spencer
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Canon 100-400 Seizing Up.

Mon Jul 31, 2006 4:54 pm

I own the Canon EF100-400mm L IS USM lens. I've had it about 3½ years now and she's starting to play up!! The locking ring seems more and more tighter and the sliding action of the barrel is tighter still. I've heard it can be the bearings seizing, does anyone have the same issues and if so what did you do about it? BTW, this isn't a free for all have a dig at Canon thread!!!  tired 
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timdegroot
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RE: Canon 100-400 Seizing Up.

Mon Jul 31, 2006 5:01 pm

Happens often with the 100-400. You need to get it repaired.

Tim
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Woody001
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RE: Canon 100-400 Seizing Up.

Mon Jul 31, 2006 6:09 pm

Spencer,

Try to get it to Canon for them to have a look at as soon as possible, from what I understand, just before they seize completely they score the barrel and make a right mess of it.

Best of luck,
Ian.
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TZ
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RE: Canon 100-400 Seizing Up.

Mon Jul 31, 2006 8:42 pm

Whenever it happens with mine (maybe 5-6 times in the past), I have thoroughly cleaned the barrel, then given it a wipe with a cloth moistened (but not wet) with WD40 (a lubricant). After that it's like new again.

Whether that's sensible advice or not is debatable, but it works for me.

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spencer
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RE: Canon 100-400 Seizing Up.

Mon Jul 31, 2006 9:38 pm

OK, cheers guys. She's definitely on the decline, no question. I'll ring Canon up and see what they reckon. Would this be an onset from tightening the locking ring or just through years of push/pulling?
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ua935
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RE: Canon 100-400 Seizing Up.

Mon Jul 31, 2006 10:39 pm

Quoting Spencer (Reply 4):
just through years of push/pulling?

Are you still on about the lens Spencer?  Big grin
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manc
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RE: Canon 100-400 Seizing Up.

Mon Jul 31, 2006 10:43 pm

Just after I buy one, I read all these 100-400 horror stories lol  Wink
fingers crossed mine doesn't fall apart like others. oh and some sunny weather would be nice, rained ever since buying it!
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aero145
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RE: Canon 100-400 Seizing Up.

Mon Jul 31, 2006 10:44 pm

Quoting Manc (Reply 6):
rained ever since buying it!

That's very usual when bying a lens.  Smile
 
Tbird
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RE: Canon 100-400 Seizing Up.

Mon Jul 31, 2006 10:46 pm

This just happened to me about two months ago with a lens that was under a year old. I sent it off to Canon and it was back in my hands exactly 7 days later in fine working order. I can't say enough good things about Canon's service and repair time.
 
spencer
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RE: Canon 100-400 Seizing Up.

Mon Jul 31, 2006 11:23 pm

Quoting UA935 (Reply 5):
Are you still on about the lens Spencer?

Haha. In a word....no!  innocent 
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RE: Canon 100-400 Seizing Up.

Tue Aug 01, 2006 12:06 am

Quoting Manc (Reply 6):
rained ever since buying it!

Well send the bloody thing back and give the rest of us a chance of some sun
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RE: Canon 100-400 Seizing Up.

Tue Aug 01, 2006 12:38 am

Quoting Cosec59 (Reply 10):
Well send the bloody thing back and give the rest of us a chance of some sun

planning on sunbathing then Phil........
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RE: Canon 100-400 Seizing Up.

Tue Aug 01, 2006 1:53 am

Quoting Manc (Reply 11):
planning on sunbathing then Phil........

Anything to frighten the neighbours.  Wink

I'm interested in the WD40 idea (just in case). Where exactly do you spray it?
 
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RE: Canon 100-400 Seizing Up.

Tue Aug 01, 2006 2:39 am

Quoting 9VSPO (Reply 12):
I'm interested in the WD40 idea (just in case). Where exactly do you spray it?

Same place the wife uses her KY  Wink
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TZ
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RE: Canon 100-400 Seizing Up.

Tue Aug 01, 2006 2:45 am

Quoting 9VSPO (Reply 12):
I'm interested in the WD40 idea (just in case). Where exactly do you spray it?

Spray it onto a kitchen-towel, then wipe around the barrel (with lens fully extended). You want to ensure the barrel is glistening, but not dripping wet. Leave for a minute to evaporate before retracting lens.

Works for me everytime.

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Jkw777
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RE: Canon 100-400 Seizing Up.

Tue Aug 01, 2006 5:50 am

Happened to me when I had mine!! Got it repaired and it was fine after. Good luck Spence.

Regards,
Justin  Smile
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RE: Canon 100-400 Seizing Up.

Tue Aug 01, 2006 6:25 am

Spencer,

Would make a good place mat in your living room!  Wink

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spencer
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RE: Canon 100-400 Seizing Up.

Tue Aug 01, 2006 4:44 pm

Quoting Jkw777 (Reply 15):
Good luck Spence.

Cheers man.

Quoting Airplanepics (Reply 16):
Would make a good place mat in your living room!

Nah, I'm still using that pizza box you left behind!!!
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