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Filter holder recommendations/explanations?
Wesley R. Bush, Photographer
Murfreesboro | TN | U.S. | Posted: 8:35 PM on 10.09.16
->> I dropped my camera, and the hood slightly bent the edge where my filters screw in. Rather than send it in and get it fixed, would it be feasible to use a filter holder with drop-ins? If so, can anyone send me links or explain why it would be cheaper to just get it fixed?
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Doug Pizac, Photographer
Sandy | UT | USA | Posted: 10:13 PM on 10.09.16
->> Yes, you could use drop-in filters, but they don't allow for lens hoods unless you get the video type. Drop-in filter holders though use adapter rings that screw into the filter thread; so they won't work with your bent ring.

How bad is it bent? If you know a woodworker he/she might be able to bend it back with a clamp jig using wood to push the metal back into a smooth circle. Wood will reform the metal ring without hurting the threads. I did it for a friend's lens. Let me know if you need instructions.

Your best fix however is to send the lens in for repair because the shop will also check the alignment of the glass elements.
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Wesley R. Bush, Photographer
Murfreesboro | TN | U.S. | Posted: 11:27 AM on 10.10.16
->> It's not bent bad, and I was able to barely screw a filter on once, but I think I've damaged it beyond rethreading. I'll figure out how to send it in for repairs. I've never done it, and I've got a couple lenses that need work anyway. Thanks for your help.
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Phil Hawkins, Photographer
Fresno | ca | usa | Posted: 11:29 AM on 10.10.16
->> I did that one time and tried to work around it but it'll never be the same. Just bite the bullet and get it fixed.
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Simon Wheeler, Photographer, Photo Editor
Ithaca | NY | USA | Posted: 11:42 AM on 10.11.16
->> Tip for if you ever drop a lens with a screw in filter on it such that you bend the filter but not the end of the lens.

Break all the glass out of the filter, it will probably be at least cracked already. Then carefully cut the metal of the filter ring with a hacksaw. Once you get 99% of the way through it you will be able to bend the metal of the filter inwards at the cut point so that the threads on the lens aren't damaged and then pull the filter ring in and away from the lens. I've done this a couple of time in 30 years of managing equipment.
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Bryan Woolston, Photographer
Baltimore | MD | USA | Posted: 12:47 PM on 10.11.16
->> Let me say first, that this is the second best option to sending it in for repairs. It worked for me, so I will past it along. But, the best option is the repair route.

1. Purchase a "sept-up ring" for the lens. (from the original size to one size larger.

2. File down the threads on the RING until the ring fits FLAT, but snug on the damaged lens.

3. If the hood will not fit over the new ring, attach it first.

4. Using a micro amount of super glue, secure the ring to the lens.

5. Place a filter in the new ring.

This worked for me, but only did it because I couldn't afford the fix at the time.

Good Luck.
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Wesley R. Bush, Photographer
Murfreesboro | TN | U.S. | Posted: 1:57 PM on 10.11.16
->> I mailed it to Canon today for an estimate. It cost about $30 bucks to ship, track and insure for $1500. I'll update with the estimate to repair for those interested.
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Wesley R. Bush, Photographer
Murfreesboro | TN | U.S. | Posted: 3:02 PM on 10.14.16
->> Update for anyone curious as to the Canon repair process timeline.
Tuesday: Mailed (afternoon)
Friday: Received automated call advising they received the lens.

Will update again with the estimate.
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Wesley R. Bush, Photographer
Murfreesboro | TN | U.S. | Posted: 4:10 PM on 10.14.16
->> I received the email estimate saying the filter sleeve needs to be replaced. It prices "out of warranty major labor charge" as $359. Adding tax and $14 shipping, the total becomes $443.82.

I've found the part online for less than $100, so I'm debating having them return it to me so I can self-repair. The filter sleeve is only held on by a few screws, and can be removed without affecting other sections of the camera. I'm going to sleep on it to decide.
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Wesley R. Bush, Photographer
Murfreesboro | TN | U.S. | Posted: 5:31 PM on 10.14.16
->> I replied with question of whether this repair should be classified as a "major" labor repair as listed on the estimate or should it be a "standard" labor fee (the cost difference of almost $150). From what I've seen through youtube replacements, this is not what I would consider a significant amount of time, expertise or specialized equipment to repair.
Will update with their reply.
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Alan Look, Photographer
Bloomington - Normal | IL | United States | Posted: 2:06 PM on 10.15.16
->> Beware of super glue type solutions... http://www.sportsshooter.com/news/584
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Wesley R. Bush, Photographer
Murfreesboro | TN | U.S. | Posted: 10:38 AM on 10.17.16
->> They replied, "it is understood that it will take extra effort in the repair as the lens was physically damaged."

I declined the repair, and they're mailing it back to me at no cost to me. I purchased the part needed for $31.39 plus shipping. I may post a video later of me replacing the part.
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Wesley R. Bush, Photographer
Murfreesboro | TN | U.S. | Posted: 5:57 PM on 10.23.16
->> Got my part in the mail and the lens back. I didn't feel like filming it, but it took less than 5 minutes for the complete repair.
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