Most of you know I had my camera gear stolen several months ago. I have since replaced most everything lost, but the one thing that's been missing is my Sigma 10-20mm wideangle lens. It was one of my favorite lenses since it catches the shot very wide and can give a different perspective to the shot. And besides that I though it had great color representation and was pretty sharp. I recovered this lens the day my gear was stolen(it had fallen out of my camera bag as the looter was haulin' a-- down the sidewalk), and I was pretty excited that I at least had this one, perhaps my favorite lens. Unfortunately, a couple days later I tried to attach and use the lens, but the mount had been ruined in the fall to the ground. Bummer. I had choices at that time. I could try to fix the lens myself; I could order a new lens; Or,I could send it in to Sigma and get an estimate on the cost to fix it. I spent a couple of weeks trying to make the decision. Finally, I tried to fix it myself. No go. That mount is made of some pretty strong steel as it should be. I then checked out ordering a new one. Insurance did pay me to replace that lens. But, somehow, I must have spent that money already on other gear because my little account to hold my monies for replacing gear had run pretty low. I don't know how that happened. Plus, the price of a new lens had went up considerably since I first purchased this lens. Next, I emailed Sigma Corp. to find out the process on sending in repairs. They replied on what to do and that they would give me an estimate before performing any work. I decided to go that route. They sent me an estimate and it was about what I figured it would be. Way too much for a simple repair, but, hey, I figured it would be. Still, considerably lower than buying new. I was still worried since these lenses are pretty temperamental pieces and I was worried that even though they would fix the mount, who knows what damage might have been done to the focus or other aspects of the lens. And I didn't know if they would even check those things. I sent the lens and then it was a waiting game for about 3 weeks. Finally, it showed up at my door looking like new. We had some good storms come through yesterday and I was excited since I love shooting in stormy weather and I had my number one tool for the job. I didn't do alot of shooting with it yesterday, but it sure felt good having it on my camera again. I caught a few nice shots of the storms coming in. And then the downpours came so my camera and my lens were put in a dry place till next time.