I got this lens with my camera as a kit about 5 years ago.
The aperture failed. Pictures could only be taken wide open.
A local shop estimated 200 to 300€ for repair. No way.
I got the spare part for 30€ and managed to replace the aperture unit myself and the lens seems to be working fine again. *phew*
All it takes is a steady hand and the right tools, as you can see in the attached image
However, I had to realize that these kit lenses are not built to last.
Even though I got this thing working again, I don't know when it will fail again and if I can fix it.
So what other lens could replace this one?
The Sigma 18-35mm F1,8 DC HSM looks really nice.
-> The focal lengths don't match, I lose a lot on the tele end of the lens.
I opened LR and created a chart to see which focal lengths I use the most.
The diagram shows number of images over focal length
The majority is taken at 17 mm, not the tele end.
This makes sense as a lot of the images are taken with (on camera) flash and it does not have the reach to illuminate longer focal lengths properly.
Most of the images at longer lengths are not really good.
I could swap lenses to a 50mm for a little more reach.
One mm of difference in focal length makes quite a difference for a wide angle.
Will I miss the 17mm, being limited to 18mm?
But the numbers suggest that I just go "as wide as possible".
Who owns this lens and could share some experience?
What other alternatives do you suggest?
The lens is mostly used for events and landscape.
Thanks for your ideas!