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)?
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).
I have just got off my backside and found the Tamron UK service site:
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.