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broken 50mm f/1.8

andrew pandes , Sep 08, 2007; 05:00 p.m.

My 50mm f/1.8 broke into two when my camera swung and hit a chair. does anyone know if it is a cheap/easy fix or if I should just by a new one?


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Joseph Carey , Sep 08, 2007; 05:03 p.m.

it's an 80 dollar lens. buy a new one...or save and buy the 1.4...much more solid and sharper

Alan Myers , Sep 08, 2007; 05:07 p.m.


For the price of a new lens, I'd just replace it. It will very likely cost more than that to repair.

Colin Southern , Sep 08, 2007; 06:22 p.m.

If it were me I'd (a) Replace the lens, and (b) Take the old one apart and have a lot of fun seeing how they're put together :)

Mars C , Sep 08, 2007; 06:23 p.m.

Why not open it , find the broken parts , epoxy them and put it back together. There should be more than 50% chance it would still work again. If not , then buy a new one.

At $80- it is beyond economical repair , As far as canon service is concerned.

Jim Strutz - Anchorage, AK , Sep 08, 2007; 06:27 p.m.

To Joseph Carey: The Canon 50mm f/1.4 might *feel* more solid, but is actually more fragile than either of the 1.8 versions. The focus cams get bent very easily when the front of the lens is smacked. Also the AF mechanism has a fairly high failure rate even when not subjected to a blow. It is a better lens, and generally sharper, but unfortunately it is not more durable.

Andrew, get a new one if you can't fix it yourself. It's not worth the repair cost.

Anders Carlsson , Sep 08, 2007; 07:00 p.m.

How did it break? Did the components just fall apart, sort of? If so, search this site and you might find suggestions about how to snap the whole lens together again. That's probably how it was made in the first place.

JDM von Weinberg , Sep 08, 2007; 07:20 p.m.

Used, the ebay price for this lens is likely to be much less than any conceivable repair cost [recent 'completed' prices on the Mark II version are between $50 to $90, new from B&H for about $80], tho' I'd certainly just for kicks try the epoxy approach suggested by mars. Cost you a few hours, might work, and will at least be educational.

It's the "plastic fantastic," this lens!

Douglas Vitello , Sep 08, 2007; 09:26 p.m.

Right on Jim for telling it like it is and not sucking Andrew into the EF 1.4 pit.This lens is a piece of garbage and in the same if not worse league as the "new" 1.8 II for durability.I've complained about this before on this board and that seems to bring the "Canon Can Do No Wrong" defenders out of the woodwork.Find a early metal mount 1.8 in good shape or invest in the 50mm 2.5 Compact Macro if you want something that can take more than a love tap and not break the bank account.If you don't believe me call any of the major camera/lens repair facilities in this country and they will give you a earfull about these two dogs.FYI: avoid advise from numerous board members who advise you need to purchase the EF 50mm 1.2L - "because it is worth it".

Zibadun -- , Sep 08, 2007; 10:43 p.m.

Mine fell and broke the same way. some tiny plastic tabs or hooks that held the front element broke off. No chance I could repair something like that..

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