Canon U.S.A has just posted a new product advisory for the original Canon EOS 5D
. This is not regarding a new problem, but is a reminder that the end of service life for the 5D is scheduled for later this year:
Thank you for using Canon products.
Please note that the after-sales service period (service reception period) for this product will end on September 30, 2015. The free repairs are also scheduled to end on the same day.
We have discovered that, in rare instances, the main mirror of some EOS 5D Digital SLR cameras may detach due to deterioration in the strength of the adhesive. Accordingly, we would like to convey the details and our service policy concerning this phenomenon.
We offer our sincerest apologies to those customers who have been inconvenienced by this issue. Canon always strives to provide the highest quality products to our customers and we will spare no effort in our quality management to make sure our customers can use our products with confidence. We hope our efforts will earn your understanding. Phenomenon
The main mirror of the camera detaches and images cannot be viewed through the viewfinder. Affected products
EOS 5D Digital SLR cameras whose main mirror has detached. User Support
We will repair and reinforce the mirror portion of the affected products free of charge. If you own one of the affected products, please contact our Customer Support Center.
We appreciate your patience, and we offer our sincerest apologies to the customers using these products who have been inconvenienced by this issue.
This information is for residents of the United States and Puerto Rico only. If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.
Contact Information for Inquiries
Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Customer Support Center
Phone: 1-800-OK-CANON (toll free)
Support options and hours of operation: www.usa.canon.com/support
You've seen the color block noise test comparisons in the DSLR camera reviews
. Creating each of those comparisons was time consuming, the comparables were limited and the test results were buried in the review pages. With the new Camera Noise Comparison Tool
, any tested camera can be quickly and easily compared with any other tested camera. Links to the new tool are found throughout the site including on the Tools menu and at the top of most camera reviews.
All cameras included in the tool have "Standard" test results available. A key to remember is that the "Standard" test results have no noise reduction included. Since noise reduction can be applied to images from any camera, the without noise reduction results become the best option for comparing camera models. These results aim to best show the camera's capabilities without software algorithm assistance. Some cameras include multiple sets of test results that may include noise reduction, Multi-Shot Noise Reduction and resolution changes to match other DSLR models.
My suggestion is to load the higher resolution camera sample using the right drop-down list selection when comparing two cameras.
While adding new tests to the tool will remain somewhat time consuming, only the new test images need to be created. Nearly 500 test images are immediately available. The Canon EOS Rebel T6i
results are next in line for inclusion in the tool.
Loading test results from old cameras was nostalgic. Remember when the max ISO was 1600? And we thought it was amazing?
As with most of the site's other comparison tools, the URL showing in the address bar allows sharing specific noise comparisons with others. The complete set of parameters needed to reproduce the specific comparison being viewed are included.
This page is just out of beta testing. Please report any issues and, as always, suggestions are welcome. Resolution Results
Also added to most DSLR camera review pages is a link to resolution chart test results in the Image Quality Comparison Tool
. These previously existing results were usually mentioned in the reviews, but even more buried than the noise comparisons. Look for the bulleted resolution link near the top of the camera review pages.
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) in refurbished (like new) condition for only $109.95. This flash in refurb condition is regularly $129.95 and is currently $239.00 in new condition.
For a limited time, B&H
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- Retractable and Removable Lumisphere
- AAA Battery Power Source
- Includes X-Rite ColorChecker Passport
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