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I turned in my Canon 5D MkII in to my local Canon FSC for repair after my toddler pushed the camera off a table and the mode dial was damaged but not broken. Nothing else was damaged, and the drop was not big. I was quoted $211.89 for the repair, which included $19.99 for the Mode Dial, Labor, and $129 for an 18-point DSLR Maintenance Service, which he said was mandatory with my service. I questioned the $129 charge, but was told it was a requirement included in the repair. If this was a lie, please discipline your employees when they lie.
Today I received a revised estimate of $316.67 without an explanation. I called the Canon FSC and was told that a technician determined that I need a whole new Top Cover and that my USB connections are damaged and need to be replaced. Again, please discipline your employees when they lie. The top cover does not need to be replaced, nor were the USB connections damaged at all. I have photos from before I turned in the camera showing that none of these were damaged. I've been lied to before, but this takes the cake. I've taken cars to mechanics that were more honest.
I was told that all these parts are needed for my camera to be returned to it's original factory specifications, but I NEVER ASKED for the camera to be returned to original factory specifications. I only asked for the mode dial to be repaired. Your service is tantamount to taking my car in for an oil change and having the mechanic revise my request to include a complete engine restoration that I didn't ask for.
Please know that we don't live in the 1970's where things like this were easily swept under the carpet, and I don't intend to allow it to be swept under the carpet.
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"I''ve found the mode dial itself, sold separately from the top cover for $19.99 online, but I'm not confident that I'll know how to take the old one out and put a new one in. What I do know is that the dial and the top cover are not one piece."
This is what money is for. Pay the professionals to get it done right. I have no doubt that you can find the dial sold by itself. I have seen it, too. But, the dial is also sold as part of an entire assembly that covers the top of the camera, which would include the LCD on the other side.
I've found the mode dial itself, sold separately from the top cover for $19.99 online, but I'm not confident that I'll know how to take the old one out and put a new one in. What I do know is that the dial and the top cover are not one piece. Even the lady I spoke with said that when you turn in a camera to a Canon FSC they have to reservice it to brand new condition whether you want them to or not. I find that ridiculous. I think it's a money making scheme. Repair what the customer asks you to repair, and don't change parts just because they're scratched.
If I had dropped an expensive camera like a 5D2 on the floor from a height sufficient to cause visible damage, I'd sure as Hell want it checked for conformance to factory specs. I'm neither smart enough nor experienced enough to make that judgement for myself, and something tells me you're not either.
OP is convinced that Canon is scamming him: ", nor were the USB connections damaged at all. I have photos from before I turned in the camera showing that none of these were damaged"
I don't know if Canon is scamming him or not, but I do know that I can't inspect the USB connections from outside the camera.
This is a text from a service manager there. As you can see, they require THEMSELVES to service the camera back to original factory specs whether you're asking them to or not. I don't need them to do that. I need them to replace a $19.99 mode dial and that's all. If it takes $316 to repair a $19.99 mode dial, then Canon products are worthless in my opinion.
Here's the message:
"Thank you for providing us with additional information. We can certainly understand your concern over the revised repair estimate. Our Factory Service Center requires that all cameras be repaired back to the original factory specifications and tested by our factory trained technicians, to ensure the camera is in proper working order before being returned to you. We'd like to offer you a 20% discount off the labor charge. Just let us know if you would like to move forward with completing the repair and we'll get the repair estimate updated for you. -TR"
I say bite the bullet, and get several more years of use from your camera. I agree with Ernie, 100%. Factory refurbished cameras are as good as new, if not better, because they have been hand tested and calibrated.
"Wadwizzle, no it is not. You can buy the Mode Dial post by itself. I understand that it can ALSO be purchased as part of a complete top assembly, but I don't need a whole top assembly because none of that is damaged."
Uh, that is pretty much what I said. You can buy it alone, or as part of the top assembly. Good Luck.
"I say bite the bullet, and get several more years of use from your camera."
This is the way to go. Maybe a little hard to swallow but you will have a nearly new camera. A darn good camera. If your camera has some years on it as a 5D Mk II has to, it is well worth the C&C which is probably around $200 bucks by itself. You are getting that included for nothing.
Consider this. The mode dial is connected to a complicated switch potentiometer. It is possible that got damaged in the fall and sudden stop. In my business I couldn't take the chance something inside there that got cracked or messed up. I know one thing for certain. It would fail you at the most inopportune time! Learned that one the hard way.
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