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12-04-2012, 09:28 PM   #1
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Pentax SMC 28-80 f/3.5 lens problem

My problem with this lens is when I turn it back from 80 to 28, it sticks at approximately 35. With a little gentle encouragement it moves all the way back to 28. Interestingly enough, when I turn to 80 from 28, there is no stopping at all, just a smooth travel. To give a better idea, when it sticks on 35 it feels as though there is a grain of sand in there. No, I have not been to the coast in years. My concern is that by continuing to use this lens in this condition, I may be compounding the problem to where eventually it will no longer be cost effective to have it repaired. Any assistance will be greatly appreciated.

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12-04-2012, 09:38 PM   #2
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As cheap as that lens is to replace I wouldn't worry about it, the cost of any repair is already far beyond the value of the lens. You can find them for $10-20 on eBay regularly, sometimes with an auto focus film body attached.

Use it until it dies or you find something better, there isn't a shortage of Pentax F/FA/FA J 28-80mm lenses in the world.

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