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02-13-2011, 07:18 PM   #1
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Cost of DA * 300mm repair?

I'm contemplating purchasing a DA * 300mm. I'm wondering what the cost of SDM repair is on these lenses? I don't know if the cost is different for different lenses or not. I do not want to start any kind of SDM thread here. I'm just looking for repair costs. I searched the forum and didn't find any current prices specific to this lens.
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have you seen the thread about the DIY SDM repair?
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I've seen people say $200-$300 ish for a repair. Mind you the DA*300 is probably mentioned the least in relation to SDM failures.
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Are you buying one that is broken? If not, why worry about it?



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Are you buying one that is broken? If not, why worry about it?

Because I'm deciding whether or not it makes sense for me to purchase insurance.
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have you seen the thread about the DIY SDM repair?
I did read the first post or two when it first came out and lost interest because I don't have any lenses with SDM. But I just went back and read the whole thing. Interesting, thanks for reminding me about this.
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I've seen people say $200-$300 ish for a repair. Mind you the DA*300 is probably mentioned the least in relation to SDM failures.
Thanks, this gives me a number to base my decision on. And good to know the DA * 300 sounds reliable.
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QuoteOriginally posted by kbrede Quote
Because I'm deciding whether or not it makes sense for me to purchase insurance.
With all the SDM fear around here, I don't blame you for being cautious. I didn't mean to imply you shouldn't be.

I'll give you my experience with the lens. I've had it for nearly 3 years now and I use it maybe a couple days every 4 months. It just isn't a focal length I use much but I like having it to go to when I want it. It blows away any 300mm Zoom I've ever touched and most less expensive primes as well. That use frequency is important for this reason. One Theory that has been floated many times for SDM failure is lack of use. I put the lens on the camera, turn it on, press the AF button or the shutter button. If there's anything within range to focus on, it snaps right on and I'm ready to take the picture.

Pentax DA*300mm SDM - a set on Flickr

My other SDM experience goes like this. The DA*55 is another lens that doesn't get used as often as it should. Like the 300, no problems whatsoever. The 50-135, same thing. The only one I seem to be having issues with lately is the 16-50. This is the oldest of the lot. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't and that's a recent development after nearly 4 years of owning it. When it fails all together, I'll worry about it then and attempt my own repair.



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