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Sending lens to APS -- Should I send my camera as well?

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Fri 30-Oct-20 10:38 AM
The time has come, the Walrus said, to squeak of many things.

My 17-35mm f/2.8D has been squeaking for about 8(!) years now. But a couple of days ago, I trotted it out and it refused to focus at all. Only after moving the focusing ring manually a few times did the squeak and AF operation return.

I haven't made a final decision, but I'm leaning towards having the lens repaired. Is it worth sending in my D800 at the same time for a checkup and a thorough sensor cleaning? Nikon recommends having the camera serviced "every three to five years," and I've yet to do so.

Yes, I know it's a $500+ repair for a lens that's barely worth that much, but I really like using that range and I don't have anything else with an aperture ring between 20mm and 35mm.

"There is no real magic in photography, just the sloppy intersection of physics and art." — Kirk Tuck