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 Post subject: Longevity of gear
PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2008 11:22 pm 
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I was in deep thought about the longevity of investment in high-end lenses and other expensive photographic gear.
So I wanted to have some feedback from you on problems with focus-motors on lenses and also image stabilization as I think this is another moving part that could go awol.
- Who has "motorized" (AF-S, HSM, USM,...) and IS-lenses that have given up their ghost?
- How fast?
- Did the manufacturer fix it?
- How expensive?
- Problems with bodies that needed repair?

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Great question Thomas... luckily any kit I've bought hasn't given up on me yet, but then it does get a rest when I'm testing new cameras...


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I thought lens were meant to last like 20 years.


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Usually. But it's reasonably to assume that with lenses getting more complicated (internal focusing motors and image stabilisation), there's certainly more to go wrong.


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Exactly TelexStar!
The problems should not be the aperture and the mechanical focussing but those elements that need (micro)drives in the lens itself like AF-S, HSM andimage stab.
After I've heard some stories about the longevity of the AF-drives in lenses I wonder whether it was a good idea to put such a sensitive elementin a lens instead of using the drive of the cam-body - as we all believe(d) that lenses should last much longer than bodies :?

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