Tamron 24-70mm f2.8 Repair
I had one of the early 24-70mm f2.8 lenses. I love the VC. The AF was a little inconsistent. And the MF ring was tough to move.
I wrote about some of my thoughts here .
Anyhow.... the MF ring got tougher and tougher to move. I also noticed that the AF was getting a little more erratic. Then I did a shoot of a friends family and my shots were way back focused and the MF ring was frozen. No amount of force would move it.
It was still in warranty so I sent it it for repair. At first they said that it was in warranty and the repair would be free!! Then they said it would cost $250 as the lens had experienced some kind of shock? I am rough on my camera stuff but did not remember a shock. I did put a lot of my strength into trying to get the MF ring to move???
I whined and complained and then had to pay the $250.
So I get the lens back. The MF ring moves way better than it ever had fresh out of the box. And ....
The AF is right on. What I mean by this is that I use Reikans lens cal system. Got another blog with videos on it here . By they way they have both a Mac and PC version...very cool.
Anyhow I ran the lens cal and WOW. Perfect curve fit. Tight repeatable data points. I never got that on the other lens fresh out of the box.
Moral of the story..... if your lens is acting a little goofy and inconsistent... sent it back to the manufacturer. And send it back as soon as you see it. Dont wait until the lens has been "handled" a bit
Also don't expect a lot of sympathy for free lens repair even though its in warranty at Tamron. Happy with the lens, Happy with the Repair, Not so happy with the fee.
I would be curious about others who have experience with Tamron repair.