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Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 Repair

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Mar 25, 2005
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Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 Repair

There's a reason why Nikon wants $1000 for their lens...Quality!

After a short few months of usage, I noticed my 17-50 was beginning to suck. As it turns out the aperture was limited from f/4.5 to f/32. Not wanting to pay for the repair, I decided to have a go at it. From my first attempt back in March to today, this has been a 10 month job [Im still faster than Canon!]. Here's the set:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kensekiguc ... 817718727/

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Before :mad:
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After :D
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I figured this could be helpful should this happen to someone else. If you have the lens, check it! Make sure you have f/2.8.
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Dec 11, 2004
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Took you ten months to fix it? WOW, kudos!

Recently taken a part a 18-70mm that was stuck, took me 5 hours+ lol

Wasn't it covered under warranty?? 100$..
:D Space for rent :cheesygri
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Daijoubu wrote:
Dec 5th, 2009 5:39 pm
Took you ten months to fix it? WOW, kudos!

Recently taken a part a 18-70mm that was stuck, took me 5 hours+ lol

Wasn't it covered under warranty?? 100$..
A handful of attempts over 10 months. :lol: I would get close to the fix, break something else, and have to go back to fix it. The final repair was elusive but easy. Two screws was all it took.

I bought it used without the warranty.
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Good job!
heatware available upon request
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Looking at your pictures, I've noticed the big difference between Nikon's aperture control lever (at least that's what I call it) and Tamron's. Nikon's doesn't have any adjustment screws. I believe that Nikon makes each one custom to the type of lens. Which means that there is nothing to loosen but cost are higher due to the need for custom parts....
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May 16, 2006
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Why would you have to pay for it? These things come with 6 year warranties. Just go get it fixed for free. No matter how slow the turnaround is, I'm sure it'll be faster than 10 months. But good job on the DIY fix.
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grumps wrote:
Dec 6th, 2009 2:11 am
Why would you have to pay for it? These things come with 6 year warranties. Just go get it fixed for free. No matter how slow the turnaround is, I'm sure it'll be faster than 10 months. But good job on the DIY fix.
Again, it came used without a warranty.
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