So, 2 days ago, I took out my trusty 550D with it's 18-135mm lens for a trip. SOMEHOW, I could not zoom in. There was something that was preventing the zoom ring from moving. I twisted it a few times and it managed to budge after I shook it. I could hear something inside the lens when I shook it, like something came out internally. The thing inside was also affecting the focus. It is preventing the lens from focusing and also jamming the zoom on certain occasions.
Right now, I have to decide on whether to:
1. Repair it.
2. Buy a new lens.
3. Buy a new DSLR.
I am considering the option of a new lens, but at the same time, I want to try my hands on a Nikon. The 550D sounds so "toyish" when the shutter snaps. I don't mind sticking with my 550D since it has served my purpose rather well, and I appreciate it for doing so.
What do all of you of think I should do now? PS. I'm in Shanghai. If it is much better to get a camera/lens here, do advice me on what I should do.
I have a budget of $1500 for a new camera, IF it is much more worth to get a new one that is...
Thanks for your input and advice!