I talked with a rep in the Tokina repair department today. He did not sound surprised at my issue and seemed to know exactly what I was talking about. He assured me that they could get it repaired and back to me before the 16th so I could have it on my trip. I am going to overnight it to them in the morning. We had a short discussion how I use this lens, and he was very aware of the love underwater photographers have for this lens and completely got why I wanted this back for the trip. At least I got hold of someone who understands a little bit. It makes it so much harder when a rep does not get it,
Electrical tape is in my "tool kit/fix it" bag when I travel. It is SO useful.
Will update you when I get it back and let you know how it turns out. I decided to have it repaired through Tokina since I have so many trips planned this year and do not want it giving out on me in the middle of a trip and no way to fix it.
Happy diving - Pam
That sounds like a great deal Pam! They fixed mine almost two years ago and it's been rock solid ever since...