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Old December 27th, 2006, 07:15 AM   #1
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GL2 Zoom Rocker Sticking

I have a GL2 (bought about 2 years ago from the Private Classified forum here)

It has recently started developing the Stuck/not working zoom rocker issue that comes up in the forum periodically.

Can anyone give me an idea of the repair cost at the Canon Service Centers?

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Old December 30th, 2006, 10:20 PM   #2
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Zoom Rocker Problem

If you are not afraid to partially disassemble the tape door & plastic moulding around the tape trasport youb can replace the switch yourself. The nw zoom rocker w shipping costs $21 & change {shipping included}.

Send it to canon & I believe the minimum charge is $250-; that is why I replaced it myself.
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Old December 30th, 2006, 10:48 PM   #3
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Thanks for the response. Do I just contact the service center and ask for the part? Do you have a part number?

Thanks again.

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Old December 31st, 2006, 03:17 PM   #4
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With some further searching of the forum, I found this page: http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showthread.php?t=30579 the 4th page: http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showthrea...t=30579&page=4 includes the part number and some instructions.

Thanks everyone for the pictures and instructions.
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Old January 3rd, 2007, 03:10 PM   #5
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New Part number for zoom key assembly for GL2

There is a new part number (well, the last part anyway) for the Zoom key Assembly for the Canon GL2

Part#: DG1-7395-010
U.S.A Phone# direct to parts dept: 1-732-521-7230

The price is $13.08. With tax and shipping (ground), my total was $19.93

Lynn

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Old January 10th, 2007, 09:48 PM   #6
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Fixed and Documented

I got my zoom rocker last Friday and installed it. I took pictures and documented the process on my website at http://penguin.nu/lynn/diy/gl2zoom.aspx

Hopefully this will help someone tackle this project. It ended up taking me about an hour and a half, but that included stopping to take a lot of pictures.

Thanks to everyone who has put up pictures and directions in the past. They were very helpful.

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Old February 21st, 2007, 11:55 PM   #7
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Fixed and Documented

The link given below is a bad link.

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I got my zoom rocker last Friday and installed it. I took pictures and documented the process on my website at http://penguin.nu/lynn/diy/gl2zoom.aspx

Hopefully this will help someone tackle this project. It ended up taking me about an hour and a half, but that included stopping to take a lot of pictures.

Thanks to everyone who has put up pictures and directions in the past. They were very helpful.

Lynn
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Old February 22nd, 2007, 06:37 AM   #8
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Server fixed.

My website is back up. Sorry about that.

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Old February 22nd, 2007, 01:12 PM   #9
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Lynn! You are awesome!! - Superb bit of photographic reportage and text tute. Excellent!!
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Old April 30th, 2007, 08:25 AM   #10
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Dead

The link is totally dead again.
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Old April 30th, 2007, 08:30 AM   #11
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The link is totally dead again.
I believe it is working now.

http://penguin.nu/lynn/diy/gl2zoom.aspx

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Old April 30th, 2007, 08:50 AM   #12
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Yep, it's on and off. I just posted a new thread... do you think it's the same issue? On my friend's camera both buttons are dead...
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Old June 1st, 2007, 10:00 AM   #13
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My thanks to Lynn - I've just replaced the rocker mechanism on my XM2, following Lynn's excellent documentation.
The actual part only cost me 7 GBP from Canon (Europe) so I'm well pleased.
(So is my lad, who's just inherited the camera!!!)

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Old June 6th, 2007, 07:23 PM   #14
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Gl2 zoom repair

I think I wish that I had seen this article before sending my Gl2 in for repair but maybe not. Here's my 2 cents--

--both my zoom controls went out while I was on a shoot in El Salvador-I use the Gl2 in an underwater housing for shooting a surf film. Fortunately I had my Xl2 with me so all was not a loss.

I guess my concern with repairing it myself is this--I found out that the cable for the zoom was damaged some how as well as the contacts that are spoken of here--also found that there were some mechanical issues which could have affected the picture\sound quality as well---had I merely fixed the zoom contacts myself--i guess I would have never known about the other issues---

If I just shot locally perhaps it wouldn't be that big an issue--I could have always rented one in an extreme emergency--but when you are paying $ for travel--and shooting a situation that can't be filmed again and your equipment goes down---

It's worth the extra money I think to make sure all is right--(yeah I know that doesn't mean that soemthing else couldn't go wrong)--but for me at least I have the peace of mind thinking that all is well.

by the way anyone looking to purchase a Gl2 used--I would say don't---apparently after talking to the tech ( as has been previously mentioned)--this is a fairly common issue so unless you get the cam for a good price--and figure that you might have to either attempt the repair yourself or send it in--I think one would be better off purchasing a new system.

And if like me you are depending on that system -- what's the extra price you would pay worth----to know that your equipment in all liklihood will not fail.....at least for a while.

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