Re: Nikon 18-55 lens problem
Been there done that got the T shirt.....
My Nieces 18-55 did the same and our solution was to trawl that well known auction site.
You do have to wait for the right one to come up as quite a few go for around the £70 mark. My sister felt that if we were going to pay that much a new one with a years guarantee at £83.00 delivered was a better bet.
In the end I managed to get a Mk2 in good condition complete with Hoya filter and inc postage for just under £50.
As for alternatives, it very much depends on your budget, anything wider is going to be more expensive. I did look at both the 18-70 and 18-105, but these didn't seem to come up for less than about £125.
I would also look at the Tamrons as I am seriously considering the 18-270 (although in EOS fitting) but that is around the £300 mark new at the moment (non PZD version)
Another other option is to buy the Nikon Lens service guide for about £3.80 and have a go at repairing it yourself -and yes I did have a go but before I'd seen the manual and gave up after an hour or so
Hope this helps
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