broke my new Fujinons; where to repair?
Posted 30 November 2012 - 08:16 AM
One of the internal optical elements has a big chip, visible directly by looking in the objective end of the right bino.
The view throught the right ocular is a spiderweb of reflections. Totally unusable now. Is this a factory repair only? How do I send them for repair? Perhaps BillC has the answer? HELP! ( I bought them 3 months ago from Eagle Optics.
Posted 30 November 2012 - 08:29 AM
I really don't know what the best option for you now is. If you had Fujinon repair and replace the prism it would likely cost you more than the new bino. Cory Suddarth at Suddarth optical could fix it, but he would need a new prism (or eyepiece lens or whatever is busted).
If he or someone he knows or you know has a Fuji 10x50 that is beyond repair then maybe it could be cannibalised, possibly even a 7x50 could be used. Bill, Cory?
Posted 30 November 2012 - 09:45 AM
Really, RichD? Replacing the prism costs more than a new bino?
There goes my hope for repair!?
Posted 30 November 2012 - 10:38 AM
We really need Bill C here!
Posted 30 November 2012 - 10:41 AM
I wouldn't freak out until I talked with a qualified repairman.
Posted 30 November 2012 - 11:34 AM
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Posted 30 November 2012 - 12:13 PM
Hoping that it's an easy fix,
Posted 30 November 2012 - 12:26 PM
Posted 30 November 2012 - 12:43 PM
Did the brittle glue crack? Almost certainly, thus freeing the prism to move and chip. I have several 7 x50 MT/MTR/FMT/FMTR , which were dropped on boats, with chipped prisms , which have languished, without surgery, and some spares. I wonder if the prism is the same as in the 10 x 50? I have never seen, used, or worked upon the 10 x 50. Bent metal under the "armor" ? Or, are those leatherette covered?
Monocular use? Or, sell online, so I can buy them at low price?
Posted 30 November 2012 - 01:08 PM
I'm not so sure it's the prism that's chipped. It may be one of the inner lens elements. Impact was at the rear shoulder, near the right ocular. If you look in the front objective, you see the circular field of view, and along the edge of this view is an area where glass has flaked off, just adjacent to the impact point. So, are there any lenses back there, or is that the prism? (The ocular itself appears unaffected, and the diopter adjustment turns normally.)
Posted 30 November 2012 - 01:09 PM
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Posted 30 November 2012 - 02:09 PM
I just spoke with Brian at Baker Marine. The news is good.
I'm sending the bino to him. It looks like I'll get fully repaired for under $200, maybe $150 or even $125. He says there are 4 prisms. Each is $25. Lenses, I didn't ask.
But he seemed to say that there is a base fee of about $80, plus the cost of the glass (lens or prism). I'm not really clear on that, exactly, but it seemed reasonable. Much more than that, and it's not really feasible to repair.
Posted 30 November 2012 - 02:51 PM
Posted 30 November 2012 - 05:09 PM
If it's of the MT, MTR or FMT or FMTR series . . . Wrong!
Posted 30 November 2012 - 06:31 PM
Did you contact Fujinon?
The address is in NJ, not far to drive.
I would be very surprised if they EVER get back to you
I agree; Fujinon is not a customer friendly outfit in my experience. I never received a reply when I contacted them either. Fortunately, Baker Marine provides good service on their products.
I'm sure Baker Marine will do a fine job....
Posted 30 November 2012 - 06:36 PM
Posted 01 December 2012 - 12:41 AM
In those days it was Charley Nemoto, Scott and Michelle. By the way, MOST of the work was still going to Baker Marine.