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The Camera Saga Continues...

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I dropped off my 1D, 1DMkII, and 70-200 at Canon Canada last Wednesday, and got my quote back yesterday. Just short of $1100 to calibrate 2 camera bodies and fix the IS on the lens. I just about crapped in my pants. I've made around $1000 shooting SX this year, so that's not even enough to cover repairs on my gear, let alone travel and other expenses. It sure is a good thing that I love to do this photography thing other wise it wouldn’t be a very good business to get involved in. The thing that really sucks is I have a shoot to do in two weeks for about a dozen or so couples for prom, but looks like I will have to shoot that with the old Digital Rebel because all of my "PRO GEAR" is in the shop.

If that's not bad enough I have to get my freaking wisdom teeth pulled 2 weeks from today. JOY.
 

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serious bummer. although from the view of "3" for 1100, it could be worse.
maybe you could send in one body and the lens for now.
 
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Each camera body is $205. The rest is the lens. I have been having troubles with the IS, and CRASH32 had the same problem with his and it cost around $100. My quote was for $675. OUCH.
 

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hmmmm. did you mention that to the service guys? maybe they are hi-balling, just in case, and hopefully it will be only $100
 

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Not sure why you'd let them touch your 1D, that thing was working mint and the last thing I would want is them to play with a camera that was working A+. Davey let you borrow his mkII for the shoot? or I can ship you a 20D if you are in a bind. Wonder if there would have been any difference on that quote if you had joined CPS?
 
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Ya I know what you are saying about the 1D, but I have some major dirt behind the lcd that needs to be cleaned up and re-sealed before it causes some serious damage. I have been trying to get a hold of someone at Canon about my lens. If it functions fine with out the IS, I think I will pass on the repair for now because I use the lens with IS turned off 99.5% of the time anyhow.

Thanks for the offer on the 20D Doug. I really appreciate it, but I think I will be OK with the Rebel. I used it for some stills at the track last year with some good glass, and it worked quite well. I think Davey said he wanted to tag along for this shoot anyway, so I'm sure he can bring one of his cameras if he comes along.

I'll keep you posted as I hear from Canon.
 

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Talking about dirt, I was looking at both my 20D's the other day and wondered what the tech at Canon would say that opened that box with instructions to clean them up :laugh:
 
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Just got off the phone with Canon. It appears that the repairs that Crash had done are identical to the repairs needed on my 70-200. He got lucky and the tech made a mistake and didn't charge him $500 for the part, so that's why his was so much cheaper than mine. I made the decision not to have the lens fixed, because I never use IS anyway. They said that my MKII was with the tech as we speak, and they had parts on order for the 1D, so with any luck I should have everything back by the end of next week.

Wish me luck.
 
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OK, I got my 70-200 and MkII back from Canon today. Exactly 2 weeks from the time I had them droped off at the repair facility in Missasagua. Not too bad. :cool: It's a really crappy evening around these parts, so I will have to wait to do some focus tests tomorrow. Man I really hope things work better now.
 

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I hope things will work your way! Man your pictures are...uhh...there's really no word to describe them :cool:
 
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The 1D just showed up and looks like brand new with it's new hotshoe and back lcd screen. I just hope it still focuses. :whoa:
 
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Well, the good news is the 1D still focuses fine. The bad news is I have to send it back to Canon because the back focus button does not work any more. :bang:

I am going to give Canon a call tomorrow to see when I can send it back, and to ask them what exactly they did to my MkII. I took a few test shots and it seems to be a bit better, but I won't know for sure until I shoot something for real. I have that shoot to do next weekend, so I have to make sure this thing is working perfectly before I send the old 1D back to be fixed again.
 
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Well, looks like both cameras have to go back. Here's 2 photos taken of the same object at near the same distance with my 300. Look how much better the 1d file looks, and it is upsized 142% to match the res of the MarkII.



 
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Here's another test. All 3 shots taken with the MkII

Photo1-- Lens mounted on tripod, focused using one shot mode.



Photo2 -- Lens mounted on tripod, 1D attached to lens and focused using one shot mode. Swapped cameras very carefully as not to move the lens or tripod, and snapped a frame without re-focusing.



Photo3 -- Lens mounted on tripod, focused using one shot mode. (same as I did on the first shot).






So it seems that the camera is capable of taking a sharp photo as per photo #2, but the auto focus system is out of whack. I called Canon on Friday to ask what exactly they did, but the lady I spoke to could not tell me what they did for sure. I guess I will have to do some more testing, and take the day off of work to drive 3 hours to Mississauga to show them the exact problems that I am having and to make sure this gets fixed right this time. What do you think the chances are that they will fix it while I wait?