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Cranky Minolta 80-200 f2.8 HS

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    Posted: 31 October 2018 at 00:28
Hello everyone,

I have just experienced a really naughty minolta lens. It was being nice to me the other day and then all of a sudden today it was making squeek sounds when focussing. I switched it to MF and it was being quite difficult. After taking the lense off of the body, it remained difficult to turn smoothly.

Have any of you experienced this? Im sad :(

I hope it is possible to repair.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote stiuskr Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 October 2018 at 03:16
Should be repairable, doesn't sound like anything is broken it just needs the focus gear train cleaned and re-lubed with the proper grease.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Metroruss Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 October 2018 at 05:03
Oh awesome!
Thanks stiuskr!!

Do you think it can be done by moi if there happened to be any YouTube or online instructions available?

I am pretty good at this sort of repair.

If you know of any resources, could you point me in the right direction.

Thanks again!!!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote neilt3 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 October 2018 at 11:28
Old grease goes dry , thick and stiff .
Your lens needs a professional CLA .
It's a relatively high value lens of professional quality , assembled to a high precision .


Generally speaking , if you have to ask if you can do this yourself by watching a YouTube video , that's a really , really good indication that you need to leave it well alone and get a professional to do it !

If your competent at such repairs and servicing , then at most you would need the schematics of the lens , a member here , Pete Ganzel , does a repair disc that contains most Minolta lenses , double check that your version is included http://www.pbase.com/pganzel/image/54644996


I would really recommend you to get a professional job done on it though , they don't cost that much to have done correctly , and you don't end up with an expensive paper weight !

Edited by neilt3 - 31 October 2018 at 11:32
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Post Options Post Options   Quote stiuskr Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 October 2018 at 11:51
You could DIY but something like this for a lens like that I'd also recommend to send it off for a proper repair. I have Pete's Lens Repair disc and the 80-200 HS is not included so you'd need to source that info first in order to know what types of grease and oils are needed and then you'll need specialized tool kits.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote 2manycamera Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 October 2018 at 15:36
About 4 years ago, I bought an Minolta 80-200/2.8, black non-HS for a really good price, because it had very sticky aperture blades. At the time, I was working at Pro Camera, in Charlottesville VA. Bill Moritz, is the owner and is a Master repairman of almost any older camera/lens made. He was able to repair my lens to near mint condition and I would highly recommend his service. I also need to add, I listened to his cursing my lens, repeatedly, as being an unreasonably difficult lens to work on. I learned a lot about camera repair working for Bill, the main lesson is to know when not to try something on my own.

Your issue may not be as difficult as on my lens, and may be a DIY repair. I just know that I wouldn't try it.

I left Charlottesville almost three years ago, so I don't know what Bill is taking in for repair, but you can contact him at:
info@procamera.us EDIT: 1st address was incorrect, this one is correct
434-979-1915

Edited by 2manycamera - 31 October 2018 at 16:13
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Post Options Post Options   Quote neilt3 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 October 2018 at 16:00
The other thing to bear in mind is that if you " have a go " yourself , and then find you give up , if it begins to feel it's a bit beyond you .
If you then take it to a repair shop to get them to sort it out , their unlikely to touch it as they don't know what's been done to it , what might have now been broke or lost etc .
Spares aren't available for a long time since , so repairs are unlikely to be accepted .
As things stand now , it just needs a CLA , and a good place will accept the job.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 October 2018 at 16:18
Given the words "all of a sudden" by the OP when he described the problem my guess is that the lens needs a bit more than just CLA and something broke or got jammed inside. So in that case a professional job on such a lens (with many moving parts due to the zoom and internal focussing) would be my recommendation.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Metroruss Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 October 2018 at 18:42
All the comments are very helpful.
Thank you everyone!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote wross Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 December 2018 at 16:19
Hi all! I haven't been here in a long time. How's the family?

I have a problem somewhat similar to the OP. I need work done on a Minolta lens.
Specifically, an AF 200/2.8 cleaned and new lube applied. I contacted Precision Camera, who did my last Minolta lens work #? years ago. They no longer work on Minolta products. Does anyone have any recommendations for reputable, reasonable repair? TIA.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote stiuskr Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 December 2018 at 22:07
Hey Walt, good to hear from you. The first place that came to my mind is KEH, I have no experience using them or any other place for repairs but they should have experience with older gear. But as far as being reasonable goes I see their flat rate for that lens will be $320.   

https://www.keh.com/shop/repair/

Another thought would be to contact https://www.lensrentals.com/, not that they will repair it but they might tell you if there's anybody out there that does service Minolta glass.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote wross Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 December 2018 at 23:47
Thanks, Rob. Good to converse with you too. I thought about KEH but that flat rate scared me away. I've gotten a couple better quotes from some small shops. As I go down this road I'll post updates since there are probably other people with similar needs. Keep your fingers crossed that I find a great shop with realistic pricing that we could all benefit from.    
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