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Feb 19, 2015 14:45 |  #1

How do you guys deal with repair costs? I bought a 24mm 1.4L version 1 for $700, and it needs repair which cost $300... so I've spent $1000 on the lens; I could have bought a version 2 for $1100... I'm really annoyed by that fact. What should my mindset be in cases such as these?




  
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Feb 19, 2015 14:53 |  #2

Tools are rarely good investments from a $$ resale value standpoint. Most tools have very low resale value.
Lenses are near the top of the curve in this regard.


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Feb 19, 2015 15:00 |  #3

BlazingSkies wrote in post #17439490 (external link)
How do you guys deal with repair costs? I bought a 24mm 1.4L version 1 for $700, and it needs repair which cost $300... so I've spent $1000 on the lens; I could have bought a version 2 for $1100... I'm really annoyed by that fact. What should my mindset be in cases such as these?

Did you buy it new or used? If new, why not use the warranty or is it out of date? If it is out of date, then you have had some use out of the lens already and even if you had bought a v2 for $1100 that could now need repair and you would then have spent $1400.

If used, that is the risk you take buying used without a warranty.

Anytime you buy a product with sophisticated, complicated engineering you accept the risk that once the warranty runs out you could be liable for repair costs, it's like running a car, sooner or later something is likely to need fixing. My mindset is one of acceptance, I won't be happy about it but repair bills are a fact of life in a technological society. If not the camera gear, then the car, computer, washing machine, mobile phone, boiler etc. This can't be the first thing you have bought that needs fixing or replacing surely. It's just part of life, not a pleasant one but no different to gas and electric bills, tax and so on.

I don't see any other way of looking at it, unless you are paranoid and think that God is out to make you, personally, suffer.




  
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Feb 19, 2015 15:04 as a reply to  @ sandpiper's post |  #4

Thanks for the advice guys.




  
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Feb 20, 2015 12:05 |  #5

BlazingSkies wrote in post #17439490 (external link)
How do you guys deal with repair costs? I bought a 24mm 1.4L version 1 for $700, and it needs repair which cost $300... so I've spent $1000 on the lens; I could have bought a version 2 for $1100... I'm really annoyed by that fact. What should my mindset be in cases such as these?

Did it need the repairs when you bought it? In that case, yes I'd be upset. If it was good when you bought it and then something broke, you might have had the same thing happen to the brand new lens, in which case you'd be out $1400 instead of $1000.


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Feb 20, 2015 16:10 |  #6

CyberDyneSystems wrote in post #17439502 (external link)
Tools are rarely good investments from a $$ resale value standpoint. Most tools have very low resale value.
Lenses are near the top of the curve in this regard.

This is an excellent mindset to have when considering one's photography gear purchases.

Like other tools, you normally assess the condition of the lens when buying used, and the price you pay is typically based on how much wear and tear has been put on the lens. Therefore, if something should go wrong, and necessitate a repair, that cost has already been (to some degree) accounted for by the fact that you paid less for a used lens.

I would like to know more about your situation; did you buy the lens used?

Did you buy it new?

When did you buy the lens?

How much did you use it before the problem came about?

Were there any signs that this problem might happen before it actually did?

What is wrong with the lens?

Is it a problem that you could circumvent by shooting differently?

Or, is it a problem that keeps the lens from being able to be used, no matter how much inconvenience you're willing to deal with (such as having to manually focus for every shot)?

Basically, what's the whole story?


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Feb 20, 2015 19:19 |  #7

there's always a bit of a risk when buying used...sometimes the lens goes bad, and needs a repair, sometimes it lasts for years...if a lens needs a repair, there's really nothing you can do about it...so no use getting upset over it...but after it isn't working correctly, you should look at it as "can you get a 24mm f1.4L for $300 anywhere?" no, so the best thing to do is to repair it as it's also the cheapest way to get back to what you had


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Feb 20, 2015 20:42 |  #8

Fix it and take beautiful photos with it. I'm not trying to be snarky, I have been in that boat. Anger about it will fade faster the sooner you do what you set out to do by buying it in the first place.




  
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