We’re home from Iowa no worse for wear.

This is just a quick note to let folks know we survived the trip. Expect an update that goes into details of the trip including some pics later once I get a moment to catch my breath. Work is busy today because we had a power outage on Monday that took a good chunk of the workstations down so most of my morning has been occupied dealing with the fallout from that.

For the moment I’ll just say that 8 hour drives are made much easier when you have a good GPS navigation system easing any worries about getting lost. The Garmin Nuvi 360 performed flawlessly and managed to find decent detours whenever we ran into road construction related backups. Our hosts drove us around all weekend so it didn’t get much use in Iowa itself, but it got us there and home again without incident.

Alas the trip wasn’t without some minor tragedy as, after getting through the whole weekend just fine, I managed to drop my newly repaired Canon Powershot A80 in the parking lot of our apartment complex re-denting the casing on the bottom corner and causing a decorative plastic ring around the lense to pop off. The camera still works fine, but I’m mighty unhappy with myself. I’ll also need to find some plastics appropriate glue to put the ring back on. It’s purely cosmetic, but I’d still like the camera to look halfway decent when I point it at people.

That’s it for now. Haven’t had a chance to see how well the pictures turned out, but will check that this afternoon when I get home.

14 thoughts on “We’re home from Iowa no worse for wear.

  1. Contact DOF.  He knows adhesives and looks like he is starting to feel a little better, but certainly not great.  Glad your trip went well, except for the camera thing.  Statistics show that most accidents happen within five miles of home.

  2. Glad to hear the trip went well. Sorry to hear about the camera, but that Canon sure takes a licking, doesn’t it? Get a tube of model airplane glue and you should have that little champ looking better in no time.

  3. Regular ol’ super glue will take care of the trim ring (I likewise repaired the trim ring on my cell phone just last week, incidentally.) All you’ll need are a few little dabs (too much can deform the plastic, but you’d have to use way too much for that to happen), and be sure to quickly wipe off any that oozes from under the ring when you apply pressure. And don’t glue your fingers to the camera, unless you’re into that sort of thing. raspberry

  4. What, you didn’t turn gay and get married again in Iowa? 

    I’d very much advise against using an alpha cyanoacrylate adhesive like super-glue anywhere near a lens.  You can get vapor deposition on the lens surface that will make it unusable.  When I was repairing cameras I’d occasionally have a customer bring me a lens destroyed this way.  Model airplane glue outgasses solvents and an irritant, both risky. You want a non-outgassing adhesive if you use any at all.

    Questions about the ring: are there any plastic flanges that broke off in the impact?  Or was it ever glued in place?  Can you send me a close-up of the ring and camera?

  5. Glad you had a good trip. Speaking of gay and Iowa, was there any noticeable changes in the marriages of those heteros you encountered? Just askin’.  cheese

  6. Momma, it’s not like I would mind having a new camera.

    DOF, I’ll see if I can get pics of the ring and the camera itself. There are plastic nubs on the ring, but none appear broken and the slots they fit into are huge in comparison. There does appear to be the remnants of some sort of glue or epoxy on both the ring and the camera itself. Getting pics could be tricky considering it’s the best camera I have. Will have to make use of a mirror or something.

    As for the whole gay marriage thing: Nope, didn’t turn gay and get divorced as soon as we hit the state and as near as I could tell all the heterosexual marriages were weathering the gay storm just fine.

  7. All I really need is to identify which ring: maybe we can use Steve’s pictures.

    If it’s the chrome-looking accessory-mount dress ring, you might just be able to bayonet it back on with a snap.  The little button below the lens assembly releases the bayonet mount, allows it to re-engage. 

    If it’s the Canon 3x zoom label ring at the very end, more caution is indicated because that’s not only adjacent to the lens surface but the lens cover mechanism, which is pretty low-energy and can be easily jammed by excess adhesive.

    If it’s the featureless machined aluminum ring between them, use a wee bit of weatherstripping cement applied with a toothpick.

  8. How sad is this? I’ve owned that camera since 2003 and I never knew it could use a lense adapter.

    It’s the top part of the dress ring that came off. It’s visible quite clearly in this picture of the dress ring laying on the table. If you look closely you’ll note that the top chrome part of the ring is a separate piece and that’s what came off. The rest of the dress ring is still attached to the camera.

    Knowing now that it’s a removable piece I may just check with Canon to see how much a replacement dress ring would cost. If it’s cheap I’ll just buy a new one.

  9. Oh well in that case your problem is solved. Simply press the button, un-bayonet the main dress ring mounting flange, and super-glue the two pieces together well away from the camera with no worries.  After a respectable interlude for all outgassing to cease, snap the ring back in place and you’re good to go!

  10. Man anybody else feel just a little bit stupid?  Not saying anybody is making me feel that way, but wow what a bunch of smart people!  Glad the trip went well. Looking forward to seeing the pictures.  And I think the dropping thing is a family trait.  I dropped my new fancy red Samsung cell phone in the toilet. I felt like such a dip shit! tongue rolleye

  11. I didn’t consider the outgassing issue – good catch, DOF. Airplane dope may not be the best afterall, since it “bites” into the workpiece. Could distort the components being glued. CA adhesives tend to do the same.

    Perhaps a bit of fast-drying epoxy might do the trick w/o the vapor deposition issues. They have a 5-minute version that you can find in home center stores. Mix just what you need, wait a minute or two until it gets a bit tacky, then apply with a narrow stick or the end of a small nail.

  12. We are Just about to go on a road trip as well.. I read, with interest, your comments as regards GPS navigation and the Garmin Nuvi 360. I may consider the unit you mentioned for my wife’s car.

    Currently we use a laptop powered by a DC to AC converter connected to the lighter. We use the Microsoft Streets and Trips software with the included GPS Locater (receiver).  I can’t say enough good things about it. It integrates with MS office so you can create lists in excel and import them into the maps as pushpins. This is great if you drive for work to various venders or locations such as in service repair work or is route sales or delivery routes. You can have it show it’s included lists, such as wineries, if you are doing a wine tasting tour, and you can ask it to show hotels, motels with phone numbers; gas stations, too; ll sorts of stuff.

    It may have some draw back (quirks) to dedicated units, but it has loads of flexibility and additional options and functionalities that more than makes up for it, in my view. on the other hand; it’s not always handy haveing to deal with a laptop, so I can see the value in the dedeicated units too.

    One advantage to the MS Streets and Trips is cost. It’s a cheap way to turn your laptop into a really great GPS system. It’s about 60-80 bucks online plus you need to spend around $30 for a DC to AC converter box and no monthly fees unless you want real time traffic updates, but you can get those from Google earth for free anyhow, if you can catch a WiFi signal. 

    If your taking your laptop it a shame not to have the GPS/laptop capability, if only for the ability to zoom in and out on the map with a screen size you can easily read.

    I really do love the technology and would still consider getting a Garmin as well. Goodbye and good riddance to paper maps and map books.

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