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    Thumbs down Very annoyed 24-105mm L lens

    I have had this lens, now out of warranty, for a while now and have been extremely happy with it.

    However, it is now suffering from what I now know is a fairly common issue. That is, Error 01 - clean lens contacts. I have taken it to 2 camera shops (who agree with me) and researched its symptoms on a few camera sites.

    It is now bleeding obvious the problem is an internal flex circuit ribbon that stretches along with the barrel during zoom. This is prone to become brittle then crack.

    I took it to Canon at North Ryde today, prepared to pay not only the cost of a new ribbon but, the cost of labour too (of course).

    However, Canon tell me that you can not simply fix/replace this part. They want to replace (and charge) for the whole apperture assembly at $600-700. I know the apperture blades are not sticking (as Canon tell me it must be) because, with the setting of f22, I press then release the DOF preview button over and over while watching the blades sliding freely in and out.

    This, to me, seems akin to a car company wanting to force me to replace the whole front end of my car because a headlight blows.

    Before exploding, I will email Canon corporate to ask them if the replacement of the ribbon is possible, without replacing all the other bits that are fine.

    Has anyone else had this, or a similar, problem? What satidfaction did you receive?

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    Simple, get a quote from a reputable but non Canon specific repair centre.
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    ^^
    There's one near St James Stn, in Castlereagh St. I will PM you the link. If I can post it here I will. Had a similar prob with such a ribbon in my (humble) P+S, though the camera was in grey market warranty.
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    Yes please, send the link.

    I have emailed Canon and will see if they come to the party but, I will love you always if you could send that link.
    Scotty

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    Scotty. This could be a timing thing but I pee-emmed the link already. Am.
    PS via Edit. If you're allowed to list it here, pls do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ameerat42 View Post
    Scotty. This could be a timing thing but I pee-emmed the link already. Am.
    PS via Edit. If you're allowed to list it here, pls do.
    Na, no PM yet.

    But, is it the one at 203 Castleraegh St (I googled)?

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    Cripes, now I'm confused. I think I just replied to your message in the Positive, but then I lost the screen and can no longer tell if I did.
    Unit 1/203 C'reagh St is the place alright.
    You didn't get my PM and I can't see this thread in my "Posted Ins"
    ??? Am.

    Dang it all. Here's the link
    http://www.cameraservicecentre.powerup.com.au/

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    it could be possible that the ribbon isn't actually available as a spare part item from Canon. Though this would seem odd. It's like when a focus motor cog strips out in a P&S camera. They will replace the whole lens assembly as it is one part in itself. At least a non-Canon service centre will go looking through part books and let you know, or they might have one from another lens etc
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    I think you think you PM'd me but I didn't get it - LOL

    Thanks

    I emailed the guy and will see what he says.

    Hopefully, I can support this small business rather than the mega corporate giant :P

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    Try Camera Service Centre and ask for Richard.
    They are sponsors of Camera Market.
    I use them and they are one of the best in customer service. First floor, beside the Scientology Centre building.
    (I have absolutely no confidence in Canon service North Ryde. My imagination as to the corruption that happens inside that building is unprintable)
    Mods can erase the last sentence, which is my opinion, and does not reflect AP in any other way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RaoulIsidro View Post
    Try Camera Service Centre and ask for Richard.
    They are sponsors of Camera Market.
    I use them and they are one of the best in customer service. First floor, beside the Scientology Centre building.
    (I have absolutely no confidence in Canon service North Ryde. My imagination as to the corruption that happens inside that building is unprintable)
    Mods can erase the last sentence, which is my opinion, and does not reflect AP in any other way.
    Hehehe

    Thanks...

    I guess you're entitled to express your opinion without specific allegations.

    But, I agree to this extent, they really do seem to have a take it or leave it approach to customer service. No attempt to find out what you need - they do seem more interested in making you pay for repairs that you don't need so that it is good for them.

    Scotty

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scotty72 View Post
    Hehehe

    Thanks...

    I guess you're entitled to express your opinion without specific allegations.

    But, I agree to this extent, they really do seem to have a take it or leave it approach to customer service. No attempt to find out what you need - they do seem more interested in making you pay for repairs that you don't need so that it is good for them.

    Scotty
    The nice thing about independent camera repair services like CSC is you get to talk to the actual technicians and interact with them. It's a great experience visiting their shop. They will tell you as it is, what is wrong with any camera or lens problems.

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    Hey Scott, just had this exact same problem ( error 01)repaired under extended warranty except on a 17-85mm kit lens, while not sure of the price there are some numbers at the bottom of the invoice that seem to indicate a repair price 97.9 + 377.1= 475. Had to sent the camera and lens to Adelaide for the repair, 2 and a half weeks, and not even a post card. Only got it back yesterday afternoon and all seems well again.
    Cheers David.

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    Ouch - I had a fleeting thought of getting this when I could not locate a tokina I was looking at. Fortunately I was able to secure the Tokina. For the price paid for the L glass it really should be bullet proof and be functioning for years. I can feel the frustration! I have lots of Canon gear - I did have a video camera repaired under warranty once and here in Adelaide they were great, friendly approachable, expert in recognising the problem and repairing in a reasonable time; I think it was about a week because they had to get the part in. They rang when it was ready and had it at the desk for pickup. No I don't have anything bad to say about the crowd here in Adelaide. Good luck though. (Idon't have shares in canon and I don't work for them by the way)
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    I just realise i forgot to update you guys.

    Despite twice emailing Canon, they did not so much as acknowledge my email (beyond an auto 'your custom is important to us' response) - let alone actually pretend to care about my problem.

    I in fact, did take it to the guys on Castlereagh Street, Sydney.

    Brilliant.

    Had it back in about a week, fixed, repairs warranted for 6 months all for about 1/2 of Canon's estimate.

    So, if Canon's alleged service centre gives you grief, try one of the small guys.

    Scotty

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    An interesting thread to read,very pleased Scotty72 got his pride and joy back,and working well.

    Always a worry,with all this gear-if something goes wrong where to go?

    I will make a note of Scottys' repairer,(hope I never need it).

    Thanks for the thread. FB
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    I'll pass this on to a friend as the same thing has happened to his kit lens and he was just going to throw it away- Cheers
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    Scotty,

    it is exactly as RaoulIsidro has said. Mongo has used them once or twice and found them to be quite down to earth reasonable and I have no complaints. You can also get a quote from Whilton Camera Service around the corner in Elizabeth street (very close).
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    Thanks Mongo... will note that.

    Scotty

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    Thanks for the thread and links guys, I have the 24-105 and so far so good but will keep the link just in case
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