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I dropped my Nikon D3200. Camera still turns on, but the lens wont attach to the body. It looks like something at the bottom of the lens might be broken; not the actual lens, but a small black circle type of thing. Anybody has any idea how much something like that will cost to repair?

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marked as duplicate by Michael Nielsen, mattdm, Paul Cezanne, MikeW, John Cavan Jun 26 '13 at 3:21

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Can you post some pictures of your lens? Does the camera shoot pictures without the lens attached? – Regmi Jun 25 '13 at 18:15
See also Is it worth repairing a broken kit lens? – mattdm Jun 25 '13 at 18:50
it says you need a lens to shoot. – dermot Jun 25 '13 at 20:29
@dermot You will have to put the camera in manual mode. – Benjamin Cutler Jun 25 '13 at 20:45
The linked question discusses the "worth it" aspect of your question and is more relevant I think. Lens repair usually isn't that expensive, but for consumer lenses, it's not normally worth it. You're better off looking at a new one, the drop may be more damage than the obvious. – John Cavan Jun 26 '13 at 3:24

Your best bet is to contact a Nikon service center about it and ask them for an estimate. It's hard to tell what might actually be wrong without a more detailed explanation and possibly photos. Even the Nikon service center might not be able to estimate it without actually having the camera in hand. There is normally a ring that doesn't go all the way around the lens on Nikon lenses, so what you think is the problem might not even be the problem.

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First ensure that your camera works. Shoot a few pictures without the lens and confirm that you get pictures. Better idea would be to borrow a lens from a friend or go to a local retailer. If you figure that your lens is broken but your camera is okay, you can buy a new lens for 200 or less. This means your max budget for repairs should not exceed 200. Then follow @AJ Henderson's answer and decide which way you want to go based on the cost.

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hmm it says it needs a lens to shoot.. – dermot Jun 25 '13 at 19:15
@dermot You will have to put the camera in manual mode. – Benjamin Cutler Jun 25 '13 at 20:44

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