17-85 with stuck aperture blades out of warranty. Repair cost?
Today my 350D with an EF-S 17-85 has started to sporadically give err 99. I was able to ascertain it only occurred with the EF-S 17-85, not with the Sigma 30 f1.4 and the EF 70-200 L IS. The situation has quickly deteriorated and now the 17-85 has stuck aperture blades at very slow apertures -- the view through the viewfinder is VERY dark, the camera cannot focus with that lens, and I can clearly see internal parts rotate with clunky noises. But again, the other lenses work flawlessly.
And of course I am out of warranty. Has anybody got a canon lens with stuck blades repaired by canon? How much was charged?
In the meantime, I will have to shoot with a funny combo, and using a very fast standard prime as the main lens can be a challenging exercise for me -- in fact, I may learn a lot...
Maybe it is also the right time to upgrade (to a 40d with the 17-55 f2,8 and the new Tokina ATX 116).
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