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Re: My very BAD Experience with CPS
« Reply #30 on: December 11, 2017, 01:22:22 PM »
Vic,

Unfortunately that is not too out of line for that originally expensive of a lens considering what they are replacing and the labor behind it. I have owned two copies plus I currently have the Sigma and the Siggy is great for static subjects. BIF? Servo mode? Forget it, get your Canon repaired and move on. But if you shoot one shot most of the time, the Sigma is a great lens for the money. Sorry, I have no experience with Canadian service centers.

Thanks for your feedback. My problem is why do they need to replace all those parts? Canon claims that it is so they can warranty the work. That's bull crap. just fix what NEEDS to be fixed and leave the rest alone! Scam artists.

BIF's is what I mostly shoot. At this point, i'd rather take the repair money and add additional funds to purchase something other than a canon lens. (they aren't getting any more of my money) Any recommendations? any experience with the sigma 120-300 2.8?

thanks again,
Vic

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Re: My very BAD Experience with CPS
« Reply #30 on: December 11, 2017, 01:22:22 PM »

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« Reply #31 on: December 11, 2017, 01:42:17 PM »
Seems that most of you are in countries where the after sales tech support is driven by another arm of Canon.

I'm in South Africa where a 3rd party, contracted to Canon, does the after sales service.

The majority of pro's seem to really like their service whereas many of the non pro segment continually experience rather major issues.

I'm a non-pro in the US.  My three experiences with Canon service have all been very bad.

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Re: My very BAD Experience with CPS
« Reply #32 on: December 11, 2017, 01:59:32 PM »
Vic,

Unfortunately that is not too out of line for that originally expensive of a lens considering what they are replacing and the labor behind it. I have owned two copies plus I currently have the Sigma and the Siggy is great for static subjects. BIF? Servo mode? Forget it, get your Canon repaired and move on. But if you shoot one shot most of the time, the Sigma is a great lens for the money. Sorry, I have no experience with Canadian service centers.


Thanks for your feedback. My problem is why do they need to replace all those parts? Canon claims that it is so they can warranty the work. That's bull crap. just fix what NEEDS to be fixed and leave the rest alone! Scam artists.

BIF's is what I mostly shoot. At this point, i'd rather take the repair money and add additional funds to purchase something other than a canon lens. (they aren't getting any more of my money) Any recommendations? any experience with the sigma 120-300 2.8?

thanks again,
Vic

I agree with Canon's position.  Having a unhappy customer come back complaining that the lens failed again after a couple months and wanting something fixed for free that was known to be worn out is not a good way to do business.  Take the lens to a private repair shop and have them change only the part you specify.  They might actually do it.

Get a Sigma lens if you think they are better.  I had 5 of them that were 3 or 4 years old that Sigma would not fix and decided to stay away. 

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« Reply #33 on: December 11, 2017, 01:59:47 PM »
I guess my question is, does $844 sound reasonable to you? Considering I can purchase the sigma 100-400 new with 7 year warranty for a little more, it doesn't make sense to fix it in my mind.

I find it hard to believe that Canon needs to replace all those parts when the lens still works intermittently, it focuses, the IS works, I can take still take clear, sharp photos, but it's just not reliable, as it will work for a couple of shots, then will give the error. Turning it off and on sometimes clears the error, and a gentle shake of the lens seems to get it working again.

Sounds like a steep bill, but not unreasonable given the repairs needed.  Not sure if Canon CA uses a prix fixe system like Canon USA (where it doesn't matter if they have to rebuild the lens or replace a switch, it's the same charge).  For perspective, when my EOS M died for no apparent reason, Canon wanted $230 to fix it – that was based on the original (pre fire-sale) price of it, at the point I needed the repair (2 years post purchase) replacing the M was $230 and getting the slightly smaller and very moderately better M2 was only $10 more.  So, I bought the M2.

In your case, have you considered a used 100-400 MkI, which you could possbly get for less than the cost of the repair?


Thanks for your feedback. My problem is why do they need to replace all those parts? Canon claims that it is so they can warranty the work. That's bull crap. just fix what NEEDS to be fixed and leave the rest alone! Scam artists.

You describe an 'intermittent' problem, where sometimes a power cycle fixes it and sometimes shaking the lens around fixes it.  How do you know what NEEDS to be fixed?  In fact, Canon may not know that either.  Case in point, a couple of months ago, my Subaru started showing a traction control light and flashing brake indicator.  You'd think the dealership would know the problem by reading the code from the engine, but they first replaced the O2 sensor, which didn't fix it, then replaced the steering angle sensor, which also didn't fix it.  What did?  Replacing the remote start controller.  Go figure. 

So I sort of believe Canon when they say they have to replace all those things to guarantee the work, not because they're trying to rip you off, but because the intermittent problem with semi-random ways to temporarily clear it could have many causes, and the alternative is to replace parts one by one until they find the right one.  SO, easier to just replace them all and be sure the issue is fixed.


BIF's is what I mostly shoot. At this point, i'd rather take the repair money and add additional funds to purchase something other than a canon lens. (they aren't getting any more of my money) Any recommendations? any experience with the sigma 120-300 2.8?

3rd party lenses almost always have AF issues of one sort or another, because Canon doesn't share their AF protocols, Sigma/Tamron/Tokina/etc. must reverse-engineer them, and also spoof the camera by using a Canon LensID code (usually from a very old lens model, but sometimes not).  For the price of a new Sigma 120-300/2.8, you could buy the excellent 100-400 II, and have enough left over to buy another one, just in case the first fails out of warranty.  But if you want to sacrifice performance for pique, that's your decision. 
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Re: My very BAD Experience with CPS
« Reply #34 on: December 11, 2017, 02:23:33 PM »
I recently sent in my Canon 100-400 Mark I lens for service (out of warranty) as it is having intermittent issues "Fault 01 - Communications between the camera and the lens is faulty".

I received a ridiculous quote to fix the lens. $844! They wanted to replace the following :BAND, ZOOM, POWER DIAPHRAGM UNIT, LENS ASS'Y, IMAGE STABILIZER, FOCUSING ASS'Y, USM...

I guess my question is, does $844 sound reasonable to you?

Vic,

Unfortunately that is not too out of line for that originally expensive of a lens considering what they are replacing and the labor behind it...

Thanks for your feedback. My problem is why do they need to replace all those parts? Canon claims that it is so they can warranty the work. That's bull crap. just fix what NEEDS to be fixed and leave the rest alone! Scam artists.. .

I'm confused. Are you asking for an opinion on whether or not the estimate is reasonable? Or, do you just want to complain?

You have your answer – it is a reasonable price to repair.

That doesn't mean it's worth the cost -- it just means that the price quoted for the work that needs to be done is reasonable. Of course, a Canon repair center is not going to do a partial repair. They are going to make all the repairs needed.

Now, is it worth the cost to repair? Only you can answer that. My answer would be "no."

As Neuro said, you can probably get a good used replacement for about the same price. Or, you can buy a new, Version II, and sell your lens "as is."

If you go the new route, contact Canon Price Watch to see what their street price is currently in Canada (he is based in Canada and has Canadian dealers as well as U.S. on his list.) Right now there are some good prices on the 100-400 II.

Go to eBay and check the sold listings to see what similar "as is" lenses are going for. That way, you will know what you can sell it for and have a good idea of what the net cost of a new Version II might be -- and you can make a rational decision, rather than just complaining, which won't get you any sympathy on this forum.

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Re: My very BAD Experience with CPS
« Reply #35 on: December 11, 2017, 02:47:16 PM »
Thanks for all the comments. It's just a hard pill to swallow right now. I did reject the repair quote.

I was ready to pay half of what the estimate came back at. That's also what I told canon, but they didn't offer to see if they could do anything with the repair price. I don't think they care really. I understand they are a company and need to make money, and can't offer discounts to everyone who calls in and complains.

I'm just a bit upset is all, and will look at all my options. It's funny how one "unfavourable" instance can change your mind about a company. I had fully intended on purchasing another canon body (7D Mark II or III) but now i'm not so sure and will see what other's have to offer. I can keep my current canon gear, and since my only longer lens was the 100-400, I shall look to others to fill my wildlife/BIF's needs. D500 with 200-500 perhaps.

In the end, $400 difference could end of losing thousands of dollars in sales for Canon.

Rant over. thanks all.
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« Reply #36 on: December 11, 2017, 02:53:45 PM »
I don't think they care really.

In the end, $400 difference could end of losing thousands of dollars in sales for Canon.

Indeed, they don't give a damn.  But I notice you state, could end up.  A post of mine from earlier in the day seems relevant here, too.

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« Reply #37 on: December 11, 2017, 03:50:43 PM »
Hello,

I'm new to the forum but have been following it for a very long time. Since I'm unable to start a new thread, I'm using this one to ask some question/advice as it relates to canon's service.

I recently sent in my Canon 100-400 Mark I lens for service (out of warranty) as it is having intermittent issues "Fault 01 - Communications between the camera and the lens is faulty".

I received a ridiculous quote to fix the lens. $844! They wanted to replace the following :BAND, ZOOM, POWER DIAPHRAGM UNIT, LENS ASS'Y, IMAGE STABILIZER, FOCUSING ASS'Y, USM.

I should mention that this lens has always been well cared for. Never dropped, transported and stored in padded camera bag.

I guess my question is, does $844 sound reasonable to you? Considering I can purchase the sigma 100-400 new with 7 year warranty for a little more, it doesn't make sense to fix it in my mind.

I find it hard to believe that Canon needs to replace all those parts when the lens still works intermittently, it focuses, the IS works, I can take still take clear, sharp photos, but it's just not reliable, as it will work for a couple of shots, then will give the error. Turning it off and on sometimes clears the error, and a gentle shake of the lens seems to get it working again.

Any advice? Can anyone recommend another another lens repair service other than canon? I'm near Toronto.

Thanks,
Vic

Sorry to hear of your problem, Vic.  But it seems to me you are overreacting.

You say the quote is ridiculous, but have no proof.  You say you find it hard to believe that Canon needs to replace all those parts, but you have no proof that they are wrong in their assessment.  In a later post, you call them scam artists, but again, you have absolutely no information that says they are not on the level and will do the best job fixing your lens.

In other words, you have absolutely no information that is contrary to what Canon is telling you, but you have already made up your mind that they are scamming you and you will no longer do business with them.

Don't know if you have any camera shops in Toronto where they do repairs, but before you decide anything it might not be a bad idea to try and find out more information.  It would be sad if you end up spending even more money an on camera that is not as good or lenses that are not as good just to prove a point.  In that case, you are the loser, not Canon.

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« Reply #38 on: December 11, 2017, 04:02:10 PM »
I was ready to pay half of what the estimate came back at. That's also what I told canon, but they didn't offer to see if they could do anything with the repair price.

I wonder…have you tried this approach at the grocery store when purchasing a liter of milk?   Or maybe try the converse…go to your boss and demand that your pay be doubled, because that's what you're ready to earn.

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« Reply #39 on: December 11, 2017, 04:23:41 PM »
A high repair bill for one lens and that makes you want to jump ship? Well the one thing you might have going for you is Canon holds it's value better than other systems so there's your seed money for a Nikon. Really though, there has got to be a camera repair shop somewhere up there.
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Re: My very BAD Experience with CPS
« Reply #40 on: December 11, 2017, 04:25:05 PM »
Hello,

I'm new to the forum but have been following it for a very long time. Since I'm unable to start a new thread, I'm using this one to ask some question/advice as it relates to canon's service.

I recently sent in my Canon 100-400 Mark I lens for service (out of warranty) as it is having intermittent issues "Fault 01 - Communications between the camera and the lens is faulty".

I received a ridiculous quote to fix the lens. $844! They wanted to replace the following :BAND, ZOOM, POWER DIAPHRAGM UNIT, LENS ASS'Y, IMAGE STABILIZER, FOCUSING ASS'Y, USM.

I should mention that this lens has always been well cared for. Never dropped, transported and stored in padded camera bag.

I guess my question is, does $844 sound reasonable to you? Considering I can purchase the sigma 100-400 new with 7 year warranty for a little more, it doesn't make sense to fix it in my mind.

I find it hard to believe that Canon needs to replace all those parts when the lens still works intermittently, it focuses, the IS works, I can take still take clear, sharp photos, but it's just not reliable, as it will work for a couple of shots, then will give the error. Turning it off and on sometimes clears the error, and a gentle shake of the lens seems to get it working again.

Any advice? Can anyone recommend another another lens repair service other than canon? I'm near Toronto.

Thanks,
Vic

Sorry to hear of your problem, Vic.  But it seems to me you are overreacting.


All logic aside, overreacting or not, that is how I feel at the moment. Not looking for sympathy, and yes, I just want to complain.


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« Reply #41 on: December 11, 2017, 04:41:22 PM »
I've had a similar experience with cps.  $650 estimate (was told several major assemblies needed to be replaced on my 6D). Took it to an independent service center and they found one bad contact on a ribbon cable ($12 part). That was over a year ago, camera is still working perfectly.  I'd go the indie route.  Good thing about canon is the indies can get parts from Canon.  I understand that's not always the case with other companies.

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« Reply #42 on: December 11, 2017, 04:43:48 PM »
I was ready to pay half of what the estimate came back at. That's also what I told canon, but they didn't offer to see if they could do anything with the repair price.

I wonder…have you tried this approach at the grocery store when purchasing a liter of milk? Or maybe try the converse…go to your boss and demand that your pay be doubled, because that's what you're ready to earn.

Good luck!

Actually, this has worked out well for me in the past. Not grocery store... hmm but I should try :), but Henry's (camera shop), and electronic stores, best buy ect, furniture, appliances, and of course vehicle purchases. If you never ask for a discount, you'll NEVER get one that's for sure.

I feel like this thread has reached the end of it's usefulness. I do appreciate all the comments and as I mentioned, I'm going to look at all my options, rent some gear and see what works best for me.

thanks,
Vic

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« Reply #43 on: December 11, 2017, 04:44:52 PM »
I've had a similar experience with cps.  $650 estimate (was told several major assemblies needed to be replaced on my 6D). Took it to an independent service center and they found one bad contact on a ribbon cable ($12 part). That was over a year ago, camera is still working perfectly.  I'd go the indie route.  Good thing about canon is the indies can get parts from Canon.  I understand that's not always the case with other companies.

thank you.. Will do.

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« Reply #44 on: December 11, 2017, 04:50:05 PM »
I was ready to pay half of what the estimate came back at. That's also what I told canon, but they didn't offer to see if they could do anything with the repair price.

I wonder…have you tried this approach at the grocery store when purchasing a liter of milk? Or maybe try the converse…go to your boss and demand that your pay be doubled, because that's what you're ready to earn.

Good luck!

Actually, this has worked out well for me in the past. Not grocery store... hmm but I should try :), but Henry's (camera shop), and electronic stores, best buy ect, furniture, appliances, and of course vehicle purchases. If you never ask for a discount, you'll NEVER get one that's for sure.

I feel like this thread has reached the end of it's usefulness. I do appreciate all the comments and as I mentioned, I'm going to look at all my options, rent some gear and see what works best for me.

thanks,
Vic

If you are getting 50% discounts as a matter of course, you must have impressive negotiating skills.   But somehow I doubt that's the case.
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