Thursday, June 15, 2017

Death of a L -egend

June, 2017 -- Sea of Abaco, Bahamas

The last photo series my Canon 6D took before I dumped her for another...
While on our sailing trip to the Bahamas, my trusty and beloved Canon EF 24-105 f/4L bit the dust. A bit of internet research turned up that this is a common problem: a tiny ribbon cable that controls the aperture assembly becomes worn over time, rendering the $800 lens into a sharp looking paper weight.

I should also say this isn’t the first Canon lens to let me down. Before I bought my 6D, I was shooting with Rebel bodies because I loved their compactness. They travel easy! My favorite lens for the Canon APS-C cameras was the EF-S 16-85 f/3.5-5.6. I’ve been through three of these guys. They all stop focusing eventually. Ugh!

To say I was bummed about the loss of the L-series would be an understatement. Basically, my camera bag revolves around this lens. It’s supposed to be a weather-sealed, go anywhere, professional quality lens. The repair costs about $300-400. I started shopping around (why would I put 50% of the value of the lens towards it’s repair? I could pick up a used one cheaper, but would it do the same thing? If I did repair it, would it happen again?) 

In the end, I sold the non-functioning lenses on eBay. To my surprise, the L-series lens sold immediately under Buy It Now. Some dude in Russia bought it for parts, and I wish him the best of luck. For me, I've moved onto a new love. 

What would you do if your favorite piece of photo equipment let you down in the middle of a trip of a lifetime? Would you stick with your brand or move on? Can you guess what I did?

Looks like some fun "frolicing"