’s in the box?
Yay now you know. Finally it is here in my hands. It is mine, woohooo! I can’t wait to shoot with it.
While my husband, Martin was cleaning this camera, I picked up the cotton buds box without realising the focusing screen was on top. It fell off and smashed on the floor.
(focusing screen, made of glass, shattered)
Martin and I looked at each other, staring for ages with no words, like our time had stopped while the whole world was still spinning. My heart dropped, big time. Suddenly we started ranting about who was at fault. I blamed him for putting it on that stupid box where it was unnoticeable and he blamed me for not seeing it – we have mutually agreed that it was both our fault.
It was a horrible feeling and I felt as if my heart had shattered into a million pieces. I was so looking forward to taking photographs with this camera.
I searched online for a replacement and was shocked to see how much it is worth, about £70 and up! I wasn’t prepared to pay that much more, especially after paying £900 for the camera. I left the room because I couldn’t bear anymore upset.
Meanwhile, I thought about the focusing screen, ‘what was it made of?’, ‘could it be made with normal ground glass?’ I went back and checked the website and confirmed it was made of ground glass. My hopes started to rise but I didn’t want them to get too high. I decided to visit a small window/glass shop. Unfortunately, they didn’t have ground glass, but then a member of staff said he would be right back. I wasn’t sure what was happening as we had had some communication difficulties, but I waited. He came back with 2 cuts of ‘lustre like’ glass, exact measurements of the focusing screen only a little thicker, and some sanding papers. He showed me what to do with the sanding papers and when I asked him the price he said no charge. Free, really? He nodded with a smile. My heart lifted, feeling so blissful. I am so thankful. He has no idea but he made my shattered heart into one piece again.
I was excited and eager to do this. As soon as we got home, Martin first checked to see if the glass fit in the camera, as we were a little worried about the thickness. Phew, it fit!
I started with the sand paper on glass 1. Martin and I took turns because sanding on glass for a long time makes your hands ache. I think it took us about 2 hours to make it almost perfect ground. My mind was racing with positive and negative thoughts: ‘will it work?’, ‘it will work’, ‘will I be able to see through it?’, ‘no, it’s not going to work’, ‘believe it. It will work’, ‘have faith’ and ‘please, please work’.
- Before and After
Yay! it is done, almost perfect! Fingers crossed that it will work. I stood well back out of the way while Martin installed it and put the camera back together.
Result: Can I see? Yes, yes I totally nailed it! Ha £70, fuck you! I was overwhelmed by how I nailed it, I was so happy. I have to be honest, my focusing screen is not perfect but it is good enough for me. What a relief, so proud of it. DIY, I ruled!
Ahhh finally I can shoot… oh wait I am 11 months late – Yes I did take many shots with this camera… ooh, I will put the photos on soon. Wait for it… in the next blog.