I received an email from the local repair facility, concerning the disposition of my K-M AF 24-105mm f/3.5-4.5 "D"
In a nut shell, SONY has agreed to buy-back the lens from me (this one time), since they will not repair it, as it it not on a list of "repairable lenses" they are now supporting.
I know what you are thinking: "What list of repairable lenses."
My contention is that the only way you can NOW buy a Minolta (or Konica-Minolta) lens is buying it "USED." There are, for all intents and purposes, no "NEW" ones out there, any longer.
Apparently, from what I was recently advised of, when SONY bought the Camera Division of Konica-Minolta, they did NOT buy it all. Some reductions were made ... and hence, the "LIST OF NON-SUPPORTED GLASS" ... because all the parts necessary to support those additional lenses was not purchased. It has simply "vanished" when the Camera Division of Konica-Minolta was sold off (it does leave one to wonder ... "where is all that repair inventory and stuff?"
It's just weird how you find these things out. No bulletin, no news ... just situational awareness and lost time.
Anyway ... I have asked for a copy of this "LIST", in order to publish it online, so the rest of the readership can avoid this crystalline nightmare. Until then, watch out what you are buying .. many lenses have hit the proverbial "end of the line."
That's my contribution to "Lens Talk." Let's hear from you!