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  1. #1
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    CRAPPY Christmas present

    Thanks to my brother, who is ironically a (not practicing) semi-pro photographer in his own right!

    I handed him the camera to show him this capture of my daughter who was jumping up and down because she was SOOOOO EXCITED about her Dora doll.

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    (last [good] flash Christmas shot taken)

    THIS is the result of that hand off and my ill fated attempt at reconstruction until I gave up at 2:00 am.

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    The white stuff is glue I was using. Once I "thought" i had it usable condition I used a fine file to level things off so it would fit back in the shoe. Tested that the contacts were still mobile and slid it into the shoe. **ELATION** it fit!!! Tightened it down and......DDDDDDOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! DAMNIT!!!

    Anyway, I am assuming this happens alot and after a little exploration noticed that the shoe mount is a single piece held on by 4 screws and is easily removed for replacement.

    Anyone had to do this and where do you get the part????

    All in all though...it was a GREAT Christmas! Happy New Year to all!

    Jeff
    Last edited by JMWallace; 12-26-2006 at 11:20 PM.
    UPS drivers should wear red and white like Santa!!

  2. #2
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    That sucks man. Good thing it's just "stuff." As for the part I would have no idea where to get it, but Canon could definitely repair it. If it's under a year old you could send it in but be honest about how it broke. They might fix it under warranty anyway. Sometimes they do that.

    Oh and if it's any consolation (prolly not!) I did the exact same thing with my Vivitar 5600 a couple years ago. I didn't find out the module could be replaced by simply snapped it out until AFTER I sold it on eBay. D'oh!

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    Looks bad but easily fixed Mate. Been there, done it, you'll be right.
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    I've never done it, but I know a bunch of people that have. From what I undertand, it's an easy, cheap fix. Call the Canon Repair Center and ask for the parts dept. 732-521-7007. I think they are less than $5.

    I actually think that Canon makes the feet cheap and plastic on purpose. If it's a $400 flash attached to a $1000 camera, having the $5 part give instead of the more expensive component is a good thing!

    Of course my Nikon SB800 has metal feet...
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  5. #5
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    Jeff, you'll get the flash back in perfect condition with lil cost, just send it to Canon
    To err is human, to crop divine.

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    I remember the old days with the broken shoe on the Vivtar 285's. Some company made a metal replacement.

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    goin through something pretty similar....cept my break is one of the 4 screws that you were talking about. the part it screws into is broken.

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    or check out these characters
    and do what is an easy job yourself

    http://www.partstore.com/

    Riley
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    Well, just so happens there is a Canon Authorized Service Center about 10 miles from my work.

    I popped in there and just had them do the repair. 25 minutes later and $65 lighter, she is back in the bag as good as (almost) new.

    I figured, what the heck. If I send it into Canon, I would have to do with out for almost 20 days. I might get lucky and get it covered under warrenty or I might not. So I opted for the service center. $65 was worth not having to go through packing, shipping, waiting, gambling on free, and waiting on it's return.
    UPS drivers should wear red and white like Santa!!

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    thats better than reasonable really

    Riley
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