Broken Lens - Repair or Replace?

Discussion in 'Medium Format Cameras and Accessories' started by Peter Williams, Oct 28, 2005.

  1. Peter Williams

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    Well I've done it - dropped the 75mm lens for my Mamiya 6 on the cement. Aperture ring doesn't turn, shutter doesn't fire, and the filter ring is toast. So here's the good news - fully insured. I have sent the lens to Mamiya for a repair estimate, but they only offer a 90 warranty on their repairs. Also, I have the lens insured for much more than a used on would go for nowadays. Is is smarter to go with a factory repair job on the current lens, or to take the insurance money and buy another used one? Which one seems less risky?
     
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    Have you talked to your insurance agent about it? I ask because I am a former agent and we usually would have required at least the option to repair or proof of the actual replacement cost with a new item. Things do get a bit more interesting with something like this that is no longer available new (at least I don't think it is).Don't automatically assume that you will get whatever it is insured for, that policies I worked with wouldn't have done that. In other words, if you have not yet spoken with your agent, do so.

    Back to your actual question. I think you would be better off with a very nice used one if you are getting enough extra to cover a CLA on it. You can assume that it likely has not suffered the kind of trauma that your lens has and that all it will likely need is a CLA. Given that choice, I would probably get the used one.
     
  3. Peter Williams

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    Thanks for the input Paul. I did speak to my agent and they gave me two options: 1) I can give them the lens and they will cut me a check right there for the insured amount, no questions asked, or 2) I can get a repair estimate and they will pay that amount, whichever I prefer.
     
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    It's a no-brainer then, replace it.
     
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    When I dumped my wife's DSLR in a river, my insurance agent told me that they would process the claim.

    However, she also mentioned
    1) I have a significant deductible
    2) that they keep track of who makes claims, and this doesn't help you in getting good rates, or renewed, etc.

    I am pretty sure that (2) was not something she was supposed to say, but in the end I didn't file the claim.

    Matt

    If you junk the lens, let me know. I am giving old camera stuff to my nephew. I figure 9 year olds love to take things apart, and lenses are always cool toys....
     
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    Yikes, Matt! What I have is called a personal articles policy that doesn't have a deductible. The premiums are also very inexpensive. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.
     
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    I agree that getting the new lens is the better option, as long as you are getting enough from the insurance company to justify it. It sounds from your first post like you are, so I say "go for it!"