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Old Dec 28, 2011, 9:43 PM   #1
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I have a Canon 70-200 2.8f IS lens, (the older version, not the current II).

I have noticed that my lens barrel has some play in it. Maybe it a millimeter or two, but I can feel it and I can hear a very quiet click when I pull it and push it.

It is the lens, not the camera/lens connection. it's the barrel of the lens.

I contacted Canon, and their cost to take a look at it is $250. I also contacted a well known retailer that deals mostly in used equipment. So I think I trust them. (Mods, can I write that company's name?).

The second company said they'd charge $110 to clean the lens and while cleaning it, they would determine if it's loose screws or something broken.

I'm leaning towards the second company.

Anyway, am I over reacting to a little play in the lens or is it something that will effect the quality of the images I'm shooting? How does a lens barrell get loose anyway? I'm pretty careful with my gear. I have not dropped it nor banged it around.

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Old Dec 29, 2011, 8:49 AM   #2
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I have noticed that my lens barrel has some play in it. Maybe it a millimeter or two, but I can feel it and I can hear a very quiet click when I pull it and push it.
Does the image quality change after you've either pushed or pulled it?
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The second company said they'd charge $110 to clean the lens and while cleaning it, they would determine if it's loose screws or something broken.
Does the lens need to be cleaned anyway?
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As of now, I do not notice it having any impact on images.
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This was a used lens when I bought it. So I don't know how well cared for it was before I got it 2.5 years ago. I can see a few specks of dust in it, but nothing that has shown up on a photo.
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... I can see a few specks of dust in it, but nothing that has shown up on a photo.
Given that it could benefit from a cleaning, and in the interest of resolving a small problem before it can become a big one, I'd say send it off to Door #2.

But PACK IT WELL!!!
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