Old becomes new: Nikon lens gets a surprisingly inexpensive second lease on life
posted Monday, June 24, 2013 at 12:39 PM EDT
Last March, the folks at Nikon Rumors reported on an impressive lens repair job by the folks at Nikon Repair Center in Taiwan, who took a rusting 17-35mm f/2.8 lens that had been immersed in sea water, and restored it to working order. Today, they've followed up with another lens restoration that -- while perhaps not so dramatic -- is none the less extremely impressive.
This time around, Nikon Repair Center -- who aren't affiliated with Nikon's Taiwanese distributor, and seem to share premises with a wedding photography business -- took an extremely battle-scarred old AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-ED lens, and restored it almost to new condition.
In the process, they turned it from a black-bodied lens to white-bodied, or "light gray" in Nikon parlance.
And when we say it's almost new, we mean it -- every label and marking has been painstakingly restored, and even the Nikon nameplate gleams of gold once more. We don't doubt that it comes complete with that "new lens smell", as well.
What's most impressive, though, is the price. According to the Nikon Repair Center site, stripping damaged paint costs about US$120, while refinishing with wear-resistant paint costs just US$220-US$320 depending on the lens model. That suggests the total cost to bring this lens back to new condition was somewhere around one-quarter of what it cost when new.
And if black or light gray aren't your style, you even have your choice of colors -- their site shows red as an example -- although this may increase the complexity and cost of the restoration.
(via Nikon Rumors)