Quick fix for a stripped lens mount

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Quick fix for a stripped lens mount

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I was particularly non-plussed upon discovering my vidcam’s lens thread had been stripped while using an exceptionally cheap wide angle attachment. Rather than sending it in for repairs I pondered the options – epoxy? tape? ick! To my surprise, I found that a small piece of fabric placed between the connection before attaching made for a nice snug fit – and the lenses actually aligned quite well. Of course your mileage may vary, but it’s certainly worth a try when other options are cost/time prohibitive.

Update: Commenter Tim Gray offers what sounds like an even better permanent solution –

Buy a cheap UV filter, take out the glass and epoxy the ring in place. suddenly you have real metal threads instead of the garbage plastic they put on video cameras.

Good stuff – thanks Tim!

22 thoughts on “Quick fix for a stripped lens mount

  1. DaveMcClellan says:

    Would a piece of teflon tape work as well? Does fine on PVC and copper joints.

    1. Collin Cunningham says:

      likely, yes. I’m just reluctant to use any adhesives around the bare lens

      1. Silverman says:

        Teflon tape doesn’t have adhesive on it.

        1. Collin Cunningham says:

          understood – I’ve yet to use it myself.

          in this case, cotton was readily available

          1. Volkemon says:

            @Collin..you have yet to use teflon tape…WOW.

            Guess it all depends on what you are exposed to…you have taught me so much! Go to your local hardware store and get some. It can be the solution to many fitment problems.

            BTW- still enjoying the tune I ‘freecorder-ed’ from your post way back in your beginning here at MAKE. I call it ‘Collin’s Quandry’ to ID it on my crowded desktop.

            I would post a link for those uninformed, but I find ALL posts with links are ‘held for approval’ and disappear…


            (But as always, there’s the-
            Comment Submission Error
            Your comment submission failed for the following reasons:

            Text entered was wrong. Try again.

            Still the mystery…WHAT TEXT?!?!? the captcha was right..maybe I should type left handed…)

            Try again…

          2. Collin Cunningham says:

            yah seems like I definitely need some teflon in my life! (just not on my cookware please :)

            off topic: If you’re talking about the Peggy video I did way back, you can find some somewhat similar tracks here – http://narbotic.net/?p=154

            re: links & comment problems
            Seems we’re still chasing that bug (tho I haven’t seen it in a while myself)
            If you comment with a link, we usually give it a once over to hold off the spammers – but it should post soon enough!

  2. timgray says:

    Buy a cheap UV filter, take out the glass and epoxy the ring in place. suddenly you have real metal threads instead of the garbage plastic they put on video cameras.

    1. Marc de Vinck says:

      That sounds like a great solution!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I don’t think ‘nonplussed’ works there; I think you meant you were frustrated or disappointed. I believe to be nonplussed is to be bewildered, perplexed, or baffled.

  4. Collin Cunningham says:

    Yups, I think you’re right. I’d assumed the meaning incorrectly.
    Though considering how I discovered the problem (at the counter of the photo place while demoing lenses) – the actual meaning does remain pretty accurate ;)

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