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Oct 25, 2012 09:32 |  #1

Does anyone have a good lens tune up shop? I was looking into the Canon Repair center but it states that they will only take repairs. Are they bogus and can do a check up or should I just go to a camera repair shop. Thanks in advance.


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Oct 25, 2012 10:02 |  #2

OuttaCtrl wrote in post #15167556 (external link)
Does anyone have a good lens tune up shop? I was looking into the Canon Repair center but it states that they will only take repairs. Are they bogus and can do a check up or should I just go to a camera repair shop. Thanks in advance.

What's wrong with your lens? Why do you think it needs a "tune up"?

I have Nikkor lenses dating back to the 1970s, have never seen the inside of a service shop and still perform like new.


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Oct 25, 2012 10:30 |  #3

I just recently acquired a used 70-200 and being anal as I am just wanted to make sure it is operation correctly.


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Oct 25, 2012 11:45 |  #4

OuttaCtrl wrote in post #15167801 (external link)
I just recently acquired a used 70-200 and being anal as I am just wanted to make sure it is operation correctly.

I second this. I recently acquired an extremely used 70-200 2.8L and wanted to see if the autofocus mechanism or zoom mechanism needed any replacement parts, since the autofocus seems to be a little off sometimes, and the zoom ring has some slack in it before it engages.


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Oct 25, 2012 11:48 |  #5

I'm guessing that unless the site has a calibrated optical test bench all a shop tune-up is going to do is a cleaning. If you are concerned, send it to Canon. They do have a minimum cost though and last time I heard, it was not cheap.


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Oct 25, 2012 11:55 |  #6

Canon will check out, clean, clean, lube and adjust a lens... Same as they will a camera.

There are some good independent shops, though. Might be someone closer or it might be cheaper.

I see you're in San Jose, Calif., same as me... Kamera Korner located at Bascom Ave and Hwy 280/680 has done some repairs and service work for me over the years. It's been mostly vintage stuff (last time it was a Canon A1 and a 70-210/40 FDn lens, if memory serves), though I imagine they work on the modern Canon gear too. They aren't cheap, though.

In the next month or so I've got a lens and a couple cameras I'm sending down to Canon in Irvine for service and, in one case, some work.

But I have to agree with Jurgen... unless the lens has a lot of dust inside or some symptoms of problems, I see little reason to send it in for service. Some models of lenses are a bit prone to getting out of adjustment (24-70/2.8 "Mark I", for example) and some others are prone to picking up a lot of dust in use (17-55/2.8 IS... at least the early ones). But all the Canon 70-200s are real workhorses. Mine has probably taken a couple hundred thousand shots in 10 or 11 years use (and might finally be due for at least a check up).

If you do want to send the lens in, your contact info is here.

Canon Factory Service Center
15955 ALTON PARKWAY
IRVINE, CA 92618

866-510-1335
8:00AM to 6:00PM PST (Monday-Friday)

Someone elsewhere in the U.S. might want to send their gear to a closer facility. There are two on the East Coast... One in Jamesburg, NJ and the other in Newport News, VA. Contact info is on the www.usa.canon.com (external link) website. Elsewhere in the world, well check your regional website for the closest facility.

I've seen some previous posts here on POTN about some good independent shops in the U.S. Hopefully someone will post that info again here.


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Oct 25, 2012 12:21 |  #7

I agree, independent shop info would be a huge plus. I am within driving distance of Irvine so best-case I could drop mine off. I know for sure mine has seen heavy use. It still takes great pictures and doesn't really have a lot of dust in it, but aside from the very slight slack in the zoom ring and possible autofocus issues, I made the mistake of letting a friend use it for 15 minutes, and in those 15 minutes it got a small light scratch in the coating near the top of the lens (FML), so that's another thing I would be interested in having addressed (not visible in pictures, but annoying to me when I look at it).


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Oct 25, 2012 14:34 |  #8

ZexGX wrote in post #15168252 (external link)
...it got a small light scratch in the coating near the top of the lens (FML), so that's another thing I would be interested in having addressed (not visible in pictures, but annoying to me when I look at it)....

On the front element? Not in the center, but out in the periphery? If so, I wouldn't worry about it too much. Heck, it might even polish off if you clean the lens well and use a lens pen. But even if it doesn't, a small defect will have no detectible effect on images, especially if you are good about using the lens hood (sometimes a flaw on the front element will catch light just right to cause a bit of flare).

Probably the biggest effect would be on resale value... a lens with a flaw on the coatings or a scratch will bring fewer dollars. Experienced shooters will know it won't have any effect, but see it as a bargaining chip. Inexperienced shooters might think it's going to have some effect on images and fret about it.

If it's on the rear element, it would be more of a concern, having more effect on your images.


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Oct 25, 2012 15:44 |  #9

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On the front element? Not in the center, but out in the periphery? If so, I wouldn't worry about it too much. Heck, it might even polish off if you clean the lens well and use a lens pen. But even if it doesn't, a small defect will have no detectible effect on images, especially if you are good about using the lens hood (sometimes a flaw on the front element will catch light just right to cause a bit of flare).

Probably the biggest effect would be on resale value... a lens with a flaw on the coatings or a scratch will bring fewer dollars. Experienced shooters will know it won't have any effect, but see it as a bargaining chip. Inexperienced shooters might think it's going to have some effect on images and fret about it.

If it's on the rear element, it would be more of a concern, having more effect on your images.

Yep, doubt I'll be selling this lens any time soon. I haven't noticed any ill effects on the images it's taken. The first scratch is on the front element in the periphery, extending from the center towards the edge at a 45 degree angle, about 4mm long. There is a nearby squiggly scratch about 2-3mm long also in the periphery pointing from the center to the outer edge (looks like from an amateur trying to put the lens cap on crooked, or something else). I tried removing both with a lens pen but I'm pretty sure they're at least into the coating.


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Oct 26, 2012 11:04 |  #10

I sent my 70-200 2.8 non is into the New Jersey center and it was $290 to have it cleaned, inspected, and adjusted. It was much better after getting it back. Before I had -16 dialed in for microadjust and now its close without any - or close enough till I check it I should say.


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Oct 29, 2012 01:44 as a reply to  @ Rhett78's post |  #11

Never used them Heard they were good.

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