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Do I replace/fix/upgrade my broken photo lens?

     
11:46 am on Oct 10, 2012 (gmt 0)

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So last week my stock 18-55mm lens stopped being able to autofocus.

Needless to say, I wasn't too happy with that (although, since the lens is a good few years old, and knowing what I've put it through, I'm not too surprised).

So, I've got a few options.

Option 1 - I try and get it fixed.

- Option 1a - I fix it myself. I think I know what's up with it, but I can't get one of the screws off, so that's stopped me in my tracks. My next step is to drill the screwhead off, but I don't want to do that if there's a better option!

- Option 1b - I send it off to be repaired. I've got a quote for it - between 70-100. But, I can replace it new for 80-odd, so I don't think that's worth it.

Option 2 - I replace it, like for like. Will cost 80-odd. Not that excited by that option though.

Option 3 - I replace it with something better. Might hit into the 300 range though, which is an option, but being tight-fisted, I'm not convinced yet.

Option 4 - I learn how to focus manually for ever more.

Option 5 - I do nothing.

Any thoughts?
1:00 pm on Oct 10, 2012 (gmt 0)

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They'll all have a finite life: has it reached the end of its usable life?

If you use autofocus a great deal then it's something you want. If you're happy with manual focus, just keep on using it as is.

If you really love the lens, send it for repair.

If the new lens is going to cost about the same as the repair, you don't have a lot to lose if you give it a go and try the repair yourself, especially if you have an idea that it's fixable. If you can't fix it yourself, assuming you've not destroyed it, you can still take it in for the repair.
 

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