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09-05-2016, 11:47 AM   #1
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DA* 60-250 repair options

My 60-250 went flaky on me. Interestingly I think the motor is still firing and it's something in the focus mechanism. I hear the motor run but focus does not change and it also doesn't change when I turn the ring to manual focus so it's not usable at all right now.
I got an automated quote from Precision for $300 and I'm not convinced it would be worth it and may just invest in a different lens. Unfortunately I will need to act soon and I'm not feeling flush at the moment having recently gotten the 15-30.

Is there anywhere else that will service this lens for less?

09-05-2016, 12:08 PM   #2
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QuoteOriginally posted by mattb123 Quote
My 60-250 went flaky on me. Interestingly I think the motor is still firing and it's something in the focus mechanism. I hear the motor run but focus does not change and it also doesn't change when I turn the ring to manual focus so it's not usable at all right now.
I got an automated quote from Precision for $300 and I'm not convinced it would be worth it and may just invest in a different lens. Unfortunately I will need to act soon and I'm not feeling flush at the moment having recently gotten the 15-30.

Is there anywhere else that will service this lens for less?
Keh.com flat fee is a little less, $235 + $12 return shipping and whatever your ship to cost is. I do trust them and they will respond to status requests. Did a great job on a 645 FA 80-160 for me, but they did have to wait for parts.

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Man you have been running into some bad luck with your K1 and all. Sounds like the quick shift mechanism has failed or is stuck. Like a transmission stuck in neutral. Like Brooke said the only other place here in the US that I know is KEH. I have heard better things from KEH than Precision. However there is the new DFA* 70-200 is you have the funds. I certainly would miss my 60-250. Good luck and keep us posted.
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Convert it to screwdrive maybe?


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before you give up on it, leave the lens cap on, put it in AF, half press the shutter (or use the AF button if you have it set up that way) and while it's trying to focus, rapidly move the focus ring back and forth rapidly. once it stops trying to focus, repeat the process.


apparently this can help to sort out lenses that are "stuck" as opposed to failed completely.
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Yeah, it's been kind of rough lately and I also broke two phones in as many weeks recently. I'm hoping I'm just catching up from a long run of good equipment luck and this streak will be done soon.

Anyway, I might rather try my luck with KEH as well. I didn't realize they offered this service. I's also like to try that FF conversion on the 60-250 and postpone the cost of a 70-200 for a while at least. I need to sell more images before I can take that step.
The lens did this once before and then re-engaged when I was moving zoom and focus back and forth. No luck yet this time.
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Convert it to screwdrive maybe?
I don't think this lens has been able to be converted, yet.
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I recently asked these guys for a quote on a "tune-up" for my Sigma 150-500. Here is their reply. Maybe they are a place to contact. I hope this helps.


Hi Don,

We offer free evaluations if you decide to send your lens in for service. If no repairs are needed, then we offer a 25.00 cleaning for the lens.

Thank you,
C.R.I.S. Customer Service

C.R.I.S. Camera Services | 250 N. 54th Street, Chandler AZ 85226
Phone: 480.940.1103 | Fax: 480.940.1329
Monday – Friday 8:30a.m. to 5:00p.m. Arizona Time
Web: criscam.com | Blog: camerarepair.org | Email: customerservice@criscam.com


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QuoteOriginally posted by AggieDad Quote
I recently asked these guys for a quote on a "tune-up" for my Sigma 150-500. Here is their reply. Maybe they are a place to contact. I hope this helps.


Hi Don,

We offer free evaluations if you decide to send your lens in for service. If no repairs are needed, then we offer a 25.00 cleaning for the lens.

Thank you,
C.R.I.S. Customer Service

C.R.I.S. Camera Services | 250 N. 54th Street, Chandler AZ 85226
Phone: 480.940.1103 | Fax: 480.940.1329
Monday – Friday 8:30a.m. to 5:00p.m. Arizona Time
Web: criscam.com | Blog: camerarepair.org | Email: customerservice@criscam.com
I don't think CRIS will touch a Pentax lens (that is what they told me I think a year ago). They used to hold the contract for repairs in the US but that shifted a few years ago over to Precision. CRIS still handles Sigma products though (including K mount lenses). However, if they need a part, they likely can't get them if the lens is discontinued (again what they told me after I sent in my Sigma 105mm Macro -- they claim it needs a new front element [which seems fine] but since it is discontinued they can't get parts and just shipped it back).
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Try rotating the screwdrive AF coupler in the mount. The problem may be due to a stuck Quick-Shift Focus System clutch. These hybrid screwdrive/in-lens AF systems are rather fragile and I've had some issues with mine which might be explaining some of the SDM trouble I've been having.

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