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Thread: Canon 40D + 24-70 took a tumble... now getting soft pictures @ 70mm

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    Exclamation Canon 40D + 24-70 took a tumble... now getting soft pictures @ 70mm

    The other day, my 40D and 24-70 took a tumble onto concrete from a height of about 5 feet. Everything seemed mostly fine at first. The hood was cracked, which I glued back together, and one part of the hot shoe was bent, but I just bent it back.

    Then, after reviewing some of my shots, it seems like ones shot @ 70mm are slightly soft and show some halation compared to ones shot at 24mm, and compared to what I'm used to getting with my copy of this lens.

    Any suggestions? I'd hate to have to send this guy out for repair, since its my primary lens (I no longer have my 17-55mm f/2.8), but I'm concerned with this apparent change in image quality...

    EDIT: I have only done tests wide open, but I'll try shooting some shots stopped-down and see if there's a difference. I'll also try manually focusing as well to see if its a focus accuracy issue. Unfortunately the 40D doesn't have MFA though so I'd have to send it somewhere to get it callibrated.
    Last edited by mmodica; 07-22-2012 at 05:09 AM. Reason: addit'l info
    Digital.. Canon EOS 40D | Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM | Canon EF 35mm f/1.4​L​ USM | Canon SpeedLite 580EX II
    Film..... Canon EOS 650 | Canon EF 35-70mm f/3.5-4.5 | Canon SpeedLite 430EX II

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    Check manually focusing, but when the same thing happened to one of my lenses, it required repair. It works like new now.

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    Manually focusing doesn't help, so its not an AF accuracy issue. And stopping down helps a little, but I bought this lens to use it at f/2.8, so I'd like to be able to shoot wide open at f/2.8 and get sharp pictures...
    Digital.. Canon EOS 40D | Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM | Canon EF 35mm f/1.4​L​ USM | Canon SpeedLite 580EX II
    Film..... Canon EOS 650 | Canon EF 35-70mm f/3.5-4.5 | Canon SpeedLite 430EX II

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    Did you put the 40D on a different lens to make sure it is still working fine?
    I think I would send the lens in to Canon and have it checked out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HDNitehawk View Post
    Did you put the 40D on a different lens to make sure it is still working fine?
    I think I would send the lens in to Canon and have it checked out.
    Hmm true. I'll check it out with my 35-70 (which is also very sharp). Too bad the 40D doesn't have AF microadjustment...
    Digital.. Canon EOS 40D | Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM | Canon EF 35mm f/1.4​L​ USM | Canon SpeedLite 580EX II
    Film..... Canon EOS 650 | Canon EF 35-70mm f/3.5-4.5 | Canon SpeedLite 430EX II

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    Put them in a box and send them to Canon. They need to be fixed by the experts. There's NOTHING that any one of us can tell you through a web page that will fix them.

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