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Used 85L Mark I: A dud?

 
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Apr 14, 2012 18:04 |  #1

I picked up a used 85L (Mark I) at the local camera store here yesterday for $1200. Whenever the camera has been off for a while, when I turn it back on, the AF won't work. Not at all. Manual (by wire) doesn't work either. Then, magically, after about 5-10 minutes (of camera being on), it'll start working. After that, it doesn't fail. This problem only seems to be happening when I first turn the camera on after it's been off for a few hours.

I love this lens, and don't want to take it back because I'm afraid I won't get another deal like this. I'm even starting to rationalize: "Okay, no biggie...I'll just let the lens 'warm up' for a while before trying to shoot with it."

Any idea what's going on? The lens came with a 6 month warranty, so it's no problem to return it...I just don't want to :cry:


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Apr 14, 2012 18:11 |  #2

This is weird. Have you tried cleaning contacts - I am not sure if that will do anything but at least it's something worth trying.


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Apr 14, 2012 18:21 as a reply to alpha_1976's post |  #3

If it does this on both your bodies, take it back. Does it do it on another model EOS? It is possible one day it does not work at all. Can you rationalize a $1200 paperweight?


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Apr 14, 2012 18:28 |  #4

That is the typical symptom of a dry solder joint

Do try cleaning contacts on lens and camera , use a cottion bud dipped in a little contact cleaner and give them a gentle wipe . don't use a pencil earaser !

If that doesn't work , then I would not hang about and send it back .




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Apr 14, 2012 18:32 |  #5

Yeah, I've cleaned the contacts. Problem persists on both bodies.
I'll take it back this morning.


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Apr 14, 2012 22:08 |  #6

i think you can find another mk1 85l for less than $1200, and it'll work right. take it back.




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Apr 14, 2012 22:35 |  #7

rick_reno wrote in post #14267181external link
take it back.

I just did. They're going to send it back to Canon for repair (free of charge).

rick_reno wrote in post #14267181external link
i think you can find another mk1 85l for less than $1200.

Did I pay too much? When I was in the store (initially contemplating the purchase), I did a quick web search and saw that $1200 was roughly the going rate. I guess you're seeing these cheaper somewhere?


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Apr 15, 2012 06:10 |  #8

I think $1200 was a good price with 6 months of warranty.


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Apr 15, 2012 06:16 |  #9
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Hmmm. Add another $500 and get a used 85L II. That way you can sleep with it and not worry about anything :)


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Apr 15, 2012 06:22 |  #10

After shooting with it for a day (before the AF crapped out on me), I fell in love with its optical qualities. I can live with the CA and the uber-slow AF for a $500 savings. (Plus I hear going to the Mark II really only improves from uber-slow to still-really-slow!)


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Apr 15, 2012 07:27 |  #11

You'll find another. You did the right thing returning it. $1200 w/ warranty wasn't bad, but you'll find them around the same price from fellow photographers.


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Apr 15, 2012 09:53 |  #12

mine was doing that same exact thing...

if you point the camera straight up and try to AF you'll notice it will go slow or even stop suddenly... and when it stops it will not AF at all for a while then it'll start working again randomly

the AF motor is dying on it. i and to send mine in and get it repaired. cost about $280 to $320 i think... somewhere around 300.

good thing is when i got it back it was just as fast if not a hair quicker than a mark 2. no scientific test... just with the cap on both on 5d2 bodies from minimum to infinity mine was faster every time. for the price of repair i would have rather gotten a mark2 though. the version 1 flares so bad at 1.2 and makes these circular ring flares. the newer one doesn't do that. i have to stop down to about 2.0 to stop the ring flare




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Apr 15, 2012 11:48 |  #13

you paid a little more than I've been offered them for - by about $100. but, you got a warranty which none of the ones I'd seen had and they're going to fix it for you. when I was looking at them, I decided to get a MKII, the improvements in it made it worth it to me. it's a lens a rarely use, in the 18 months I've had it's probably been on the camera twice.




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