valdore's 5D takes hard fall onto pavement - remote trigger port busted

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by valdore, Nov 3, 2008.

  1. valdore macrumors 65816

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    My camera was tripod mounted, and I unwittingly left it on a minor incline without making sure the tripod legs were extended enough. The earth's gravity pulled the whole rig to the pavement - breaking my lens hood - and as I later noticed, the port/terminal for plugging in the remote cable release, which I use frequently.

    Canon's website completely sucks, so it's of no use - but does it sound like I'll have to send it in to a Canon service center which I see are in New Jersey and California?

    At least the camera still takes pictures...

    Some more info... this fall took place two Fridays ago when I was photographing an outdoor event in the evening. The camera/tripod fell, the trigger remained inside the port, and I went about shooting, thinking I was very lucky that I got away with just a busted lens hood. Then I packed up all the gear and went on a trip to New York - where I soon realized using the remote cable release was not an option. Some piece of black plastic with a ring of metal came out stuck to the end of the trigger, so I superglued it back in hoping that would solve the problem, but it didn't.

    How do I go about fixing my 5D?
     
  2. Kebabselector macrumors 68030

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    I think the ring clips the plug in place. It might be possible to remove with long nose pliers.
     
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    Good excuse to get yourself the Mk II! You deserve it.
     
  4. valdore thread starter macrumors 65816

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    The clip broke out and I superglued it back in very carefully, still to no avail.

    Hey, long time no see!

    The 5D and I have been through a lot together thus far, and I can't bear the thought of retiring it quite yet.
     
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  6. valdore thread starter macrumors 65816

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    There is no visible damage. Well, there was the little plastic and silver clip thing that wouldn't stay fastened that I glued back in, but now there's no visible damage... it's just that I've tried two shutter triggers and neither have any effect on the 5D now.
     
  7. Lovesong macrumors 65816

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    ...The little plastic and silver clip thing? Do you mean from the end of the remote, or the actual port of your camera? If it was on the camera, then gluing it back might really have ruined your connector. If you mean on the remote (which it sounds that you've tried other triggers to no avail), then that might be done.

    The most likely impact on the camera is that one of the three prongs inside the port may have become disconnected. Frankly, I wouldn't mess with it, and would send it to Canon. Then again were I to mess with it, I would try moving the three prongs around (back OR forth- they should be even in length).

    That sucks about your camera. Best of luck with it.
     
  8. pdxflint macrumors 68020

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    Sorry to hear about your accident... I know what you mean about not wanting to retire a good workhorse that's served you well. I just wanted to say that. I wish I had a good suggestion, but it's a bit out of my technical know-how range...
     
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  10. valdore thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I just UPS'ed the thing to Canon's service center in New Jersey. And all this time I had always hoped I would never have to do this. Anyway, it's important my 5 be totally prepared for the holidays... insuring the camera in shipment was most of the shipping cost.

    Just in case anyone gives a rat's arse about my 5D repair... :rolleyes:
     
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    We're just happy it wasn't us :) Hope it's o.k. though
     
  14. valdore thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Here's a little somethin' that might make ya (ll) laugh...

    So I go out to my car this morning leaving for work to find it's been sideswiped by some reckless speech impediment and most of the driver's side is all torn up. $3200 in damage. But hey, even though the 5D is in Jersey right now, I still have my old Rebel XT, and the Focus doesn't go in the shop till Monday, so I'll try and put together a real fun HDR of the ruined quarter panel, dented door, and scraped and broken paint. It will be scintillating!

    I'll be curious to see next if my hard drives on my Mac Pro fail.
     
  15. ipodtoucher macrumors 68000

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    Wow dude, bad things happen in threes, so be prepared... Hate to hear about all of this :(
     
  16. valdore thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Well, regarding the car... only thing is my timeframe for pimpin' it up has been altered. I'll have to wait until the body damage is repaired first before I get started on adding the noisy exhaust, some racing stripes... all that good stuff that makes the car go faster. You know, like some phat spinners to roll on, and a racing spoiler on the back of the hood! Once the body shop repairs the Focus and I get it all pimped out, I'll be pickin' up chicks all over!

    Anyway... haha I'm crackin' myself up here. No, maybe this is the last of the bad luck for the year.... had a seizure this summer and have been hospitalized twice this year, and my dad's apartment caught fire the day after I had the seizure.... he lives in the same building as I do.... I think that's everything. Ooh, did I mention the 5D that's in Jersey now getting repaired was around my neck when I had the seizure? Yes, and when I came to on the sidewalk I was under the deliriously mistaken impression that the people around me helping me were trying to steal the 5D and my lens bag. Ahh.... Although it's starting to look more and more like this time next year we'll all be standing in breadlines and congregating in makeshift Bernanke-villes, so who really knows.... we could all be doomed!
     
  17. compuwar macrumors 601

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    Find out what your deductible is, find out what the repair cost is and talk to your insurance agent if A is less than B :)
     
  18. valdore thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Aha! Thank you! I can call my renter's insurance people... aren't they supposed to help when expensive items need repair?
     
  19. taylorwilsdon macrumors 68000

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    Yes they are, but they're an insurance company which means they're worse than just about anything else.

    Good luck, but if its a $200 or less repair I wouldn't bother dragging your insurance into it. Save it for when the *whole* camera goes kaput.
     
  20. rouxeny macrumors 6502

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    Good luck with the camera.

    I hope your seizures get worked out too. That really sucks.
     

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