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Feb 11, 2010 06:08 |  #1

I'm buying a used 5DC, and the serial # starts with a 1.
I read somewhere? that those were the older ones and they have issues that the ones that start with 2-3 do not.
Is there any truth to this??


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Feb 11, 2010 06:22 |  #2

1= made in 2006
2=2007
3=2008

Only some of the 06 ones had a rather delicate coating on the filter infront of the sensor. In itself it is not a problem but some wet cleaning solutions had a habit of stripping the coating,

All 5D''s were recalled for a mirro fix. There is a tendancy for the mirror to come loose from it's bracket in very hot environments. The fix was/is free if it has not been done or if the mirror falls off.


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Feb 11, 2010 06:25 |  #3

bohdank wrote in post #9587532 (external link)
1= made in 2006
2=2007
3=2008

Only some of the 06 ones had a rather delicate coating on the filter infront of the sensor. In itself it is not a problem but some wet cleaning solutions had a habit of stripping the coating,

So I need to not use certain cleaning solutions?

All 5D''s were recalled for a mirro fix. There is a tendancy for the mirror to come loose from it's bracket in very hot environments. The fix was/is free if it has not been done or if the mirror falls off.

So if I buy it from someone, Canon won't fix the mirror issue for me, will they? I'd need the receipt?


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Feb 11, 2010 06:46 |  #4

email the folks at http://www.copperhilli​mages.com/index.php?pr​=Tutorials (external link) with your serial number. I believe they have a list of the affected serial numbers. I did that when I had a 5D.

The fix for the mirror is available to any owner of a 5D, whether the original owner or not, or the age of the 5D.


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Feb 11, 2010 06:53 |  #5

Thanks so much, bohdank!!!


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Feb 11, 2010 07:02 |  #6

bohdank wrote in post #9587594 (external link)
email the folks at http://www.copperhilli​mages.com/index.php?pr​=Tutorials (external link) with your serial number. I believe they have a list of the affected serial numbers. I did that when I had a 5D.

The fix for the mirror is available to any owner of a 5D, whether the original owner or not, or the age of the 5D.


They emailed me back right away and said mine wasn't a problem!


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Feb 11, 2010 07:06 |  #7

Go for it, then.

I think most people never bothered to get the mirror problem fixed. It's not like everyones mirror is falling off. I never bothered getting mine fixed and I bought mine used.


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Feb 11, 2010 07:10 |  #8

Another issue with some 1* serial number 5D's is the green tinted LCD screen. The camera is still functional, but you can't trust the LCD very much.


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Feb 11, 2010 07:12 |  #9

utjeffc wrote in post #9587651 (external link)
Another issue with some 1* serial number 5D's is the green tinted LCD screen. The camera is still functional, but you can't trust the LCD very much.


I'm OK with that (sort of :confused: )
I don't usually delete anything except for obviously OOF shots until I get home and go through them on my computer


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Feb 11, 2010 08:23 |  #10

stitchbug wrote in post #9587658 (external link)
I'm OK with that (sort of :confused: )
I don't usually delete anything except for obviously OOF shots until I get home and go through them on my computer

I think the later ones were also a little brighter or at least easier to see in glare than the earlier, in addition to the off white balance.

But as you said and others have, don't worry about it, don't trust the screen too much anyway. It is a wonderful thing that we have screens now, and can figure out if we completely blew a shot or not, but they just aren't designed for much detail.


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Feb 11, 2010 09:16 |  #11

nevermind!


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Feb 11, 2010 09:30 |  #12

My latest 5D starts with a 082.... The LCD is not green. I had one that started with a 2. Does anyone know what the 08 means?

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Feb 11, 2010 09:33 |  #13

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My latest 5D starts with a 082.... The LCD is not green. I havd one that started with a 2. Does anyone know what the 08 means?

Paul

We need the entire serial number to determine if it is from the defective batch.

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Feb 11, 2010 10:46 |  #14

0= 2005

That would be one fo the first ones off the assembly line.


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Feb 11, 2010 10:47 |  #15

utjeffc wrote in post #9587651 (external link)
Another issue with some 1* serial number 5D's is the green tinted LCD screen. The camera is still functional, but you can't trust the LCD very much.

I heard they replaced the LCD...I wonder when they started using the new screens?


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