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    Stroke of Luck with Canon 70-300 IS USM

    A year or so ago my rather favoured 70-300 IS USM F4/5.6 took a visit into a stream while I was getting out of the way of a rally car, being sensible I put it in the boiler cupboard for 2 months before trying it and was saddened to discover that it showed no sign of life.

    Well I picked it up the other day to use in it's manual form after ignoring it for a year and I was using it again today when I had the decidedly less sensible idea, based on the fact that I couldn't feel any gear slack in the focus ring when it was set to AF, that I would just wrench the focus ring with it set on AF and see what happens. Well when I got to 'stuck shut jar' torque I didn't do the sensible thing and stop but continued until there was a loud snap.

    So naturally I admonished myself for my stupidity expecting the lens to have suffered an egregious injury but to my surprise it had returned to full functionality.

    It's probably not worth a thread but I'm in quite a celebratory mood about it.
    Last edited by RichB; 21st August 2012 at 08:29 PM. Reason: fix typo

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    Re: Stroke of Luck with Canon 70-300 IS USM

    Congrats Richard,

    It must have been jarred by the fall as much as the water ingress.

    Cheers,

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    Re: Stroke of Luck with Canon 70-300 IS USM

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Humphries View Post
    Congrats Richard,

    It must have been jarred by the fall as much as the water ingress.

    Cheers,
    Yeah I've been wondering what did it, I wouldn't have thought that landing from half a meter into water would be that bad. I wondered if the heat from the boiler caused it. Either way I'm a happy bunny and will go and find a UV filter for it again.

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    Re: Stroke of Luck with Canon 70-300 IS USM

    Ahhhh.... I love a happy ending!!!!

    Des

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