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Faulty Canon 5d mark iii

rogair747
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Purchased a Canon 5d mark iii just under a year ago. The Camera developed a fault about a month ago. Would not communicate with the flash( photos over exposed ) and two vertical lines on the pictures. I bought it via the net. Sent it back to them. They had it nearly three weeks and sent it back to me with the same fault. It is now back with them. I have no faith in their "repair " department or the camera and am pushing for a replacement. Other "canon approved" service centres have not come across this fault and I doubt very much if these clowns can fix it. Any advice appreciated
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Peter
Authority
Authority

Did you send the camera and the flash?

TCampbell
Elite
Elite

Which flash are you using?

 

There was, for example, an issue with some 580EX II speedlights in which the screws that hold the foot plate in could become loose.  If that happens then the pins may fail to get a good connection.

 

The solution was as easy as re-snugging the screws... complicated by the fact that the screws are actually tightened from the inside of the flash.  Canon will do it for you if you send it back to them (assuming this is a Canon flash.)  They had a service kit which replaced the footplate and screws with a newer design that should be less prone to becomming loose.

 

But this could happen to any flash.  If the flash is on the camera and the locking lever in secured, the flash should have very little play (if you gently wobble the flash it shouldn't move much at all.)  If it does wobble, then it's loose and needs service.

 

There are YouTube videos that show the issue and also show how to fix it (for the mechanically minded person.)

 

Tim Campbell
5D III, 5D IV, 60Da

Flash works perfectly on my 650d. It's not the flash

So, what kind of flash is it and did you send both the camera and the flash to the service place?


@rogair747 wrote:
Flash works perfectly on my 650d. It's not the flash

It's not really safe to draw that conclusion.

 

Specifically which brand & model flash is this?  Third party flashes reverse-engineer the interface and it's happened before that one will work on one camera model, but not a different model.  

 

The 5D III allows flash control via in-camera menus (previosu models didn't offer that to the degree that you can do on a 5D III).  It's possible do dial in flash exposure compensation via the camera (instead of using the menu on the flash.)  Have you checked that?  And of course it's also possible to dial-in flash exposure compensation using the flash menu as well.  Have you checked that too?

 

Tim Campbell
5D III, 5D IV, 60Da

ebiggs1
Legend
Legend

"The Camera developed a fault about a month ago. Would not communicate with the flash( photos over exposed ) and two vertical lines on the pictures."

 

Try a different flash.  It does not sound like the camera.

EB
EOS 1DX and 1D Mk IV and less lenses then before!

rogair747
Contributor
It's a Canon 439ex2. The vertical lines appear on exposures flash or no flash!

An example picture? Full size with exif embeded.

 

Do you get a message about TTL or A-TTL - rather than E-TTL or E-TTL II?

"The vertical lines appear on exposures flash or no flash!"

 

Doesn't this indicate it is not the flash as the problem?

If the "clowns" at Canon Service did not find anything wrong, I would start looking elsewhere.

EB
EOS 1DX and 1D Mk IV and less lenses then before!
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