So, sometimes purchase used gear from Adorama and I have been very satisfied with each and every purchase. I purchased used a Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di USD which is their 1st gen that does NOT have IS. I think the list price is around $1600 which is pretty inexpensive but I bought this lens for $850. Not that I have money to throw around but it was low risk proposition....meaning I had low expectations for that amount of money.
I have posted some moon photos here and was 74.3% satisfied with the outcome...nothing I could really sell professionally but nice to have.
When I was in Hawaii I was trying to shoot some surfing with really bad results. And, then I was trying to shoot it for a clients event with equally disastrous results.
So, sending gear in for repair ranks with equal enthusiasm to a route canal at the dentist. Even though I am a Sony guy, I don't doubt if I had to send something into Sony it would be excruciating. I have sent a lens into Sigma and not bad....on the level of maybe getting a new crown if I stick with the dental metaphors.
So, I called Tamron and actually got to speak with a very friendly young lady and she explained the repair process and seemingly accurately diagnosed my issue - I probably just needed the lens calibrated for my Sony camera and the standard fee is $250. OK! Maybe this does not end up needing to be a paperweight! So, it sorta felt like I had scheduled a dental cleaning of my teeth....not a joyous event but stuff you just gotta do.
So, I got the lens back today - first off....they repaired/cleaned my lens in 3 days and shipped it the next day. WOW! Their communication emails, etc were TOP NOTCH. NO OTHER CAMERA VENDOR DOES THAT!
So, right away I did a test shot. WTF?