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?
I knew the camera landed on the lens hood because it was broken into many pieces. What I didn't know was it had cause the camera to bounce and flip up, taking a photo of the back of my wife. The guy in the photo had not had time to react to hearing the crash. His reaction is what caught my eye before I knew it was my lens that had hit the concrete.
at least it got the shot!
Here's one I got during a time-lapse when (as usual when using 3 legged thing tripod) the camera randomly slid off that POS tripod during the exposure but by this time I had learned (after breaking 2 lenses and a d700) that the 3lt wasn't trustable and had it right off the ground over heavy grass... so it landed facing up.