I am the guy who took a fall with my F5 and had the 2x teleconverter and 80-200 zoom attached.
The F5 is going to cost $385, just to get it repaired enough to get it onto the machine to diagnose the rest. As the tech said, "...it is bent out of shape enough that we cannot get it on the machine".
The teleconverter is going to cost $50. No biggie.
They have to send the lens off to Nikon to fix. The young girl at the front counter told me that she knows that, because the lens is an 80-200 f/2.8 AFS...that stands for At Factory Service (I always thought it stood for Auto Focus - Silent!)
Anyway, I did not embarass her.
It will be interesting to see how much to fix the thing. It was not damaged, so you could tell by looking at it. Just the mounting ring, as I could tell.
However, if it costs $500 or more to fix, you can get the whole new lens for $1500.
At which point does it become impractical to fix and one should just buy a new lens...
"Today is the tomorrow that yesterday you spent money like there was no."
Maybe due to the complicaton of repairing an AF-S lens, the shop prefers to send to Nikon for repair. As for when to replace versus repair, my personal rule of thumb is 75% of the cost of a new item. However, this does depend on what I would consider the quality of repair to be when having it repaired. Also, budget constraints are a large factor too. Hope you get insurance, and least with insurance, it is up to the company to decide what repair versus replacement.
i also wouldn't pay the 400 just to see if it still works...if it's bend that much, i'de hate to think what the internal damage could be...
besides, i find the nikon repair service (the one in europe) a TOTAL RIPP oF!!!!!! they once declared a waterdamaged F4S unrepairable - i gave it with someone who knew a repairshop in south america, were they fixed it for 25 dollars! over here, they now work with fixed repair prices, which is an even bigger ripp of...even if the damage is minor, they charge you a dumpload of money GRRRRRR
if anyone knows of an independant repairshop in belgium, plz let me know!
I learn that F5 is very expensive for buy and very expensive for maintenance and repairing. I have F5 that 'just' stop working and the repairing of that F5 cost me 1000us$!!! (in JAPAN) the import need to send the F5 to Japan for repairing. I have also F90 that I bought as a second hand 6 years ago and it's working perfect. So, sometimes the professional equipment is not the best equipment.