BlazingSkies wrote in post #17439490
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 If new, why not use the warranty or is it out of date? If it is out of date, then you have had some use out of the lens already and even if you had bought a v2 for $1100 that could now need repair and you would then have spent $1400.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.