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I recently picked up a 70-200mm f/4 IS used. I got a fairly good price (which motivated my purchase) but ultimately I knew that I would most likely try the lens and then sell it. I just posted it for sale here on FM, and as I always do, I went over the lens exhaustively - way more exhaustively than when I purchased it. I discovered that the autofocus seems to slip when the lens was pointed up or down. Pointed up, it had to work harder going from infinity to close focus and pointed down, it had to work harder going from close to infinity. When it's level, it seems to work fine. I guess I never noticed it because the nature focusing - down usually equals closer focus and up usually equals further focus. Anyway, I immediately withdrew the FS add, but I'm wondering, is this a normal problem? Is it bad to use it like this? I've never heard of this before. Obviously the solution is to send to Canon but I was looking for a bit more information before I send it in. Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated! Thanks.


Dec 17, 2012 at 06:50 PM
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Don't point it up or down...




Dec 17, 2012 at 07:00 PM
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but I'm really short....

Jefferson wrote:
Don't point it up or down...





Dec 17, 2012 at 07:06 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · 70-200mm f/4 IS focus slipping?


That sounds odd, I've the lens in question, am short as I sit in a wheelchair, and have never had focus slip as you say, I'd send the lens in for a checkup, never had an internal focusing lens kinda 'breathe' on me before...best of luck with it, it's one of my fav lenses.
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Dec 17, 2012 at 08:18 PM
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I've had this exact thing happen with this lens, as well as 2x with the 135L. In each case, the solution was USM replacement by Canon.


Dec 17, 2012 at 08:42 PM
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USM replacement. Ugh. What was the ballpark cost for that?


Dec 17, 2012 at 09:38 PM
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Yeah I had the 70-200 f4 non IS with the exact same issue. Was quoted by Canon to change the focus assembly. Can't remember how much the cost was but I ended up selling it as is because it wasn't worth it. Probably 350ish


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jasonpatrick wrote:
USM replacement. Ugh. What was the ballpark cost for that?


I'm in Canada and Canon Canada's flat rate repair for this lens is $259 before CPS discount, and USM replacement fell under the flat rate. I would guess the price will be similar from Canon USA.



Dec 17, 2012 at 11:55 PM
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Thanks for the reply. That's not horrible. I paid 800 for the lens...so after it's all said and done I'll still be under a new price...I will dry my tears and move on.


Dec 18, 2012 at 03:06 PM
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I sent the lens into Canon and they are going to do the repair at no charge. I don't know if it's because somehow they were able to determine that the lens was still under warranty (I didn't think warranties transferred in any case) or some other reason...but it works for me!


Dec 21, 2012 at 08:25 PM
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jasonpatrick wrote:
I sent the lens into Canon and they are going to do the repair at no charge. I don't know if it's because somehow they were able to determine that the lens was still under warranty (I didn't think warranties transferred in any case) or some other reason...but it works for me!


Good news.



Dec 21, 2012 at 08:32 PM
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Good news on that result.


Dec 21, 2012 at 11:41 PM
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jasonpatrick wrote:
I sent the lens into Canon and they are going to do the repair at no charge. I don't know if it's because somehow they were able to determine that the lens was still under warranty (I didn't think warranties transferred in any case) or some other reason...but it works for me!


I know its been awhile now, but if you happen to see this, do you recall if they give you any indication what the problem was and what they did to fix the issue?

I just bought my first L lens used, the non IS version of the 70-200 f4, and its got a slipping/stuttering issue when the focus ring rotates from left to right, but its ok the other direction. I'm having to manually override to get to the focus point. When it finds focus its sharp. Mine is a UY1219 series (late 2010 build). Its mounted on a 30D with about 70k clicks - old but trusty.

I'm on the fence if I should just keep it and get really good at manual focus, unload the lens at a discount with disclosure, or send it in to Canon Canada for service. The bench charge is $259 + tax and shipping, which is alot for the non-IS version.

Just wondering what they did in the repair, and how is the lens holding up since?
Thanks.



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