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  1. You could epoxy the plastic pieces back in place rather easily. The ribbon cable is another thing entirely- it looks to be torn in half, no doubt when the lens came off. You would need a replacement and it appears from your image that you would need to re solder it which is rather simple if you know how to solder. Finding just that piece may be problematic however. A simpler option would be to buy a replacement mount. https://sony.encompass.com/item/10237672/Sony/A-1981-317-A/ You would still need to epoxy the screw-receptor things back in place. I would recommend using successive layers of epoxy, letting the previous layer dry each time. Add enough layers and you can make it stronger than the original.
  2. I have seen many threads about these lenses being loud. On every one there is always one or more guys who claim their copy is silent. I have been through two copies now and both show similar noises and neither would I consider anything close to silent. So either all these people with silent copies are partially deaf, or Zeiss quality control is really bad. In comparison, my Sony 24-105 f4 exhibits no such noises when subjected to the same test. So please tell me, how do I determine if my copies are normal? And if they are both normal, why does Sony put out a lens that is so loud that it cannot function in video mode without leaving audible noises behind? Thank you! Video begins at f22, makes passes with both AF-C and manually pressing the AF button, then switches to f1.8 and repeats the process. The noise is present at both apertures. (If you can't hear it you probably need headphones or better speakers.) Sorry for the background noise, this was the quietest place I could find that maximizes the noise. Here is a better real world example, shot in better light. The whole thing is at 1.8. You can still clearly hear the lens focusing after each pan.
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