Last June my D810 with the AF-S 28-70mm f2.8 fell to the gravel ground when the tripod toppled. It was a short fall as the tripod legs were not extended, and both camera and lens didn't seem to suffer any damage, and both were working. But few months later, the lens would not focus; it just racks to infinity and stays there. Of all the wide angle lenses I have used, the AF-S 28-70mm f2.8 is my favourite. I had used the Canon 28-70mm f2.8L, as well as 17-35mm f2.8L, 17-40mm f4L, 16-35mm f2.8L and 16-35mm f2.8L II, and none of them were as sharp as this one. I have gotten some very fine images from this lens with the D810 and I really want to get this lens fixed, but I keep putting it off.
Frankly, Nikon repair costs scare me. Their estimate and repair cost often is half cost of a new lens, and I am left with two choices for repair in Toronto: Toronto Camera Service or Sun Camera Service. Both have very good reviews.
Toronto Camera Service is very close to me, but I have never dealt with them before. One the other hand, I have good experience with Sun Camera. I once sent the 24mm f1.4L to Canon to remove a large piece of metal shaving from inside the elements and Canon sent it to Sun Camera, which is an authorized Canon Repair centre, and they did a really good job. I also had my Canon 135mm f2.8 Soft Focus lens that was dropped with broken AF switch and wouldn't focus, and they fixed it for $99, that included cleaning the lens elements that had a lot of dust, which I think is very reasonable. But, they are just so far away from me.
If you have ever repaired an Nikon AF-S 28-70mm f2.8 lens, how much did you pay for the repair? I want to get a ball park figure before going for an estimate, which carries a fee from both repair centres.
Sugar Beach in the Morning - Fujifilm Fujinon 4.5cm f1.9 Rangefinder Lens on Sony A7.