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I broke my 5D MkIII : (

 
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Apr 25, 2014 16:53 |  #1

Yesterday, while walking to photograph an Anzac parade, I managed to drop my 5D on the concrete sidewalk, and crack the alloy top cover (CG2-3197-010 - (CPS) COVER ASS'Y, TOP). Nearly cried... After 9 years of Canon DSLR shooting (20D, 50D, 7D then 5D MkIII), I managed somehow to NOT lock the 70-200 in place when mounting the lens. So, walking along with the camera hanging off the lens, which was attached to a Black Rapid R-S7, and somehow the camera managed to rotate off the lens mount and fall to the ground.

The part looks to be a complete sub-assembly with the flash hot shoe and a couple of dials attached, and should be available for less than $300. Any ideas about what labour charges I can expect?

The good news was that the camera still worked flawlessly, and managed to capture some great shots. :>;)


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Apr 25, 2014 16:55 |  #2

gaffers tape to cover the crack to reseal it and call it a day, if it all works as is. :)

Honestly, I am not sure what the labor is to pull off the rubber grip and take off various plates in order to release that top plate. I cannot imagine it will be all that cheap. You might have $600-800 wrapped up repairing it.


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Apr 25, 2014 17:28 |  #3

i've heard a similar story before. It appears that under certain conditions, a metal strap part can press the release button.


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Apr 25, 2014 17:43 |  #4

Take a trip to Canon Melbourne Service Centre if you're from Melbourne - they are very helpful:
195 Wellington Road
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Otherwise Camera Clinic:
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Apr 25, 2014 18:20 |  #5

x_tan wrote in post #16861440 (external link)
Take a trip to Canon Melbourne Service Centre if you're from Melbourne - they are very helpful:

Thanks for the tip, but I'm from sunny Queensland ;>;) On Monday I'll pay a visit to Anderson camera repairs, who offer an on the spot quote service.
http://www.andersoncam​era.com.au/ (external link)

I've been to Anderson in the past, and have been impressed with their professional service.


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Apr 25, 2014 18:26 |  #6

I've heard of that happening with the Blackrapid strap before. On more than one occasion.


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Apr 25, 2014 18:48 |  #7

Me too, heard the same story before with the BR strap. OP: good luck with the repair. Hope it doesn't cost too much.



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Apr 25, 2014 20:15 |  #8

MakisM1 wrote in post #16861415 (external link)
i've heard a similar story before. It appears that under certain conditions, a metal strap part can press the release button.

Two other posters mentioned hearing similar stories. On other forums I see reports of the hardware unscrewing from the base of the camera, but in my case that is not what happened. I was left with the strap securely attached to the support bracket under the 70-200mm f2.8 IS lens, but the camera somehow managed to detach itself from the lens! I'd find it hard to see how the strap hardware could impact on the lens release button, but anything is possible...

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Apr 25, 2014 20:43 |  #9

That strap would go right in the garbage pail if it were mine.


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Apr 25, 2014 20:59 |  #10

Not the strap's fault, the OP said the lens was not locked to the camera, if I understand correct.


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Apr 25, 2014 22:51 |  #11

Pjay wrote in post #16861686 (external link)
Two other posters mentioned hearing similar stories. On other forums I see reports of the hardware unscrewing from the base of the camera, but in my case that is not what happened. I was left with the strap securely attached to the support bracket under the 70-200mm f2.8 IS lens, but the camera somehow managed to detach itself from the lens! I'd find it hard to see how the strap hardware could impact on the lens release button, but anything is possible...

Take a look at THIS POST. This is what can happen and has happened before, but I don't think that this applies in your case.


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Apr 26, 2014 08:15 |  #12

Frodge wrote in post #16861740 (external link)
That strap would go right in the garbage pail if it were mine.

I agree. I bought one, used it for about a week, then tossed it. It never felt like the camera was secure. I now use an extended OpTech strap that's long enough to sling across my body so that I can bring the camera up as fast as with BR, but it's attached to the body in a conventional manner, leaving the tripod mount and quick change plate unencumbered. It feels more secure, and for me it's just as comfortable and just as handy.


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Apr 26, 2014 08:48 as a reply to  @ Preeb's post |  #13

I had a man in Spain use a box cutter on my strap when I was walking through a town square. I grabbed his arm as he tried to run so he ended up dropping my 5D MKII not only cracking the grip/top plate area from the fall but snapping off the lens (24-70 f2.8 MKI) I called Canon and they quoted me $780 to fix the grip/top plate and the lens mount area. They informed me that some of the hardware inside the body (near the sensor was damaged) but I stopped them right there. My insurance covered the body and lens so I ended up upgrading to the 5d MKIII and 24-70 f2.8 L MkII. This all happened about a year ago. They may quote you higher or lower but I hope that gives you an idea. So far I have been warned to stay away from BR straps, but in this case as stated above the strap wasn't the issue. I wish you the best of luck.




  
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Apr 26, 2014 10:23 |  #14

rrblint wrote in post #16861901 (external link)
Take a look at THIS POST. This is what can happen and has happened before, but I don't think that this applies in your case.

Yes! This was the post I remembered. Whether it can or cannot happen depends on how the hardware is arranged. I'd suggest to wrap the strap around the lens as shown and see whether any hard pieces (buckles etc) can depress the button or not.


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Apr 26, 2014 17:31 |  #15

Preeb wrote in post #16862532 (external link)
I agree. I bought one, used it for about a week, then tossed it. It never felt like the camera was secure. I now use an extended OpTech strap that's long enough to sling across my body so that I can bring the camera up as fast as with BR, but it's attached to the body in a conventional manner, leaving the tripod mount and quick change plate unencumbered. It feels more secure, and for me it's just as comfortable and just as handy.

Those lugs where the oem strap attach are there for a reason. They are part of the metal internal frame. I would only use a strap that loops through those lugs.


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