Hey guys....Need some help with my lens. I am getting ready for a trip and pulled the Tokina 10-17 out of my camera bag to find the zoom gear had come off of the lens. I had had my housing zoom gear fixed around the lens to keep everything together - do not know if this helped to cause the problem or not. I could see the inside of my lens. I put the zoom ring back on - not sure I got it in the right place though around the lens. It moved okay and did not seem to bind up or anything. Then I tried it on the camera. Takes pics and zooms the full amount, but it seems to have some noise to it when I move the zoom gear on the camera that it did not have before.
Any thoughts? Is it okay to use like this? Any idea what might be making that noise now and/or is this a concern? Should I take the zoom ring back off and try putting it back on again? Leave it as is? Do I need to have it in the right place around the lens? Not sure where to go and what to do right now. HELP wanted please?
I am concerned about it being okay since I am getting ready to be in the water for 3 weeks. I leave in 2 weeks. I went by my local photo shop today and they do not "repair" inner workings as they put it. So they were not any help to me at all - except to give me a name of a place 4 hours away.
Thanks for any help you have - DiverPam