Farewell Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L, It was nice to know you

Last modified on September 11th, 2007

I got a call from Canon today about my lens with water vapour in it. They verdict: completely unfixable.

To be honest, I’m a bit pissed off. When I shipped it out to them, I followed it up with a call telling them it was rather urgent, and they needed to get to it first since it concerned water damage. The lady on the phone told me they were 5 days behind, and there was nothing she could do. Anyways, when they finally get to it, it was corroded inside and not worth fixing.

The replacement cost of the new lens is around $1600, so I’m going to be submitting my first ever insurance claim. The shitty part is that I have special insurance on all my camera equipment, except of course that lens since it’s rather recent. Had anything else bit the dust, I would have been able to get a new one without any deductible at all.

My main concern right now is that I have a wedding to shoot in 3 weeks, and that lens is part of it. I can always rent one, but I’m hoping insurance doesn’t take forever to get the cash to me so I can go grab a new one. We’ll see

6 responses to “Farewell Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L, It was nice to know you”

  1. Gregg says:

    Sorry to hear that. I’m curious however, was the lens sold as weather-proof or weather-resistant?

  2. Duane Storey says:

    Well, the L series lenses are professional that contain gaskets. Of course they are not rated as weather proof, but they are marketed as extremely weather resistant (i.e., taking photos while in the rain).

  3. Rosie says:

    Sucky! And good luck with the insurance claim. I just got sand in my camera a couple of weeks ago, and I am hoping my camera can be saved!

  4. Kristel says:

    Despite not knowing you, I’ll use this public forum as a sort of insurance… if you’d like, you can borrow my 70-200 2.8i.s. for the day.

  5. Duane Storey says:

    Wow! That’s super nice of you. I’ll let you know — I claimed it on insurance, and apparently the check is in the mail so I can buy a new one. If it doesn’t come in time, maybe I’ll take you up on your offer in exchange for some beer!


  6. kk+ says:

    grrr.. that sucks. you can borrow mine any time ya want.

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