A friend of mine fell with my new Canon EFS 15-85mm lens - nothing happened to the camera, but the lens is... well see for yourself:
As you can see the top part of the lens looks bent towards the right side. Autofocus doesn't work anymore and the manual focus ring is hard to move.
I will send it directly to Canon for repair and see what they can do about it. I am hoping that the top part of the lens above the base only "slipped" out of it's casing and all the repair guys have to do, is to screw the lens open and put the top part back into the right position - on the other hand something could be irreversibly bent inside.
My question to you guys: What are your experiences with lens repairs in general? When done by a professional will the lens be as good as new afterwards or will it experience some kind of degradation (like a car, where value decreases with its accidents)? I mean: I will see about quality issues after the repair, but if the repair is like $400 I could probably start thinking about a new lens, hence my question.
EDIT: Just to let people know. I sent the lens to Canon for repair. It was about 260EUR for the repair (~350USD), which is quite expensive, but they had to change the ultrasonic motor, casing and some more stuff inside. The lens is as good as new (so is image quality), so the money was worth it!