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Aperture not opening

Basically, the aperture in my 28mm is no longer opening. It was fine one minute and the next it just slowly got darker as the aperture closed like i have never seen before. I dont know if it is because i had my settings so high as i was shooting with strobes, or what. But this is my one of my favorite lenses and i can't stand to just let it go as it is still a nice piece of glass, the aperture is just not budging on manual or auto. There doesnt appear to be any obstruction between the connective plating on the lens or the camera.

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Re: aperture not opening

It is likely that your lens will need replacement parts. The drive motor and/or gearing that controls the aperture blades can fail.

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