OK....I really need opinions here. Your advice was fantastic for getting my 70-200 f2.8 repaired. So once it has it's new autofocus motor and misc other items.....does that make this lens essentially just like new ? The glass is impeccable so no issue there. Inside a lens (as I understand it) are glass elements that move via an autofocus motor and some sort of moving mechanism. If those items (less the elements) are BRAND NEW.....can I reasonably expect "like new" life out of this.......or should I look to sell it for some discounted amount and buy a new one ??
This lens really works hard in my arsenal. It is 85% of my total shooting and my total shooting is huge.
I know there's no fool proof answer here. Just looking for opinions.
#1. "RE: What Now ??" | In response to Reply # 0Ferguson Nikonian since 19th Aug 2004Wed 21-Nov-12 01:05 PM
>>> Just looking for opinions.
Forget it happened and have fun. Only buy a new one if you want a new feature.
Are the chances something new will go wrong higher or lower vs. new? I think you could argue either way, but I'd wager lower, since half the parts are now past their infancy (electronic part failure tends to have a spike at the very early life, then way-later, so making it past the first few weeks in my opinion improves the likelihood of a long life).
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#2. "RE: What Now ??" | In response to Reply # 0blw Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004Wed 21-Nov-12 02:50 PM
I'd guess that yours is probably quite like new, although the aperture mechanism and probably the helicoids are significantly more worn than a literally new lens. Given that it's very rare for an aperture mechanism to actually fail (rather than its lubricant), I'd say you probably could assume that it is good to go for another round of hard shooting.
On the other hand, you do have an opportunity now to flog it and buy a new lens, if the finances are in place to do that.
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#3. "RE: What Now ??" | In response to Reply # 0MEMcD Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007Wed 21-Nov-12 03:39 PM
I have been using my oldest copy of the 70-200mm f/2.8G ED IF AF-S VR since it was introduced in 2003. It has never required service and continues to work as well today as it did when it was new almost 10 years ago.
As long as you are confident in the lens, there is no need to replace it.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
#4. "RE: What Now ??" | In response to Reply # 3PSAGuy Nikonian since 04th Nov 2008Wed 21-Nov-12 07:35 PM
Thanks all.....some solid advice I think. This is my workhorse and so I have grown attached to it. Like me, it has some battle scars but overall it's a keeper I think.
Thanks as always for the great insight. It's always nice to do a "sanity check" with those in the know.