Bought this lens and intended to return it to the seller since it has some physical defects and makes positively frightening (gritty/grinding) noises when zoomed or focused. The focus ring catches and the aperture ring was stiff (until I did a Ricoh-pin removal and fiddled with the aperture mechanism). The seller decided he didn't want to hassle with having the lens returned and just let me keep it and refunded my money! I bought this lens for myself on my 30th birthday, so I guess I'll just count it as a birthday gift from a perfect stranger!
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