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Aug 27, 2010 08:28 |  #1

I had some jostling of my luggage coming back from a trip recently, and sent the body and three zoom lenses in my sig to a very reputable shop recommended here. When they returned, I checked them with Lens Align Pro to get a baseline for the future if they get banged around again.

When I've had calibration donw by Canon, the two ends of the zoom on each lens were within 0 to +5 on microadjust. When I checked the 24-105 and the 16-35 now, the difference at the zoom extremes is 0 to + 8 for both lenses. All done at 50x focal length, ISO 100, lowest f/stops for each lens.

I've seen very good reports from multiple members on this private repair shop and when I spoke to the owner initially, he said his specs for calibration are tighter than Canon's, and that I probably would need no microadjustment for the lenses when he was done.

This appears not to be the case. He's away on vacation now. I must be missing something, and I just wonder if anyone has an insight here.


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Aug 27, 2010 08:42 |  #2

No experience on your calibration issues, but please be careful packing your gear where TSA people have access. I'm not saying everybody out there is dishonest, but my step-daughter and her boyfriend BOTH had cameras taken from their luggage on a recent trip.

My gear goes in the Tamrac bag and stays with me through security, on the plane to and from wherever I travel, every time I travel. This way, nobody has access to my gear but me.

I say this because something as simple as a couple sleeves of Titlest Pro V1 golfballs have been lifted from my golf travel bag during transit! The balls are kept in a designated area of my bag, are always packed in the same location and I only take as many as I think I'll need for a golf trip. Between Cleveland and Phoenix, they didn't disappear into thin air, someone REMOVED them!

Please keep your expensive camera gear with you at all times. This way, you won't have to send it off for calibration or worse, LOSE it to someone who has legal access to your in-transit bag/luggage.

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Aug 27, 2010 09:01 |  #3

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Please keep your expensive camera gear with you at all times. This way, you won't have to send it off for calibration or worse, LOSE it to someone who has legal access to your in-transit bag/luggage.

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Dave,

I'm with you on that. I generally carry everything on, but this time in Naples, I was forced to check my Pelican 1514. There were some problems but nothing was taken, just bounced around. No real equipment damage.


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Aug 28, 2010 12:08 |  #4

I hate the fact they require you to have an open bag no locks. I figure it was a union negotiated perc. Now the thieves they hire can steal easier. What they need is constant video watch on all bags. immediate dismissal and criminal prosecution for any one seen tampering with the bags.


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Aug 28, 2010 12:42 |  #5

They made me take the hard case and open it in Security and show them each piece. I think the Security guy makes a phone call to a co-conspirator in luggage to break into that bag. Fortunately, my two SecureAlert locks held up to a crowbar. Unbelievable.

Does anyone have input as to the question of sending equipment to an outside repair shop rather than back to Canon? This shop that I used had such good feedback on the Forums here as to the sharpness of pictures taken after they did work. Maybe I'm missing something with my calibration at home.

MA is always such a big issue here, someone must have feedback, esp on the LensAlign issue.


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