Upload & Sell: Off
A couple weeks ago, I looked in my camera bag and noticed my equipment was displaced. I'm thinking, "what the hell?" It seemed like my bag was dropped. I checked out all my equipment everything was fine, except my 70-200 2.8 II had a slight dent on the lens cap, and also the hood wasn't sitting properly. It appears my lower pro backpack had been dropped long ways with the lens making contact with a hard surface. I thought, "ok well the filter is still intact, perhaps the cap absorbed the impact." I mount the lens and when i turned the camera on and tried to focus, the camera would error out with the AF straining making a loud noise! On top of that, i noticed the zoom was stuck! Off to Canon for repair...
After sending the lens in, I get a call a week later with an estimate of around $300. Hurts the bank a bit but ok, I really need this lens so it needs to be fixed. Another week goes by, I get a call yesterday. Now the estimate is around $800! Holy@#$%! I'm crushed... I love this lens but simply can't afford to get it fixed and am now held up from work! I don't know what to do...
Canon says it's $600 in parts and they basically have to rebuild the lens, new IS, New zoom mechanism.
I'm thinking I should cut my loses and sell the lens as is and with the money I have left, find a 135 2.0L and 85mm 1.8 to get my by for now... What do you guys think? I'm really at a loss here...