04-15-2019 07:35 AM
The bank is not very big so I just went and purchased an identical used lens.
Plus here is the fun part!!
After disassembling the lens and noticing the aperture was screwed up more than Channel 4 in a thunderstorm, I tried to put all the little fins back in place but one is warped and bent so just as an experiment, i just took out all the fins and put it all back together.
I was not sure what would happen but at this point... lets go for it right!? Anyway, to my surprise, the lens works pretty well! The autofocus works again and the communication error is gone. I don't quite get the same depth of field but for now, its a decent emergency backup lens! I've tried just searching to see if anyone was selling just the aperature's "little black thingy's" (leafs, blades, fins, shutters, or what ever they are called) but so far no luck.
Thank you to all who replied and for all your suggestions!
04-15-2019 10:14 AM
"I don't quite get the same depth of field ..."
That's because the lens calibration is off.