I figured since the cost of repair was essentially the same as replacement I might as well take a crack at fixing it. After several youtube videos of lens repairs I took a shot at it. Although there’s a chunk of plastic missing inside where one of the screws was levered out of it’s socket the rest went back together and everything works. Kind of a study in miniature screws and fiddly small puzzle pieces – and the green elastic stops the focus ring from wandering around with all the vibrations from riding – not hold the lens together.
Also picked up an amazing book on abstraction in photography – Edge of Vision: The Rise of Abstraction In Photography. Just flipping through and checking out the images I’m very excited to read it. Although on first thought it appears most of the abstract photographers are making some form of photogram. Still some amazing images and very interesting ideas.