Dropped lens on concrete

Discussion in 'Canon EOS' started by adam_touffay, Jun 1, 2010.

  1. The 70-200/2.8 IS was dropped on concrete. It has a UV filter with a tiny crack and no damage to the elements. The filter and outer ring it is attached to are bent making the filter irremovable. The lens stays on 70mm and infinity and can't be focused or zoomed electronically or manually. Can it be repaired and where?
  2. Canon Service Centers certainly can repair it.
    Some idea of where you are would be helpful.
  3. Canon will provide an estimate for the repair.
  4. it shld cost you dearly though..
  5. Should not cost that much, I dropped mine and they only charged me $143 with CPS gold membership.
  6. It is sort of like a hitting a concrete wall with a car.
    Did one just mess up the bumper?
    or is it a totalled out car; ie radiator broken/bent frame/airbags fired /struts bent/wiring sheared off/fuel lines broken?
    Dropping cameras and lenses on concrete is one of the prime reason they get totalled; besides water damage.
    One can have a circuit board get cracked; and one has a repair that fails or the whole unit is flakey forever.
  7. On a dropped lens the threads can be yielded; one has an egg shaped lens thread and it is stuck at one distance.
    Or one can have the front just yielded and the threads are pinched.

    Without somebody examining it it is impossible to say if a car, lens or dodad is totaled if it "looks ok" but is frozen due to a crash/drop.
    Often stuff is more expensive to fix that buying another used one.
    Get an estimate.
  8. It's certainly worth sending it in to Canon for an estimate. I dropped my 70-200 years ago in a vertical orientation from not more than a couple of feet onto a cement parking lot and lost ability to focus though the zoom still worked I believe. I don't think it was more than roughly $250 for the repair. It was the USM clutch or something along those lines.
  9. Where was the factory lens hood? It wasn't where it belonged, given the scenario described in this post. Considering that the hood is part and parcel to the peak IQ performance of that lens, it should have been in place to take the hit for the team, and not just a cheesy filter that had no possibility of absorbing the energy of a gravity kiss with concrete from even a foot of elevation with that heavy lens.
    Not to be cold, as you might be looking at a $1700 loss already, but there are plenty of those lenses in service with other folks, and the simple act of never parting the hood from the lens has saved my budget, time, and time again. That high tech polycarbonate hood has blunted numerous concrete kisses (with a hefty camera adding mass to the event), as well as countless sideswipes with a variety of hard things over the past 6 years or so. I don't abuse my favorite tele-zoom lens as a matter of course, but it has been around the globe, and bad things have happened to it along the way. The lens is still in fine shape to this day. The hood is a bit battered and scarred, but it still serves it's purpose, and if it ever does fail while protecting my lens, I'll buy a new one pronto, and frame the first one for a place of honor on my living room wall. It's a bit too late for the OP at this point in time, but for everyone with a functioning 70-200 f/2.8 IS lens, USE THE HOOD! It will save your butt and budget over and again.... It will keep your pictures looking their best as well.

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