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    Tune up for old lens

    The 18-55mm kit lens on my 10-year old D60 is starting to show its age. The Zoom ring is a little tight and the focus motor is sounding like me on an early morning. It's a kit lens, but I swear by it - always gave good sharp pictures. It's an AF-S lens that I've nicknamed the Canonball 'cuz it's so huge.

    Anyway, are there places out there that tune up old lenses? If not, I may just take it to my neighborhood bike shop.


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    Re: Tune up for old lens

    As cheap as these lenses are you would probably be better off buying a new one.
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    Just looked at B&H. They have the 18-55, depending on VR or not, from $197, to $247. It would cost over $100 for any repair or "tune up". Agree 100% with Don.

    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/searc...7caps-c-lenses
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    Don Kuykendall's Avatar

    Re: Tune up for old lens

    You can get a used one at KEH for as little as $84

    https://www.keh.com/shop/nikon-18-55...yABEgK26PD_BwE
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    Re: Tune up for old lens

    Quote Originally Posted by pendennis View Post
    Just looked at B&H. They have the 18-55, depending on VR or not, from $197, to $247. It would cost over $100 for any repair or "tune up". Agree 100% with Don.

    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/searc...7caps-c-lenses
    So there are places that do tune ups and repairs. Honestly I did consider just replacing the lens, but assumed a tune up would be way cheaper.

    Don - thanks for the KEH link.
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    Re: Tune up for old lens

    https://usedphotopro.com/products/us...ource=category

    Robert's Camera has it for $76, in Excellent condition, Free shipping, and a 6 month warranty
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    Re: Tune up for old lens

    Quote Originally Posted by FredKingston View Post
    https://usedphotopro.com/products/us...ource=category

    Robert's Camera has it for $76, in Excellent condition, Free shipping, and a 6 month warranty
    Now we're talkin'!

    To be honest, I need another 18-55mm like a hole in the head. (I have an AF-S and an AF-P) But Used Photo Pro has an 18-70 f3.5-4.5 for about the same price. Might as well do that and breathe a little life into that old box.

    Thanks all!

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    Re: Tune up for old lens

    Quote Originally Posted by Classified View Post
    Now we're talkin'!

    To be honest, I need another 18-55mm like a hole in the head. (I have an AF-S and an AF-P) But Used Photo Pro has an 18-70 f3.5-4.5 for about the same price. Might as well do that and breathe a little life into that old box.

    Thanks all!
    I have the 18-70mm lens and it is a great little lens. I would go for this over the 18-55 for any where near close to the same price.
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    Re: Tune up for old lens

    Tune up for old lens
    I thought I'd post an update, after I ordered the 18-70mm f3.5-4.5 lens.

    First of all, Used Photo Pro gets pretty high marks from me. I picked up this glass for a song and it came in the mail in great shape.

    This lens is a nice improvement over the 18-55. At 18mm, the field of view isn't very flat, but that doesn't bother me particularly since it's easy to fix. The rest of the focal range shoots fine.

    Tune up for old lens-newlensmono.jpg

    I did a short walk around with the lens on my D60 and it feels like brand new compared to my old lens. When my neighbor's dog tried tried to chime in on my activity I got a shot of him over the wall. Nice shallow depth of field for a lens that only goes to f3.5.

    Tune up for old lens-rottnextdoor.jpg





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