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I dropped this lens and the glass is not broken but has separated at what I think is the aperture ring. It is not completely in two pieces but has separation.Would it it possible to fix it and would it be worth fixing for the price?

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I doubt it is possible to repair. These lenses are mostly made out of plastic pieces. There is probably something broken and/or bent. Lenses are manufactured with extremely great care. When a lens element is only a millimetre or two out of alignment you probably will get faulty images (flare, unsharp, focus shift, etc).
Take it to a repair shop and have them examine the lens if that's free of charge. Without photo's it is hard for me to judge if its total loss or not.

Posted on Jan 04, 2014

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    Selina Sowers Jan 04, 2014

    Thank you Mark for the information. I was afraid it was beyond repair but I think I will try a repair shop and see if they will give me some free advice.

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