I'll start off by saying that I bought the mentioned lens for £50 because of the stuck aperture problem. I reckoned I'd be able to fix it myself or give it a try.
I know that this ribbon cable issue can effect AF too, as it focus hunts at 85mm which you would expect as the ribbon cable gets moved internally.
An issue of softness has popped up throughout all of the image I took today in Manual Focus. I thought at first it was my technique however, in live view at 10x digizoom I manually focused on the part in 'red box near center' in the below picture, and in live view it was sharp.
I took the picture, and checked over the image and its just generally soft, with no point of focus even though, I did find MF in Live View.
|IMAGE IS A REDIRECT OR MISSING!|
HTTP response: NOT FOUND | MIME changed to 'image/gif' | Redirected to error image by FLICKR
Canon 17-85 MF issues by Campsie Photography, on Flickr
f/4 (can't choose anything smaller)
Is there anything I can do to rectify this or have I bought a dud?
Thanks for the help