Hey Jim, I must have missed the part where you said you only paid $90 for the lens. Yeah, then if you cant fix it yourself, I would justify just buying a new one.
The Sigma lens I had to send in had been dropped from about 5 feet and had a little plastic piece floating around inside the glass
So there was no way to repair it myself.
I never try to intentionally be rough on my equipment, but lugging it around 100% of the time with me, it just naturally gets bumped and banged on things. I NEVER go anywhere without at least one of our camera bodies in tow.
I was going to make this its own thread because this just ahppened to me two days ago. Listen to how close I was with this mishap.
We were on a boat dock and I was unslinging my camera from over my shoulder when the stap came un-done and started to fall towards the water. That's a 1D body with a 28-300L lens on it
I grabbed onto the strap that had come loose from the mounting straps and caught it just before it hit the dock where it probably would have bounced into the ocean!! Can you say "Filled My Drawers!"
Once we got on the boat and I caught my breath, I noticed that the other side was also right ont he verge of coming loose. This is just from everyday use and working its way out of the buckles.
So I took the entire strap apart on both bodies and made sure that they were done with plenty of extra material on the end of the buckles.
Everyone who reads this should go check their straps! This is now a weekly maintenance routine I am going to check on.
The camera this happened to had about 500 images of jumping Mobulas, Whales and numerous other once in a lifetime captures on it. If it would have fallen into the ocean, I probably would have fell down crying like a little kid on the dock.
Just a warning for everyone who carries their cameras with a strap.