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    Posted: 12 October 2021 at 08:05
Um, err, um.......I blame my disability.

Some time ago, I dropped my camera hard on concrete. I had a silicon skin on the camera and that's OK. However, my lens cracked about half way around just behind the zoom ring.

Now, I do have good insurance cover and was able to go to the Sony shop and select replacement lenses to the value of it. I didn't get another the same because this was not long before a surgery and I knew I wouldn't be shooting sports for a while.

The insurance company didn't want the lens and I still have it. It actually still works on the camera, it just has this break and must be misaligned.

I'm wondering whether stripping it and metal bonding the fracture is possible or practical. I can't do it from the outside because the break is right under the end of the zoom ring and I can't reach it.

Any experts out there who know about these and can offer advice?
It just seems so wasteful to bin it
 



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Sadly a rather well known issue with the 70-200G, knowing about it I'm careful with mine and try to minimize the bumps it gets.

Going by older threads about it it's an internal plastic barrel holding the lens together that can't stand the shock of a drop and it rips the screw blocks right off the barrel.

DPR review thread about it.

Seem the part needed is identified on page 2 but encompass nowadays claim the item is out of stock.
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Mightn't the legendary Phototronics in Palmerston North be interested in buying the damaged lens from you for parts?
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Originally posted by SnowFella SnowFella wrote:

Sadly a rather well known issue with the 70-200G,


Thanks for that link. Looks like it might be worth contacting Sony's repair agent and asking the question. Given I've been paid out, a $500 repair bill might be worth it.
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Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:

Mightn't the legendary Phototronics in Palmerston North be interested in buying the damaged lens from you for parts?


I had no idea they did that.
However, I've emailed Sony's Auckland repair service and they have already replied saying they can repair it. I'll obviously get a quote forst but, looking at Retailers and TradeMe; it would seem to have a value of around $1,800 new (lowest price offer found here) and $1,000 2nd hand.
It's otherwise in absolutely mint condition so certainly worth spending on.
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Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:

Mightn't the legendary Phototronics in Palmerston North be interested in buying the damaged lens from you for parts?


Well I didn't sell it to them but I did ask them to fix it. Costing me NZ$415.00 incl tax and return freight. Should have it back next week. Thanks for reminding me they exist: they're about 500km away and weren't in my mind. The Auckland Sony agent was rubbish; wouldn't even give me a ballpark figure, just wanted to charge me the inspection fee.

Got my A7R converted to full spectrum IR at the same time.
 



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