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My camera had its lens zoomed out a little when its tripod fell and now it is bent to one side and cannot zoom in or out. I have a Nikon D5300 with an AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6G VR lens. Is there any way that I can fix it myself? I've tried moving it back into place--but to no avail. With the fear of breaking it, I didn't push too hard.

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    The real worry when I see this is that you could have also bent the mount of the camera, which is not as easy to replace as a lens.
    – xenoid
    Jul 4, 2020 at 0:06

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It's already broken, there's very little you can do to make it better or worse.

Time for a new lens. The cost of repair would be significantly higher than a replacement lens.
You can get those for $£€ 40 on eBay [even less if you're willing to wait out an auction], because so many people get them as part of the kit, then immediately want something better.

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  • I couldn't wait to get rid of this lens. A trader offered an exchange with a brand new 35mm f/1.8G and I took it.
    – raviputcha
    Jul 4, 2020 at 2:08
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    Yeah, tbh if the OP lives in or near London & fancies the drive, they can have mine for a token 'beer money' offer ;-)
    – Tetsujin
    Jul 4, 2020 at 11:30

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