Ouch! Baby needs a new shutter (A77ii)
The shutter (~35K clicks) on my A77ii gave it up a few days ago. There doesn't seem to be any big scratches or gouges on the sensor:
After filling out their form and including photos of the problem, I received the following repair estimate via email from Sony-authorized Photo Tech camera repair in NYC:
"We are Sony authorized and perform these repairs commonly. A repair for this issue and cleaning internally is considered a full overhaul repair and the cost for this is between $355 to $485 depending how many parts involved. A technician would perform an exact estimate within 2 business day and our repair turn around time is currently 7-10 working days providing we have all parts in stock. The repairs would come with a warranty and technicians are Sony trained and only use Sony original parts.
Email estimate is subject to re-estimate upon internal inspection, prices are subject to change. Prices are in addition to shipping and local taxes if applicable"
Having a shutter failure at 35K clicks is really disappointing, but as long as Photo Tech's overhaul doesn't find additional problems ~$500 is doable for me. I see Encompass currently has a shutter and even a whole mirrorbox in-stock. I might ask them to replace the top plate switch blocks too.
I'm currently shooting with A99ii and back-up A77.
I'll wait on repairs until Sony's rumored announcement of two new APS-C E-mount cameras at the end of August. This might complicate the decision - Sony always does this to me at exactly the right time.
Bummer......shutters are like that - unpredictable!
You're probably correct in waiting it out to see what comes down the path.
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