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Sep 06, 2010 20:02 |  #1

I wonder what is your most expensive lens repair. I was at a local camera shop and asked about it since my 24-105 is out of commission at the moment. I'm told someone dropped a 70-200 f/2.8L IS, split into two with a damaged front element. It cost that person about 600 to fix by Canon and came back like-new.

How about yours? If the fix involves in buying a new copy of the same lens, it doesn't count.


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Sep 06, 2010 21:28 |  #2

had a sigma 2.8 70-200 (something like that) that focused coarsely, was loose as heck, and I was about to give it away... sent it to Sigma in Ronconcoma (sp?) NY, and it cost me a whopping $80 & it came back good as new.


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Sep 06, 2010 22:27 as a reply to  @ timberlakephoto's post |  #3

I just had the focus ring/lock ring on my 100-400 lock up on me while shooting a soccer game last week. Happened while zooming out just past 200mm, heard and felt it come to a grinding halt :( . Talk about a bummer, didn't even have an indication of a problem before it happened. I sent it in to Canon for repair and it ended up costing me $339 (so far) plus $40 to ship it. It is still in the process of being repaired. I hopefully will have it back soon.


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Sep 06, 2010 22:35 |  #4

vince_ross wrote in post #10862427 (external link)
I just had the focus ring/lock ring on my 100-400 lock up on me while shooting a soccer game last week. Happened while zooming out just past 200mm, heard and felt it come to a grinding halt :( . Talk about a bummer, didn't even have an indication of a problem before it happened. I sent it in to Canon for repair and it ended up costing me $339 (so far) plus $40 to ship it. It is still in the process of being repaired. I hopefully will have it back soon.

Sorry to hear that. Had a bearing get off the track and lock up the barrel? Fairly common complaint about the older (pre-2006) 100-400's. What date code was yours?

Sadly, that's about the right price range for that repair. The first time I bought a used 100-400 on ebay, it came with a bearing rolling around... I immediately sent it back because i knew it could become a costly repair.


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Sep 07, 2010 00:36 |  #5

Somewhere around $70, for a lens that costs $100 (50mm 1.8 mkii). I dropped it from a few feet which caused the housing and lens to seperate. I went to the canon service in Osaka, and they were very helpful and even gave me a discount on the work. Worked and looked like new when I got it back. I'm wondering what people's warranty experiences are like.




  
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Sep 07, 2010 00:59 as a reply to  @ Chrisku13's post |  #6

vince_ross wrote in post #10862427 (external link)
I just had the focus ring/lock ring on my 100-400 lock up on me while shooting a soccer game last week. Happened while zooming out just past 200mm, heard and felt it come to a grinding halt :( . Talk about a bummer, didn't even have an indication of a problem before it happened. I sent it in to Canon for repair and it ended up costing me $339 (so far) plus $40 to ship it. It is still in the process of being repaired. I hopefully will have it back soon.

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Sorry to hear that. Had a bearing get off the track and lock up the barrel? Fairly common complaint about the older (pre-2006) 100-400's. What date code was yours?

Sadly, that's about the right price range for that repair. The first time I bought a used 100-400 on ebay, it came with a bearing rolling around... I immediately sent it back because i knew it could become a costly repair.

My 1999 vintage 100-400 has been repaired three times for just that type of malfunction. The first time, I was able to finagle a warranty repair, even though the lens was over a year old. The second time it cost $400 to get it repaired. Both of these were at the Canon service center in Irvine. When I had zoom mechanism problems a third time, I took it to a local repair shop that fixed it for about $195. Since then, I've had no further problems with it.

Needless to say, I've been less than satisfied with the Irvine service center. When I dropped one of my 40Ds a couple of weeks ago, I took it to the same local shop. The repair came in right on the estimate and the camera is working perfectly. Any more, I won't use the Canon service center for anything but warranty work.


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Sep 07, 2010 04:26 |  #7

My 100-400 went in to Canon for a service and check, that ended up costing me £170. It did work great when I had it back, ( it is an old model, notorious for being soft ) super sharp but I did think it was pricey as no parts were used :-(


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Sep 07, 2010 04:28 |  #8

IIRC, $180 or so to replace the zoom tension clutch on a 100-400... The lens came to me as EX+ from KEH.

Only repair I've ever needed (touch wood) :shock:


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Sep 07, 2010 04:31 |  #9

I had an estimate on my previous 85L II for focusing ring replacement, cleaning, calibration the whole thing.

240 euros.


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Sep 07, 2010 04:38 |  #10

NZD$750.92 (about USD$540 ) to replace the barrel & focus ring on my 100-400L that gradually got harder & harder to operate , eventually seizing.

US (2004) datecode if anyone's interested.


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Sep 07, 2010 09:02 |  #11

MOkoFOko wrote in post #10862470 (external link)
Sorry to hear that. Had a bearing get off the track and lock up the barrel? Fairly common complaint about the older (pre-2006) 100-400's. What date code was yours?

Sadly, that's about the right price range for that repair. The first time I bought a used 100-400 on ebay, it came with a bearing rolling around... I immediately sent it back because i knew it could become a costly repair.

The date code is for 2005. Yeah, I have read a few stories about them freezing up mid-way through zooming. It was definitely a surprise to me...I guess it has to happen sooner or later with that type of design. I did not know that certain years had more problems than others though. The $339 is a bummer, but I'd rather pay that than $1600 for a new one.
At least it will come back calibrated and cleaned :D .


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Sep 07, 2010 10:56 |  #12

I know this isn't exactly in line with the thread title question, but I have never in all the years I've been into photography ever had to have a lens (or a body) repaired. :razz:

I have had some preventive maintenance done for my Nikon F bodies, though, quite a few years ago. That's generally called CLA (for Clean, Lube, and Adjust).


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Sep 07, 2010 11:00 |  #13

Bah, the majority here appear to be for 100-400s :) That's really, really sad.


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Sep 07, 2010 12:42 |  #14

MOkoFOko wrote in post #10865048 (external link)
Bah, the majority here appear to be for 100-400s :) That's really, really sad.

It has the most moving parts so it's only natural really.


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Sep 07, 2010 12:51 |  #15

Dipped 24L into a lake. 80 euros to clean up.


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