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    14-24 Lockdown

    Been a while since I've been round, but finishing a PhD (which is done) and travelling around the world will tend to do that. So, seems like I am having a bad run with pro-nikon gear, this time with a fault in my 14-24 F2.8.

    I've noticed for a little while now that the zoom was a bit rough and sticky, but its finally reached the point where it has locked up completely - kind of fortunately at 14mm (yay, a heavy 14mm 2.8 Prime ). Took it in to Camera Clinic and their diagnosis - oh you will have to pay 913 dollars to fix it (which basically is them getting a new lens and replacing it). Not happy jan - given I am pretty sure its probably just sand clogging the zoom mechanism (hint, don't take your lenses shooting on 250m high dunes near the rockies and go storm chasing regularly). Anyone else had experience with this and potentially aware of more economical ways to fix it? The other problem I've had with it is a tendency for the CPU communication of F-stop to fail to camera, and hence the camera displaying an F0 return. While a little jiggling seems to fix this if anyone has any suggestions would appreciate it.

    Seems like I am destined to be unable to buy new gear in the short term at least. While I have been saving for a 105mm Macro and a Teleconverter 2.0 III, this repair looks like clearing out my camera fund for the short term at least. Fortunately I start a new job in the states in February, so should be able to at least to repair it then.
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    Get another quote would be the option i would check first, $900+ seems a bit rich.
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    This is consistent with what they told me last year when I was getting my Tokina 12-24 fixed.

    They said that, although it took 6 months to get the parts, at least they could get them, unlike the Nikon 12-24 which is nearly impossible to repair and usually results in replacement with a new lens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xebadir View Post
    ....... Fortunately I start a new job in the states in February, so should be able to at least to repair it then.
    This option may be a PITB, but maybe hold off until you are settled in the states and get it repaired there .. it may be cheaper.
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