Today I dropped my D7500 with my 80-200 attached. From about 3ft up. Lens first. Onto a pointy rock.
Fortunately (ha!) it had the lens cap on and a Hoya UV filter. The lens cap was jammed in and the UV filter itself was smashed completely into various sized chunks. There seems to be about 3 small scratches on the front element that I am not currently concerned with. Also the camera itself was turned off when this happened. That's the good news.
The bad news is that the remaining ring of the Hoya filter is jammed and I can't unscrew it, and the lens no longer focuses properly. (and it just doesn't sound the same)
I've had this lens since new and I am very emotionally attached to it as for me it was a superb lens that never let me down. (and I also standardized around the 77mm front element and have adapters for all my other lenses to 77mm for my filter and other accessories!)
Given the age of this lens and the type of accident, is it likely to be economically viable to repair it?
Additionally, in the US do I have to go through official Nikon repair locations, or are there still 3rd party repairers?
Testing with manual focus seemed to free up something and it now seems to be auto focussing correctly. However there is a distinct roughness/grating to the focus motion in both auto and manual.
To the VTC for saying that this is likely to be opinion based. My reply is that the typical costs of a rebuild of this class of lens should be well known, as is the value of this lens if it was in working order. Economic viability of repair is simply if one is greater than the other. These are facts, not opinions. Additionally I don't even know if there exists places that are capable of doing such a repair. They (lack of) existence is also a fact.