Lens repair experiences?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Westside guy, May 2, 2014.

  1. Westside guy, May 2, 2014
    Last edited: May 2, 2014

    Westside guy macrumors 603

    Westside guy

    Oct 15, 2003
    The soggy side of the Pacific NW
    Long time no see!

    I have a Tamron 60mm f/2 Macro (Nikon mount) that I purchased last October (used - from KEH). I absolutely LOVE this lens, and have used it quite a bit. But, this morning, when I went to take a photo with it... it won't focus. Whether in autofocus or manual focus, the gears seem to be turning (in manual, I can turn the focus ring just fine); but the focal point doesn't change.

    I am hoping to hear from other folks who've had lenses repaired - who did you have do it? Were you satisfied with the quality of the work? I'm especially interested in hearing from anyone who's had KEH repair their lens, since they've moved to a flat fee structure for this stuff.

    I have looked at our local camera shops, but the ones I know of don't do their own work - they just ship it out.

    Thanks for any guidance or information you can provide!

    P.S. I'm in the greater Seattle area, in case anyone wants to vouch for a local repair shop.
  2. Apple fanboy macrumors Penryn

    Apple fanboy

    Feb 21, 2012
    Behind the Lens, UK
    We use advanced camera services at work, but based in the UK probably not much help to you.
  3. snberk103 macrumors 603

    Oct 22, 2007
    An Island in the Salish Sea
    I'm not sure why shipping the lense to a repair shop is an issue. Repairing cameras and lenses is a highly specialized field - far beyond what a camera store can provide. Check to see who they are using. If the same shop name crops up repeatedly check them out.

    A good camera shop that deals with professional photographers is not going to ship their stuff to shoddy repair shop.
  4. MCAsan macrumors 601


    Jul 9, 2012
    In the past I had Tamron repair two lenses. And I had Canon repair a lens.

    Both experiences were OK.... but not inexpensive. ;)
  5. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    First step is to check the prices for a USED Nikon macro lens. DOn't pay more to fix your broken Tamron than the price of a used Nikon

    Then why not let the camera shop ship the lens out? Assume the shop has found a good repair outfit. They have done to work for you.

    A used Tamron may not be worth repairing. check prices on the used market first.
  6. Westside guy thread starter macrumors 603

    Westside guy

    Oct 15, 2003
    The soggy side of the Pacific NW
    Thank you all for the replies.

    The Nikon 60mm macro only goes to f/2.8 and doesn't have the nice bokeh the Tamron does when used for portraiture.

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