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  1. #1
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    Oil on aperture blades/repair cost

    Tonight I picked up some new stuff off Craigslist. A Maxxum 5000 that works but is kinda beat up, with a 2800 flash, a 28-85, and a 50mm 1.7. All for $50. The lenses both look almost brand new, glass and cosmetics. The 28-85 seems to be taking good pictures. The 50mm however has a lot of oil on the aperture blades. I figured it was worth $50 to have the 28-85 and the 5000 to play with, but I'm hoping to get what I can out of the 50mm.

    I actually ran into a camera shop on the way home, and the guy said it was about as oily of a lens as he had seen. He said that a repair would probably be in the neighborhood of $70.

    Does that kind of price seem reasonable? Have any of you guys had any experience with lenses being repaired in this way? Thanks.
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    Check out this link http://www.dcresource.com/forums/showthread.php?t=42008 He fixed it himself.

    Frank
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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkie1263 View Post
    Check out this link http://www.dcresource.com/forums/showthread.php?t=42008 He fixed it himself.

    Frank
    Yeah, I was thinking about that, but at the shop they said there is so much oil they think the gasket blew. I don't know enough about lenses to know where that gasket is, but it sounded like a part needs to be replaced.
    Jason Hamilton
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    EOS 5D - Canon EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, EF 35 f/2, EF 50mm f/1.8 Mk II, EF 70-210 f/3.5-4.5 USM, EF 85mm f/1.8 USM, EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro, Helios 44-2 58mm f/2 (with EOS adapter), 430EX, Canon S90
    Nikon FE - Nikkor 35mm f/2 AI'd, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI, Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 AI, F to EF adapter, 2xVivitar 285, other lighting stuff
    Mamiya C220 - 80mm f/2.8

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  4. #4
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    I just read the whole post and seen you did see that post.
    Frank
    Sony A77
    Sony A580
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    Sony 18-70 Kit Lens
    Minolta AF 35-70
    Minolta AF 50 f/1.7
    Tamron 70-300 f/4-5.6 Di LD
    Tamron 60mm Macro
    Tamron 17-50 f/2.8
    Tamron 2x Converter
    Sony HVL-F42AM
    Quantaray 70-300 4.5-5.6 Macro
    Slingshot 200 Bag



    http://www.flickr.com/photos/22083244@N06/

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  5. #5
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    Seems pretty reasonable. To fix one of Don's MinO lenses, it costed about $80ish. Since you pretty much got it for free... I would just try your luck at opening it up and having a good time bonding (probably a couple hours carefully taking it apart/putting it back together and cleaning it) with it .

    If it's like $80, I'm really not sure if it is worth it. On on ebay goes for $100-$125 ish...
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    Cool Investing in perfection ...

    Well, it's worth the $80 if you intend on keeping it. If you are just doing to turn around and resell it ... forget it. The thing about the $80, is that they not only clean it and get it operating ... but, the lens gets its focus realigned to perfection along with a 90-day warranty.

    For what it is worth.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 01-06-2009 at 07:44 PM.
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    Ive been looking for one of these to use so the only reason I would sell it would be to buy a working one. I didnt think about the fact they could "tune-up" the lens at the same time.

    Any reccomrndations on a place to send it, or just go with a local shop.
    Jason Hamilton
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    EOS 5D - Canon EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, EF 35 f/2, EF 50mm f/1.8 Mk II, EF 70-210 f/3.5-4.5 USM, EF 85mm f/1.8 USM, EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro, Helios 44-2 58mm f/2 (with EOS adapter), 430EX, Canon S90
    Nikon FE - Nikkor 35mm f/2 AI'd, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI, Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 AI, F to EF adapter, 2xVivitar 285, other lighting stuff
    Mamiya C220 - 80mm f/2.8

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  8. #8
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    Think this is an official Sony place and where Don sent his to:

    http://www.precisioncamera.com/

    I forgot about the tune up in addition to cleaning. They do a very thorough job it seems (except for Don's A700 lol).
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  9. #9
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    Well, I send my lens, locally, to United Camera (<- use this link)
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

    flickr & Sdi

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    Quote Originally Posted by laydros View Post
    Yeah, I was thinking about that, but at the shop they said there is so much oil they think the gasket blew. I don't know enough about lenses to know where that gasket is, but it sounded like a part needs to be replaced.
    There's no gasket in the lens.

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