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Re: 24-105mm f4 SSM (SAL24105G)
« Reply #15 on: January 13, 2009, 07:26:57 PM »
Bad news on the doorstep ...

I just got a call from the depot repair, telling me that Minolta/SONY depot cannot repair my KM AF 24-105mm f/3.5-4.5 "D".  They are claiming it to be ... now get this, "too old!"  As if!

I told them to contact "SONY Japan" ... and explain that this is the very same lens that SONY is currently selling under their own logo.  Parts should be available for it.  So, they are ... and I am waiting for a response.  Worse comes to worse, I, at least, would like to trade it against a new one.  Guess we shall see ... but, the tension builds.

I think I am more angry with B&H for selling me this "unfairly" rated lens.  It should have never been advertised and resold with such poor IQ.  As far as I am concerned, it really puts a dubious taint on their reliability of resale.  You can be sure I will not be doing that, again.
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Re: 24-105mm f4 SSM (SAL24105G)
« Reply #16 on: January 13, 2009, 08:50:50 PM »
I feel for you Donschap as you seem to have a fair share of poor lenses, in relation to what everyone else seems to get.
Forunately i have only ever had the Sigma 10-20 that was duff.


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Re: 24-105mm f4 SSM (SAL24105G)
« Reply #17 on: January 13, 2009, 10:36:53 PM »
Like I stated, it was not a "NEW" lens and I blame B&H's Used Equipment Sales Department for what I got.  They allowed this piece of useless junk out ... when it should have be repaired or simply eliminated as a loss.  Selling it to me only transferred the problem ... and made for a poor business transaction.  Sure, they may have gotten their money ... but, they now have to deal with my side of the story ... plus, they have lost any future business I may have brought them.  In this day and age ... that's a bad idea.

Obviously Minolta/SONY knows what the problem is with this lens ... and they say they cannot fix it.  WHat's that say for others of the same ilk?
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Re: 24-105mm f4 SSM (SAL24105G)
« Reply #18 on: January 13, 2009, 10:53:12 PM »
What condition rating did B&H sell it as?
How long ago did you buy it?

You've certainly had unbelievably bad luck with equipment flaws :-\

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Re: 24-105mm f4 SSM (SAL24105G)
« Reply #19 on: January 14, 2009, 04:53:19 AM »
fother  ... it doesn't matter what condition is was in ... I think it was an "8" rating ... and an "8" to me means the thing WORKS, but has some stretch marks!  It shot like crap from day I got it from them.  Then, I went to Dubuque, IA and really wanted to put it to the test ... and it was tragic.  Like I said ... that's it for me.  I will not do that, again. 

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Re: 24-105mm f4 SSM (SAL24105G)
« Reply #20 on: January 22, 2009, 01:20:04 AM »
Moving forward:

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!