I let my wife use my 17-35 AFS f/2.8 lens and through no fault of hers the strap fitting failed. I kid you not her d3200 survived without a scratch. My 17-35 2.8 did not fair so well. The zoom ring is stiff but still works, not smoothly.
A. Choices are sell cheap on ebay and get something else.
B. Have it repaired and keep it.
I'm thinking "A" and am considering a 16-35mm AFS VR f/4 or the 14-24 ASF f/2.8. The older 17-35 works great on my D3s but is showing it age on my D810. I'm thinking the 16-35 would be a better general UWA but have always wanted the 14-24. I also own a 15 Ais f/3.5 that works great when needed for interiors. The one thing I always liked about the 17-35 was the focus speed. Is the 16-35 close to the same focus speed?