Just dropped my new 5D3 :(

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Dylthedog
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Just dropped my new 5D3 :(
May 20, 2012

Well, it fell off the tripod to be more accurate

To make matters worse it had my brand new (arrived Thursday!) 100 2.8L macro attached

I thought it was locked-on but it obviously wasn't. Fortunately it wasn't so high, about 1.3m, and it landed on the quick release bracket but slid/bounced across the laminate floor and has quite a few cosmetic scuff marks.

There are no marks on the lens, thank goodness, and both appear to function OK.

The mat coating has rubbed off on the pentaprism and is marked elsewhere though. I know pro's wear that stuff as a badge of honour but I'm a bit OCD about that stuff, so if anyone has experience of getting that repaired please let me know.

I knocked the quick release once with my 5D2 and my 17-40L and just caught the camera by the strap before hitting some rocks so I religiously lock it now; can't say I'm so confident about the tripod at all now

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In reply to Dylthedog, May 20, 2012

Thats awful. feel your pain I am ocd and it is a horrible way to live. If it was me I would have to buy another 5d3.
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D'oah! I generally drape the camera strap around a tripod knob as a backup safety. Perhaps a black Sharpie or dab of flat black enamel paint will help mask the ding.

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I'd send it to Canon for repair. You may have damaged the prism. Sorry...

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Yea, my 5D3 has the light leak with the lens cap on. The pics are better with the cap off anyway.

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In reply to Dylthedog, May 20, 2012

Ouch! That hurts!

In a perverse way, you know can focus on using your camera for making photographs and worry less about maintaining it as on object of technological perfection. You might try covering up some of the scuff marks with a Sharpie or similar. You'll soon stop worrying about it I think.

(Yes, I've done this to my gear, too.)

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Dylthedog wrote:

Well, it fell off the tripod to be more accurate

To make matters worse it had my brand new (arrived Thursday!) 100 2.8L macro attached

I thought it was locked-on but it obviously wasn't. Fortunately it wasn't so high, about 1.3m, and it landed on the quick release bracket but slid/bounced across the laminate floor and has quite a few cosmetic scuff marks.

There are no marks on the lens, thank goodness, and both appear to function OK.

The mat coating has rubbed off on the pentaprism and is marked elsewhere though. I know pro's wear that stuff as a badge of honour but I'm a bit OCD about that stuff, so if anyone has experience of getting that repaired please let me know.

I knocked the quick release once with my 5D2 and my 17-40L and just caught the camera by the strap before hitting some rocks so I religiously lock it now; can't say I'm so confident about the tripod at all now

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If the prism is damaged...
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If the prism is damaged, then I would expect a whole lot more to be damaged since I believe the prism is one solid chunk of glass.

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I'd send it to Canon for repair. You may have damaged the prism. Sorry...

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Yea, my 5D3 has the light leak with the lens cap on. The pics are better with the cap off anyway.

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In reply to Dylthedog, May 20, 2012

I had a friend who was very OCD and he used to sand paper a small section of all of his lenses and cameras in order to get the "first incident" out of the way.

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Dylthedog wrote:

Well, it fell off the tripod to be more accurate

To make matters worse it had my brand new (arrived Thursday!) 100 2.8L macro attached

I thought it was locked-on but it obviously wasn't. Fortunately it wasn't so high, about 1.3m, and it landed on the quick release bracket but slid/bounced across the laminate floor and has quite a few cosmetic scuff marks.

There are no marks on the lens, thank goodness, and both appear to function OK.

The mat coating has rubbed off on the pentaprism and is marked elsewhere though. I know pro's wear that stuff as a badge of honour but I'm a bit OCD about that stuff, so if anyone has experience of getting that repaired please let me know.

I knocked the quick release once with my 5D2 and my 17-40L and just caught the camera by the strap before hitting some rocks so I religiously lock it now; can't say I'm so confident about the tripod at all now

How sad...

It's always a bit traumatizing when brand new items suffer these kinds of mishaps. Being that I am a bit clumsy with my hands, the possibility that things like that could happen keeps haunting me...

I remember that the very first thing that happened to my brand new 70-220 f/2.8 II, after taking it for a ride for the first test shots, was putting a scratch on the barrel somehow, already at home. Till this day, I still don't know how it happened (it was OK when I arrived home, after the test...).

It was (...still is...) a bit saddening because this is an iconic lens for me, the one I would keep, even if I had to sell everything else.

There's an acrylic paint sold by french paint manufacturers Pébéo that I always use to retouch D1 body scratches since, when it dries, it is color-wise indistinguishably from the body paint (...the physical scratch will be there still, obviously...). It's the Pébeo Deco, Matte black 55.

http://en.pebeo.com/Creative-leisure/Decorate-surfaces/P.BO-deco

Hope this helps.

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gdanmitchell wrote:

In a perverse way, you know can focus on using your camera for making photographs and worry less about maintaining it as on object of technological perfection. You might try covering up some of the scuff marks with a Sharpie or similar. You'll soon stop worrying about it I think.

(Yes, I've done this to my gear, too.)

Dan

It's perverse but very true. First time my tripod+head fell over (without a camera attached thankfully) I rued the deep scuff marks. But now that they're there I'm much less ginger with it and it has allowed me to do my landscape setups much faster and not have to worry about keeping it "mint". It's even more true for a pair of used 5Ds I bought over the past year, one which had a full-width scratch across the LCD at the time of my purchase - I handle and use that body in ways/situations I would never do with an expensive "mint" body (because of worries for eventual resale value) and it has meant getting photographs I would have missed otherwise.

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In reply to Dylthedog, May 20, 2012

Photokhan - cheers, I'll try the paint. Its the textured finish that's come off and the edge of it is what's visible, maybe that will stop it being so obvious.

I think that it's because it's so new it annoys me so much - as some of you say I'll clearly get over it. I take such good care of my stuff it really gets to me when I mess it up

Still, I could have bent the 100L as well and that would have REALLY hacked me off!

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Oh cr@p!

Sorry to hear that.

I would have a word with a Canon repair centre and see if you can get it repaired. At the end of the day you will be a lot happier if there is no sign of it on the body to remind you.

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sorry to hear,

I think investing on a good tripod is very important and make sure how to effectively locking it with all the weight...

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Photokhan - cheers, I'll try the paint. Its the textured finish that's come off and the edge of it is what's visible, maybe that will stop it being so obvious.

I think that it's because it's so new it annoys me so much - as some of you say I'll clearly get over it. I take such good care of my stuff it really gets to me when I mess it up

Still, I could have bent the 100L as well and that would have REALLY hacked me off!

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I thought I did!

It's a Manfrotto ball head, I was sure I'd locked it.

I've tried to repeat it since but I just can't make it do it again. I'll be super careful in the future, that's for certain!

alien3333 wrote:
sorry to hear,

I think investing on a good tripod is very important and make sure how to effectively locking it with all the weight...

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Dylthedog wrote:

Photokhan - cheers, I'll try the paint. Its the textured finish that's come off and the edge of it is what's visible, maybe that will stop it being so obvious.

I think that it's because it's so new it annoys me so much - as some of you say I'll clearly get over it. I take such good care of my stuff it really gets to me when I mess it up

Still, I could have bent the 100L as well and that would have REALLY hacked me off!

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Dylthedog wrote:

Well, it fell off the tripod to be more accurate

To make matters worse it had my brand new (arrived Thursday!) 100 2.8L macro attached

I thought it was locked-on but it obviously wasn't. Fortunately it wasn't so high, about 1.3m, and it landed on the quick release bracket but slid/bounced across the laminate floor and has quite a few cosmetic scuff marks.

There are no marks on the lens, thank goodness, and both appear to function OK.

The mat coating has rubbed off on the pentaprism and is marked elsewhere though. I know pro's wear that stuff as a badge of honour but I'm a bit OCD about that stuff, so if anyone has experience of getting that repaired please let me know.

I knocked the quick release once with my 5D2 and my 17-40L and just caught the camera by the strap before hitting some rocks so I religiously lock it now; can't say I'm so confident about the tripod at all now

How sad...

It's always a bit traumatizing when brand new items suffer these kinds of mishaps. Being that I am a bit clumsy with my hands, the possibility that things like that could happen keeps haunting me...

I remember that the very first thing that happened to my brand new 70-220 f/2.8 II, after taking it for a ride for the first test shots, was putting a scratch on the barrel somehow, already at home. Till this day, I still don't know how it happened (it was OK when I arrived home, after the test...).

It was (...still is...) a bit saddening because this is an iconic lens for me, the one I would keep, even if I had to sell everything else.

There's an acrylic paint sold by french paint manufacturers Pébéo that I always use to retouch D1 body scratches since, when it dries, it is color-wise indistinguishably from the body paint (...the physical scratch will be there still, obviously...). It's the Pébeo Deco, Matte black 55.

http://en.pebeo.com/Creative-leisure/Decorate-surfaces/P.BO-deco

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The Pébeo Deco, Matte black 55, is it good for the Nikon D1 only ?, I am afraid Nikon paint finish is/might be different than Canon, do you happen to know the color code for the Canon 5D Mark III ?, or the same code/color combination should work ?, thanks
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The Pébeo Deco, Matte black 55, is it good for the Nikon D1 only ?, I am afraid Nikon paint finish is/might be different than Canon, do you happen to know the color code for the Canon 5D Mark III ?, or the same code/color combination should work ?, thanks

I have used it with my Canon 1D cameras (MKIII and MKIV).

I don't have an idea of what other color codes might be, for other cameras.

As a matter of fact, I kind of casually stumbled upon this one. I was trying it for the first time, when I noticed how well it blended into the original finishing, once dry.

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birdbrain wrote:

Oh cr@p!

Sorry to hear that.

I would have a word with a Canon repair centre and see if you can get it repaired. At the end of the day you will be a lot happier if there is no sign of it on the body to remind you.

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In reply to Dylthedog, May 20, 2012

Well, it fell off the tripod to be more accurate

Really sorry for your problem.

Will home owner or rental insurance cover an accident like that? Just the thought is enough to make me check with my insurance agent once the office is open ...

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I thought I did!

It's a Manfrotto ball head, I was sure I'd locked it.

I've tried to repeat it since but I just can't make it do it again. I'll be super careful in the future, that's for certain!

That's a perfect reason to switch to an Arca-Swiss mounting system before it happens again, since you aren't the first and won't be the last with Manfrotto gear......they're just cheap

I know many old Manfrotto users will chime in since they haven't had issues with them but why risk thousands of dollars of gear on a $10 system?
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I appreciate the suggestion Hank, and will look into it, but the gear I have was hardly 10 bucks!

The carbon tripod and head cost over $400... I know there are more expensive options but that is hardly cheap

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That's a perfect reason to switch to an Arca-Swiss mounting system before it happens again, since you aren't the first and won't be the last with Manfrotto gear......they're just cheap

I know many old Manfrotto users will chime in since they haven't had issues with them but why risk thousands of dollars of gear on a $10 system?
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In reply to MikeFromMesa, May 21, 2012

Thanks

I am covered and once I get the quote from the repairer I'll decide if it's worth claiming on my home policy, if it's a few pounds off the excess I won't bother.

Having slept on it I'm still annoyed! Oh well...

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Well, it fell off the tripod to be more accurate

Really sorry for your problem.

Will home owner or rental insurance cover an accident like that? Just the thought is enough to make me check with my insurance agent once the office is open ...

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