Approve the Cookies
This website uses cookies to improve your user experience. By using this site, you agree to our use of cookies and our Privacy Policy.
Forums  •   • New posts  •   • RTAT  •   • 'Best of'  •   • Gallery  •   • Gear
Forums  •   • New posts  •   • RTAT  •   • 'Best of'  •   • Gallery  •   • Gear
Register to forums    Log in

FORUMS Cameras, Lenses & Accessories Canon Digital Cameras 
Thread started 29 May 2013 (Wednesday) 08:17
Search threadPrev/next
sponsored links (only for non-logged)

5D Mark III Mode Dial Replacement

Junior Member
25 posts
Joined Jun 2012
May 29, 2013 08:17 |  #1

Can anyone possibly tell me where I can order a new mode dial for my 5D MK III? Mine is still fully functional but is scratched up and I prefer to keep my gear in mint condition to maintain future resale value. Is it something I can replace myself or do I need to take it to a shop? If service is required, can anyone possibly recommend a good Canon authorized repair shop in the NYC area?

Thank you.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM

Cream of the Crop
10,310 posts
Likes: 123
Joined Aug 2007
Location: San Jose, California
May 29, 2013 11:22 |  #2

I believe either the front or back cover and the entire top of the camera have to come off and be partially diassassembled to replace the mode dial. Are you up to doing that yourself? I make minor repairs on vintage camera equipment, but I wouldn't tackle this, personally.

Canon Service center in Jamesburg NJ is the closest factory repair facility to you. There are likely some independent authorized repairers right in NYC... Contact Canon and ask, check local directories, contact big stores like B&H and Adorama to see who they recommend. Local pro photographers are also usually a good source of info about repairers.

Personally I wouldn't bother if it's just cosmetic scratches. I'd wait until I was ready to sell, then get it fixed... if it still seems worth it.

Alan Myers (external link) "Walk softly and carry a big lens."
5DII, 7DII, 7D, M5 & others. 10-22mm, Meike 12/2.8,Tokina 12-24/4, 20/2.8, EF-M 22/2, TS 24/3.5L, 24-70/2.8L, 28/1.8, 28-135 IS (x2), TS 45/2.8, 50/1.4, Sigma 56/1.4, Tamron 60/2.0, 70-200/4L IS, 70-200/2.8 IS, 85/1.8, Tamron 90/2.5, 100/2.8 USM, 100-400L II, 135/2L, 180/3.5L, 300/4L IS, 300/2.8L IS, 500/4L IS, EF 1.4X II, EF 2X II. Flashes, strobes & various access. - FLICKR (external link)

"smells like turd"
11,675 posts
Gallery: 258 photos
Likes: 5657
Joined Jan 2004
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
May 29, 2013 13:52 |  #3

looking at the parts catalog, the dial itself isn't listed as a seperate part, which means Canon don't stock just that as a repair part.
CG2-3197-000 is the part number for top cover assembly with dial etc.

I wouldn't reccomend a DIY attempt...

some fairly old canon camera stuff, canon lenses, Manfrotto "thingy", and an M5, also an M6 that has had a 720nm filter bolted onto the sensor:
TF posting: here :-)

Yogi ­ Bear
1,492 posts
Likes: 3
Joined Feb 2009
Location: League City, TX USA (Houston)
May 29, 2013 17:47 as a reply to  @ joeseph's post |  #4

Here's a place where you might be able to buy the parts:​m/5dmkIII.htm (external link)

Canon EOS 7D | EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM | EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS |
EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM | 250D | EF-S 10-22 mm f/3.5-4.5 USM | 580 EX II |

1,634 posts
Likes: 46
Joined Apr 2012
May 29, 2013 17:59 |  #5

I would not do this yourself. TOO much involved. Send it in if you want it replaced. Honestly though... I would not worry about scratches. If you go to sell it, then you can see about replacing it. What happens if you replace it now.... and then scratch it again?

5D Mark III / 70-200 2.8L IS II / 24-105L / 50 1.8 stm / Tamron 70-300 VC / Sigma 85mm 1.4 Art

Dan ­ Marchant
Do people actually believe in the Title Fairy?
5,631 posts
Gallery: 19 photos
Likes: 2053
Joined Oct 2011
Location: Where I'm from is unimportant, it's where I'm going that counts.
May 29, 2013 19:25 as a reply to  @ JeremyKPhoto's post |  #6

Agree with the above poster that you should wait until ready to sell. If you replace it now who knows what may happen between now and when you come to sell it. The backplate or the dial may get scratched again. Better to do any repairs just prior to selling.

Dan Marchant
Website/blog: (external link)
Instagram: @dan_marchant (external link)
Gear Canon 5DIII + Fuji X-T2 + lenses + a plastic widget I found in the camera box.

2,198 posts
Gallery: 97 photos
Best ofs: 3
Likes: 61
Joined Mar 2013
Location: Temecula
May 29, 2013 19:31 |  #7

Ratjack wrote in post #15980585 (external link)
I would not do this yourself. TOO much involved. Send it in if you want it replaced. Honestly though... I would not worry about scratches. If you go to sell it, then you can see about replacing it. What happens if you replace it now.... and then scratch it again?

Exactly, plus it proably cost a lot more to get it fixed than what you might or might not lose when selling.

1,271 posts
Likes: 2
Joined Oct 2007
May 30, 2013 11:35 |  #8

Yeah - don't let scratches bother you. My dial inserts have popped out a few times and Canon has to replace the whole top. One of mine currently needs to be replaced (happened again a few weeks ago - common problem and it happened to another photographer I was with that same night as well) and I'm just living with it. I'll send it to Canon eventually before the warranty expires, but I shoot in just manual and one of the custom modes so it isn't too difficult for me to figure out what mode I'm in. It's a camera, not a piece of jewelry. Scratches are OK.​shooter (external link)​m/stageshooter (external link)

Senior Member
884 posts
Joined Oct 2010
Location: Looking thru the viewfinder
Jun 01, 2013 07:04 |  #9

Why in gods name did you remove the camera from it's original packaging? Even a noob knows a camera loses 20% of it's resale vaalue after the first shutter click.

....the best camera is the one you have on you at the time.

Senior Member
454 posts
Joined Aug 2006
Location: Salisbury, UK
Jun 01, 2013 08:05 |  #10

Just to buck the trend (a little) -

Personally I wouldn't try taking apart a 5D3 but that's because of the value of the body and not because of the complexity of the task. There is always the risk of damaging something if you are clumsy but to change the top cover it's only a matter of removing various screws (about a dozen) and disconnecting some (2 on the back, three or so on the top) ribbon connectors. Between 1-2 hours work including coffee breaks :)

Everything is fiddly but if you are happy with doing both of those ^ and are willing to accept the risk that you will end up with a bigger bill if things go wrong then make sure you have a good set of precision screwdrivers and a pair of tweezers and get stuck in :)

As a few people have posted - better to wait until you are selling before fixing any cosmetic issues. Personally I quite like some scratches on my kit - makes me look more like a pro... :D

"...Most things in life are moments of pleasure and a lifetime of embarrassment; photography is a moment of embarrassment and a lifetime of pleasure..." ~Tony Benn

ed ­ rader
"I am not the final word"
23,365 posts
Gallery: 4 photos
Likes: 556
Joined May 2005
Location: silicon valley
Jun 01, 2013 14:21 as a reply to  @ perfect_pixel's post |  #11

it's like that first door'll get over it soon ;).​draderphotography/ (external link)
5D4, 80d, 16-35L F4 IS, 24-70L II, 70-200L F4 IS II, 100-400L II, sigma 15 FE, sigma 14 f1.8 art, tc 1.4 III, 430exII, gitzo 3542L + markins Q20, gitzo GT 1545T + markins Q3T, gitzo GM4562

sponsored links (only for non-logged)

11,482 views & 0 likes for this thread, 11 members have posted to it.
5D Mark III Mode Dial Replacement
FORUMS Cameras, Lenses & Accessories Canon Digital Cameras 
x 1600
y 1600

Jump to forum...   •  Rules   •  Forums   •  New posts   •  RTAT   •  'Best of'   •  Gallery   •  Gear   •  Reviews   •  Member list   •  Polls   •  Image rules   •  Search   •  Password reset   •  Home

Not a member yet?
Register to forums
Registered members may log in to forums and access all the features: full search, image upload, follow forums, own gear list and ratings, likes, more forums, private messaging, thread follow, notifications, own gallery, all settings, view hosted photos, own reviews, see more and do more... and all is free. Don't be a stranger - register now and start posting!

COOKIES DISCLAIMER: This website uses cookies to improve your user experience. By using this site, you agree to our use of cookies and to our privacy policy.
Privacy policy and cookie usage info.

POWERED BY AMASS forum software 2.58forum software
version 2.58 /
code and design
by Pekka Saarinen ©

Latest registered member is trempulant
888 guests, 139 members online
Simultaneous users record so far is 15,144, that happened on Nov 22, 2018 Digital Photography Forums is the website for photographers and all who love great photos, camera and post processing techniques, gear talk, discussion and sharing. Professionals, hobbyists, newbies and those who don't even own a camera -- all are welcome regardless of skill, favourite brand, gear, gender or age. Registering and usage is free.