Am I CRAZY ??
How crazy is it to spend 3X what you paid for a lens for a cla?
I bought one with "no return" privelges !!
It looks good -the glass looks perfect & the lens body only has a tiny amount of paint loss. I think this will be a good lens after the sticky appeture leaves are freed up. Seller said it had been in storage for a while.
The lens is a Vivitar Series 1 28-90 f2.8-3.5 for Minolta md mount.
Repair costs often are more than the value of the item. The biggest factor in repairing an item is time. And that's something that you can't change.
For example, you can only disassemble, service and then reassemble a lens or camera at a certain pace.
And so most repair bills are based on time.
I can say without hesitation that it takes just as much time to service a $40 Yashica SLR as it does a $500 Kyocera Contax SLR. And so while a $50 repair bill for the Contax might not seem outrageous, it makes you pause as to whether you would spend that on a Yashica. By the way, the average cost for routine service is closer to $100.
I just recently spent a fair amount for a lens CLA, and my situation was almost identical to yours. The lens was in great shape, but had sticky blades. Since the lens was somewhat hard to come by, I opted for the CLA (which cost $45...almost as much as the lens). Interestingly, I just received the lens back today.
My advice would be to base your decision on the general obtainability of the lens and the relative usefulness of the lens to you. Also, you might think of it this way: you bought the lens for a bargain, and so whatever you pay for the CLA would perhaps bring the lens up to its actual value. The bottom line for me is: I would rather pay $50 to CLA a $25 classic lens--a real lens--than pay $300 for some plastic wonder lens.
If it is personally worth is to you (not talking money here) go for it. Is it worth the trouble for a Vivitar lens?
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I just had a shutter for my Speed Graphic CLA'd. At the same time some parts were required to get the 'M' synch to work. I could have "won" a whole other lens and shutter off of eBay for less than the repair cost but guess what? The replacement would also need a CLA. Now I have a shutter that will work properly. I intend to use this camera. I have every reason to believe that I will get decades more service out of my Speed Graphic if I continue to do maintenance. If you want to have a Professional quality camera, you will have to take care of it. Ebay is filled with nice cameras that would work for a while and then die from neglect.
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If you decide to replace it, I will take it off your hands. Worth a shot at disassembly because replacing it is low dollar.
"Wubba, wubba, wubba. Bing, bang, bong. Yuck, yuck, yuck and a fiddle-dee-dee." - The Yeti
I do this all the time with camera bodies. Bought an EOS 630 last year for $25 and spent $100+ having it refurbished. Waste of money, certainly, but I really like the camera and enjoy using it, so it was worth it. Did the same thing this year to a pair of XD11s. It seems a shame to have something that doesn't work properly.
Right now in Spain they're holding the Running of the Bulls,
followed by the Soiling of the Pants, and the Burying of the Idiots.
The Vivitar Series I lens group are all very high quality. Definitely worth an investment.
Originally Posted by Ektagraphic
Bessa R, Canon P, Fed 2, Kiev 4AM, Leica M2 & M4, Hexar AF, Canonet QL17 GIII, Yashica GT
Originally Posted by jime11
That particular lens is worth it.
Boils down to passion.... I bought a Minolta XGA for $45 then paid $120 to have it recovered with bright red snake skin leather. Waste of money? Maybe but I simply liked the camera so it was worth it to me.
RB67, ETR, ETRS, F4, F5, FM3a, A1, AE1,
Bronica-S, Mamiya-7, Yashica TLR, & many many Range finders