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p.1 #1 · 500/4 IS Needs Lube


Is there any esay user way to lubricate the 500/4 IS? The rotating tripod collar is not good. I really need to use the lens soon and shipping/receipt to/from Canon would be very risky and problematic with my travel schedule. Thanks for any advice.

EBH



Dec 04, 2011 at 05:16 PM
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p.1 #2 · 500/4 IS Needs Lube


Have not seen one up close, but maybe some white graphite?

Jefferson



Dec 04, 2011 at 06:40 PM
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p.1 #3 · 500/4 IS Needs Lube


EB-1 wrote:
Is there any esay user way to lubricate the 500/4 IS? The rotating tripod collar is not good. I really need to use the lens soon and shipping/receipt to/from Canon would be very risky and problematic with my travel schedule. Thanks for any advice.

EBH


Do you know anyone that works in industry?

Drummon corp makes a full line of lubes. At my job we carry white lithium, graphite, non-flammable penatrating oil, engage, clean lube, and about 10 other lubricants.

If you're only lubing a tripod collar, I'd use clean lube. It's safe in food service, has like no odor, wipes away easily, and I wouldn't think would damage anything. Not sure what the "comparable" product would be at a store, but look up Drummon Clean Lube (or Lawson Clean Lube).




Dec 04, 2011 at 06:52 PM
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p.1 #4 · 500/4 IS Needs Lube


But how do you get to it, or is major disassembly required?

EBH



Dec 04, 2011 at 09:40 PM
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p.1 #5 · 500/4 IS Needs Lube


When it does not turn freely it is usually the bearings. Take a look at this post, it gets into the 500/4 somewhere in there:

http://www.naturescapes.net/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=57&t=195218&p=1909697&hilit=500+bearings#p1909697



Dec 04, 2011 at 09:51 PM
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p.1 #6 · 500/4 IS Needs Lube


http://www.sportsshooter.com/message_display.html?tid=27621

There is a discussion of the 500 here with Duane Burlenson, not real specific, but may be useful.

Jefferson



Dec 04, 2011 at 10:08 PM
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p.1 #7 · 500/4 IS Needs Lube


EB-1 wrote:
Is there any esay user way to lubricate the 500/4 IS? The rotating tripod collar is not good. I really need to use the lens soon and shipping/receipt to/from Canon would be very risky and problematic with my travel schedule. Thanks for any advice.

EBH


The ball bearings in the collar can be troublesome, they may need to be replaced. Hopefully, its a simple lube, but many users find out its more serious. Get it cleaned ASAP, and hopefully it will not develop into something more serious.

Here is a thread on the ball bearing issues.

http://www.sportsshooter.com/message_display.html?tid=27621

Good Luck.



Dec 05, 2011 at 12:09 AM
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p.1 #8 · 500/4 IS Needs Lube


http://www.naturescapes.net/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=57&t=208884


Dec 05, 2011 at 01:20 AM
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p.1 #9 · 500/4 IS Needs Lube


Buy some Molybdenum Disulfide in powder form. It has a very low coefficient of friction, doesn't migrate easily in heat and can be injected into tight spaces with a syringe.


Dec 05, 2011 at 01:26 AM
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p.1 #10 · 500/4 IS Needs Lube


Yikes, that is not good. Obviously I should have had it serviced late last year. What are the chances that it will seize up completely in 2-3 weeks of use? I'm thinking it may be better to keep using it than have Canon start service and then fail to come through in time due to parts or slow timing. Does anyone have experience with Canon service in the winter holiday season? I'm not a photographer, so I would not get any special service.

Unfortunately that lens seems to no longer be available so it is not a simple matter of buying another one.

EBH



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p.1 #11 · 500/4 IS Needs Lube


EB-1 wrote:
... I'm not a photographer ...
EBH




Well, that finally answers all of the lingering questions in my mind I had about you



Dec 05, 2011 at 06:11 AM
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p.1 #12 · 500/4 IS Needs Lube


EB_1, I think you mean pro, right? I wouldn't think that they would hold back on you, since it is afterall an expensive as hell lens. I think even if you're not CPS, you'll get taken care of.

See bearings go bad from contaminates and friction, or lack of maintenance. A lot of times, you don't know that you've got to oil your bearings, until your already dicked.



Dec 05, 2011 at 12:41 PM
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p.1 #13 · 500/4 IS Needs Lube


EB-1 wrote:
Yikes, that is not good. Obviously I should have had it serviced late last year. What are the chances that it will seize up completely in 2-3 weeks of use? I'm thinking it may be better to keep using it than have Canon start service and then fail to come through in time due to parts or slow timing. Does anyone have experience with Canon service in the winter holiday season? I'm not a photographer, so I would not get any special service.

Unfortunately that lens seems to no longer be available so it is not a simple matter of
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Dec 05, 2011 at 01:12 PM
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p.1 #14 · 500/4 IS Needs Lube


EB-1 wrote:
I'm not a photographer, so I would not get any special service.


Nothing wrong with that. I am not a plumber, nor an actor, nor a psychiatrist etc...

The other question would be why a non-photographer would wanna own a lens such as 500 f/4 ?
Well, even here there are some possible answers:
* lens collecting
* investment
* attention getter when carrying the lens in a public place.
Nothing wrong with that either.



Dec 05, 2011 at 09:14 PM
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p.1 #15 · 500/4 IS Needs Lube


I am not a plumber, but I know: cold on the right, hot on the left, and shit dosen't run uphill.

Never have had to lube a lens!



Dec 06, 2011 at 12:20 AM
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p.1 #16 · 500/4 IS Needs Lube


It looks like I'm screwed. Canon says 10 business days and with repair approval and shipping it might not make it. They won't allow a walk-in and ship out return or vice versa either.

EBH



Dec 06, 2011 at 01:22 AM
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p.1 #17 · 500/4 IS Needs Lube


Rent one, add the cost to expenses, (or some % of them), send yours in...

Maybe?

Jefferson



Dec 06, 2011 at 01:43 AM
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p.1 #18 · 500/4 IS Needs Lube


Borrow one of PetKals', I think he has two

Jefferson



Dec 06, 2011 at 01:48 AM
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p.1 #19 · 500/4 IS Needs Lube


Jefferson wrote:
Borrow one of PetKals', I think he has two

Jefferson


Not any longer.....I sold my 500 f/4.5L almost a year ago.
Now, had Canon not postponed the 500 II release, then I would have had two 500s by year end again.
However, if the postponement didn't take place, then perhaps EBH would have had his very own 500 II.
Some of us have learned the hard way not to be selling our existing stuff in anticipation of new products.



Dec 06, 2011 at 03:31 AM
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p.1 #20 · 500/4 IS Needs Lube


Well sure, I expected to have the 500/4 IS II by now as well.

EBH



Dec 06, 2011 at 04:09 AM
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