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What to do with a fried 5D MKII?

 
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Sep 05, 2016 20:14 |  #1

Hi,

I was on a rafting trip this summer using my 5D MKII to take great pictures of canyon walls and cloud formations when our raft was flooded by a huge wave. Unfortunately, my camera got wet and went on the blink. I sent it to the Canon Repair facility in New Jersey and the price to repair it is too high, roughly $900. I can see on the market place that I can get a good used one for that price if I want another 5D, which I'm not sure I do.

My question is what to do with the 5D MKII body? Do you think someone could use it for spare parts? Do you think it has any worth to anyone? The internal components are fried, but the outer shell of the camera is in reasonably good condition.

If anyone has any thoughts let me know. I'm just having a hard time dropping the camera in a garbage can that I once spent a good amount of money on.

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Sep 05, 2016 20:20 |  #2

I have a Brownie Hawkeye Flash prominently displayed in my computer/den room. It hasn't had film in it for about 48 years. It still evokes lots of childhood memories. My kids can throw it out when I die.




  
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Sep 05, 2016 20:20 |  #3

Does Canon still do their trade in program? Where if you buy a new body from them and send in any body, working or broken, they take off a large amount, like 10-15%? It's been a long time since I looked into their loyalty program.


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Sep 05, 2016 20:23 |  #4

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I have a Brownie Hawkeye Flash prominently displayed in my computer/den room. It hasn't had film in it for about 48 years. It still evokes lots of childhood memories. My kids can throw it out when I die.

And this is my second suggestion. I had a Powershot S5 IS and a old little Olympus point and shoot sitting on my shelf in my office. Both cameras were mine when I was in high school/college and I loved them. Took some of my favorite memories with them.

A month ago someone broke into my house, and in addition to stealing my new photo gear and my electronics, they also stole the old cameras. The rest of my stuff was replaceable, those weren't. Still hurts to think about.


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Sep 05, 2016 20:45 |  #5

Myboostedgst wrote in post #18118232 (external link)
Does Canon still do their trade in program? Where if you buy a new body from them and send in any body, working or broken, they take off a large amount, like 10-15%? It's been a long time since I looked into their loyalty program.

This was called the Canon Loyalty Program. I think it still exists but the deals may not be as good as they were a few years back. The phone number used to be (866)-443-8002. It's tool free so doesn't cost anything to check what if any deal may exist.




  
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Sep 05, 2016 22:16 |  #6

The old Canon Loyalty program is pathetic nowadays. My 5D died, Canon reiterated it was no longer serviced by them, I would get a flat $60 credit against any new or refurb camera purchased direct from them, and get free shipping, and keep the old camera because Canon does not want it.


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Sep 06, 2016 20:10 as a reply to  @ Bassat's post |  #7

A Brownie is cuter than a 5DMK II. I feel the same though, I just don't want to throw it away.




  
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Sep 06, 2016 20:12 as a reply to  @ Myboostedgst's post |  #8

Actually when I told Canon not to do the repair they sent information referring their trade in program. I went and looked and I know that the inventory is always changing, but the prices they were asking for the used/refurbished equipment was really high. I can find better deals here on POTN.




  
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Sep 06, 2016 20:17 as a reply to  @ Myboostedgst's post |  #9

Really! That's a drag. You wouldn't think they would take the old gear. Actually my first camera that got me into photography was a Canon AE-1. I had a bunch of lenses and filters. A really good amount of gear. I sold it to pay for my first digital camera. I still wonder sometimes if I should have held onto that camera.

I know I've gotten so use to instant gratification of reviewing a picture and retaking it or bracketing it. But film had that mystery and suspense about it that digital doesn't have.




  
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Sep 06, 2016 20:23 as a reply to  @ Wilt's post |  #10

HI, I agree. Canon offered me information on the Loyalty program when I asked them to return my camera without doing the repair. I found the prices, even when taking the 15% into account to be outrageous. Plus, if I wanted a refurbished camera, I would have had my own repaired.

My 5D MKII was a great camera, but it was also 9 years old, and I guess it's demise is going to force me to upgrade my camera. Pure & simple. I just don't know which camera to get.

Since I'm a serious hobbyist and haven't sold much of anything I don't want to spend a lot on my next camera. I'm looking at either the 70D or the 7D MK II. I'm just starting my research on them now.




  
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Sep 06, 2016 21:39 |  #11

I dropped a 50D into a trout stream 3 or 4 years ago. Sent it to Canon and they told me it could not be repaired. "Too much rust" was what they told me. I called a local (Asheville, NC) camera repair shop and they said they'd look at it. They replaced 2 boards and charged me about $200. It has not given me a moments problem since then.


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Sep 07, 2016 14:41 as a reply to  @ MikeThompson's post |  #12

Really? The nearest local repair shop to me closed up recently. I live South of Boston. I could look into that. I have the quote from Canon. I know which boards need replacing, so it wouldn't hurt to ask for a quote. Thanks for the advice.




  
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Sep 07, 2016 14:51 |  #13

Sell on eBay for spare parts?


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Sep 07, 2016 15:09 |  #14

Here's where I sent mine. You may want them to troubleshoot the camera themselves. Like I said, Canon told me mine couldn't be repaired, but Crystal Camera did it.

http://www.crystalcame​ra.com/ (external link)


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Sep 07, 2016 21:43 as a reply to  @ FarmerTed1971's post |  #15

I do have an Ebay account. I should look to see what I could get for it. My fear is not much, but maybe there is someone out there rebuilding cameras who might want it.

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