Faulty lens - Repair or replace?

Faulty lens - Repair or replace?

5 posts
1 May 2014
dhuntuk
Photographer
dhuntuk
I have just been given an 8 year old Tamron f2.8 28-75 lens that works for between 60-200 shots and then it starts making screeching sounds! Sometimes, when I connect it to the camera, it does not work at all.

I knew about the problem, and the lens was free, and I wanted to give it a try with my 5D.

I just wanted to know if anyone has experience with getting a lens repaired. And, should that be the route I take. Or, do I go shopping for a new lens (eg. WEX have one for £359)?

Posted 1 May 2014
HowardJ
Photographer
HowardJ
You could always ask for a quote for the repair. If its too high ask them not to do the work and return the lens. You then look into buy a new one.

Posted 1 May 2014
RedChecker
Photographer
RedChecker
I'd say replace. Even if you do get it fixed for a reasonable-ish cost (say £100-150), there's always the chance something else could go wrong. It's not a premium lens and it's also quite old, whose two alone would put me off investing in it (although on the plus side it's given you a test-drive of sorts as to what that category of lens would be like).
Posted 2 May 2014
eosfan
Photographer
eosfan
Probably best to replace. If you do get an estimate for repair make sure you won't be charged for providing that estimate if you choose not to accept it.

Posted 2 May 2014
dhuntuk
Photographer
dhuntuk
I have just got off my backside and found the Tamron UK service site: http://www.tamron.eu/uk/service/product-assistance.html And, so I'll send it to them. My budget is a bit more restrained than it used to, sadly. If not, then I will buy a new one. It is just so much better, when it works, than my Tamron 28-200 lump. Thank you, guys, for your assistance.
Posted 2 May 2014
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