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Just curious... Has anyone had a front element replaced and how much?

 
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Nov 29, 2012 21:44 |  #1

My wondering mind started rolling tonight... I always hear of people claiming front elements cost "x" amount and everything in topics from filters to other subtopics, yet after a lengthy search on here I have not found one single person who got a quote from Canon for a replacement. Most topics end with "I will send to Canon and get an estimate"... Yet that is where it ends.

Does anybody actually have an accurate, Canon given estimate for a brand new front element? Just wondering if they really just cost the $200ish or are actually much more expensive. I know they vary per lens, but as a general idea...

Any takers?

(And no... I did not scratch one of my lenses or anything like that... Just curious!)


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Nov 29, 2012 23:12 |  #2

I've seen guys replace them over the years. Usually between 250-500 dollars.


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Nov 29, 2012 23:21 as a reply to  @ EnsitMike's post |  #3

i had a 24-105L calibrated last year and canon charged me almost $350. when i asked them why so much they said it was their minimum charge.

also, i'm sure it's going to cost more to replace the front element on the 85L then ,say, the 50 1.4.


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Nov 29, 2012 23:45 |  #4

ed rader wrote in post #15306939 (external link)
i had a 24-105L calibrated last year and canon charged me almost $350. when i asked them why so much they said it was their minimum charge.

also, i'm sure it's going to cost more to replace the front element on the 85L then ,say, the 50 1.4.

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Nov 30, 2012 00:00 |  #5

EnsitMike wrote in post #15307016 (external link)
Don't do it through Canon! Do it through a local canon authorized repair shop.

Why? If the local shop sends it to Canon, you'll end up paying more.


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Nov 30, 2012 00:01 |  #6

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Why? If the local shop sends it to Canon, you'll end up paying more.

They haven't in the past where I live. They just order the parts and do the repairs in-house.


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Nov 30, 2012 01:20 |  #7

ed rader wrote in post #15306939 (external link)
i had a 24-105L calibrated last year and canon charged me almost $350. when i asked them why so much they said it was their minimum charge.

also, i'm sure it's going to cost more to replace the front element on the 85L then ,say, the 50 1.4.

Wow not sure how you got screwed there. I send my gear directly to Canon in Newport News and always end paying ridiculously low rates for really screwing up bad. The image below is what I did to my 35L. It cost less than $200 to fix and took 6 days. I haven't had a front element replaced yet but I am guess it will cost me $200 since everything I have ever done at the Newport News branch costs about that much.

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Nov 30, 2012 06:24 |  #8

Here's a thread on another forum (external link) from somebody who smashed the front element of their 24-105. Canon UK charged them £200 to replace it. So that should, at the normal exchage rate, be around $200.

Now, if only he'd put a £100 filter on the front - then it would only have cost him £300 to fix it.


Actually, having spent a few minutes googling this, it really is quite amazing just how few cases there are of broken front elements. They really must be as tough as I've always thought they were.


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Nov 30, 2012 08:17 |  #9

Yeah mostly this question came up when I rented a 8-15L from CPS... I noticed on the front element, under 'perfect' lighting, there was a fine hairline scratch on it. It is weird because you could not feel it with a nail or anything, or see it without perfect light at the right angle. I know in that case you would not replace the element, but had me wondering anyway!

When the scratch is like that though, is that on the coating or the glass itself? It was weird how faint it was. It was also very straight and did not look like a cleaning mark. Had some length to it as well. Does the fluorine coating they use scratch easier or something? I bet 99% of people who would inspect that lens would not see the scratch unless you really, realllly inspect it.

Appreciate the responses guys! It will be some good information for others who search for it.


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Nov 30, 2012 11:34 |  #10

70-200mm f2.8 IS II i had arrived with a scratch very similiar to that. You just could not feel it but you could see it under certain lighting.

Amazon replaced no problems, but was very odd. It was also perfectly straight

I have my lens under a filter purely to protect against such small scratches.




  
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Nov 30, 2012 11:40 |  #11

hollis_f wrote in post #15307599 (external link)
Actually, having spent a few minutes googling this, it really is quite amazing just how few cases there are of broken front elements. They really must be as tough as I've always thought they were.

There is a youtube video out there where some guys try and break the front element. They smash it with a hammer several times and all they manage to do is put a few chips in it. I'll see if I can dig it up.


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Nov 30, 2012 14:56 |  #12

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There is a youtube video out there where some guys try and break the front element. They smash it with a hammer several times and all they manage to do is put a few chips in it. I'll see if I can dig it up.

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Nov 30, 2012 15:35 |  #13

That's the one.


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Nov 30, 2012 15:56 |  #14

hollis_f wrote in post #15307599 (external link)
Here's a thread on another forum (external link) from somebody who smashed the front element of their 24-105.Canon UK charged them £200 to replace it. So that should, at the normal exchage rate, be around $200.
Now, if only he'd put a £100 filter on the front - then it would only have cost him £300 to fix it.

Actually, having spent a few minutes googling this, it really is quite amazing just how few cases there are of broken front elements. They really must be as tough as I've always thought they were.



200 bp converts to $320 today and a good 77mm filter is more like $35. nice try tho ;).


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Nov 30, 2012 15:59 |  #15

ed rader wrote in post #15309576 (external link)
200 bp converts to $320 today and a good 77mm filter is more like $35. nice try tho ;).

At the bank that's right Ed, but not in the camera shops. What you can get with your $1 costs us £1.


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