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Dec 31, 2012 18:54 |  #1

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Stupid mistake on my part. I had the 24-105L on my desk, in a lens pouch. Beside it I had my 85L in a lens pouch. I grabbed the 85L none-to-gently to put it away in my bag. Little did I know, the string of the 85L lens pouch was tangled around the 24-105's.
... I effectively flung the lens off the desk and about 4-5ft down on to the hardwood floor.

After my initial gasp, I grabbed the pouch and tore the lens out of it. Nothing looked scuffed, dented or broken. Zoom ring still worked. It had a filter on it, but nothing was broken there either. Put it on my camera and did a battery focus test to see if the fall bumped anything out of alignment.

To me, everything looks fine... Didnt seem to front or back focus at all, focus speed the usual (using it with a flash however, low-light in the living room). What do you guys think? Could the lens pouch have actually buffered some of the impact? Its just the generic ones that come in the box. It made a pretty loud thunk when it fell.

I guess this speaks for L-Series build quality? Ive just seen so many threads where someone drops a lens and they have to send it in to be fixed...

Is there any other tests I could do in the daytime? Should I test at all focal lengths? :(


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Dec 31, 2012 18:54 |  #2

Another test angle


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Dec 31, 2012 18:56 |  #3

wow that is a shallow dof for that f4 lens...and super sharp. Hope everything is ok


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Dec 31, 2012 19:11 |  #4

johnandbentley wrote in post #15429046 (external link)
wow that is a shallow dof for that f4 lens...and super sharp. Hope everything is ok

I hope so too :confused: Im just finding it hard to believe that nothing is off... from what I've seen. These were taken at around 105mm wide open, I didn't think to try around 24mm to see if it focus shifts at a different focal length.


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Dec 31, 2012 19:18 |  #5

take a few general shots and check for a consistent plane of focus from edge to edge, if that shifts there might be some alignment issues, but the test shots look ok.

I'd be more worried about the IS


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Dec 31, 2012 19:20 |  #6

lannes wrote in post #15429115 (external link)
take a few general shots and check for a consistent plane of focus from edge to edge, if that shifts there might be some alignment issues, but the test shots look ok.

I'd be more worried about the IS

True hadn't thought of the IS, what would faulty IS look like? Or would it just not stabilize at all?


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Dec 31, 2012 19:20 |  #7

I wouldn't be surprised if the lens suffered no damage at all. The pouch may have been enough cushion for the fall, also depending on the angle that the lens hit the floor. Wood floors have some flex to them too. Keep a close eye on focus over time, and you'll be OK.


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Dec 31, 2012 19:35 |  #8

Looks like you may well have lucked out. Perhaps try taping a newspaper to the wall for the edge-to-edge test that someone else suggested. Just make sure that you're parallel to it on both the horizontal and vertical axis before taking the shot. (And be glad it wasn't the 85L that took a dive!!)

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Dec 31, 2012 19:39 |  #9

I wouldn't be surprised if you lucked out. These things are designed to survive bumps and knocks. I had a video camera (not DSLR) that survived an unprotected fall from table height. Apart from cosmetic scars, it was completely fine.


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Dec 31, 2012 19:49 |  #10

I'm sure it's fine to be honest. It's not like it landed on concrete on its own, it fell on a wooden floor in the bag and works fine.




  
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Dec 31, 2012 20:53 |  #11

Should be just fine, my 70-200 fell onto a tile floor (harder than wood in case you were wondering) from the same height, and all that needed fixing was the mount, since it had landed on it and bent it.


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Jan 01, 2013 09:12 |  #12

Thanks for the reassurance! Ill do more tests with it later just to be sure but I have a feeling it is fine. And yes Cubdriver - I secretly was relieved that it wasn't the 85L that fell :lol:


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Jan 01, 2013 09:40 |  #13

Well now the secret is out and your 24-105L is weeping.




  
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Jan 01, 2013 09:54 |  #14

Lens' get dropped...they are not as delicate as people think!!! You have tested it....looks fine. Go out and shoot a low light setting with a shutter speed of 1/20 or so.......see if the IS turn on and functions. Dollars are the lens is fine....think of all the news and sports guys who beat up their stuff..


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Jan 01, 2013 10:02 |  #15

This incident makes a very good argument for plush carpeting. Time to rip out your hardwood floor?

It appears that the lens is ok. I dropped my 24-70 mounted on my 5D, and it worked perfectly after. Of course, the 5D and lens hood took the brunt of the impact.




  
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