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    What shall I do with my dead-as-a-dodo EOS 5D?

    As I related in this thread, I recently lost my Canon EOS 5D to the fury of the ocean.

    I decided to take it to Canon today to see what it would cost to repair it.

    The counter staffer looked at it and expressed his extreme doubt that it would be repairable without costing a lot of money. He took it into a repair tech for a quick look, and he confirmed that it was a write-off.

    Just replacing the mirror box is a $600 job. The cost to repair it would be more than the camera's current market value, so it's not worth it.

    So, I basically have a paperweight with the word "Canon" printed on it.

    The question: What shall I do with it?

    A few options crossed my mind:

    1. utterly destroy it with blunt-force trauma (think baseball bat or rock shelf);
    2. ceremonially toss it into the very ocean which ended its life;
    3. take it apart, have a peek at the insides, and then bin it; or
    4. sell it to anyone who wants it for parts. (Mod note: Only via classifieds on AP)


    I have no idea what to do with it.

    (Selling redacted)


    Over to you.
    Last edited by Kym; 17-06-2010 at 2:26pm. Reason: Mod note: Only via classifieds on AP

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    I'll actually buy it off u mate for a small fee, I have some ideas I can do with it for photoshoots

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    I liked the idea of a watery grave, and/ or turning it into a trophy.
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    Give it to Kiwi for his bug farm
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    oooo, id love a dead canon, is there any better sort ?
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    Sorry to hear you had a fine camera ruined.

    However, Mongo's curiosity for all things photographic says have a peek at the insides and then gather up the useless pieces and give them to Mongo to fuse in a pottery kiln at near 1300 C. The parts could even be incorporated into Mongo's next porcelain piece to sit on your sideboard - although , there is serious doubt they will be recognisable by then.

    Otherwise , JM Tran's idea sounds more constructive.

    Either way, it has been very cool of you to invite us to pay mythbusters with you and your formally fine equipment.
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    I follow Mongo, I would have to have a look inside to see what makes it tick! BUT, if JM can make use of it that would be better and not as stressful, you will know it has gone to a good home...who knows, it might become famous
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    Quote Originally Posted by JM Tran View Post
    I'll actually buy it off u mate for a small fee, I have some ideas I can do with it for photoshoots
    That sounds like the best offer I've had all day!

    Okay, let's talk privately re the coinage and logistics of getting it from here to there.

    Quote Originally Posted by chamellieon View Post
    I liked the idea of a watery grave, and/ or turning it into a trophy.
    The thought of throwing a camera, for which I paid $4,200 when it was new, into a watery grave, really isn't an easy thing to do. :-)

    Besides, it'd pollute the ocean I so love to photograph (even though the bastard decided to attack me).

    Quote Originally Posted by kiwi View Post
    oooo, id love a dead canon, is there any better sort ?
    A dead Canon is still more useful than a live Nikon.

    Quote Originally Posted by mongo View Post
    Sorry to hear you had a fine camera ruined.
    Thanks Mongo. It was a rather unfortunate case, but that camera brought me much joy and many pleasing images. She did well before the ocean decided to outrank her.

    Quote Originally Posted by mongo View Post
    However, Mongo's curiosity for all things photographic says have a peek at the insides
    The only problem with that option is that you need a doctorate in rocket surgery to disassemble it, and by the time you get the thing apart, the Mark III will be out.

    Quote Originally Posted by mongo View Post
    Otherwise , JM Tran's idea sounds more constructive.
    Too true. If he can actually use it for something useful (which clearly excludes taking photos with it), that'd be better than destroying or otherwise tossing it; and besides, I'd make a few shillings.

    Long shot, but I don't suppose he's willing to pay what it cost me to buy a 5D Mark II... :-)

    Quote Originally Posted by mongo View Post
    Either way, it has been very cool of you to invite us to pay mythbusters with you and your formally fine equipment.
    I figured it'd get some interest.

    What I didn't count on was anyone wanting to buy it!

    The batteries are still on offer (assuming JM Tran doesn't want those, but if he has a camera which also uses BP-511As, they could be useful).

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    Well, if you are looking for ideas....

    You could always try Brian Ayling's DIY Photographic Repair Tips.

    Certain old Takumar lenses eventually turn yellow because of a rare earth glass element within. This was Brian's non-reversible repair method. We later found that exposure to UV light cured the yellowing. Sadly, that particular lens had other problems that rendered it useless and Brian got immense satisfaction from "repairing" it in the manner that he did.
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    Use it for a social experiment.
    Leave it at a bus stop & use your 5DII to record who takes it and if they try to find an owner for it.
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    I think I'd put it into one of those diarama type frames with a backdrop of your fav photo taken with it


    Nah....send it to tran the man

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    Sell it to Sydney Water, they can melt Canons down and make manhole covers with them...

    An honest C+C please!


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    Hollow it out and make a fishtank!!!
    Last edited by maccaroneski; 07-06-2010 at 9:56pm. Reason: Added smilie in case anyone thought I was serious...

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    Quote Originally Posted by maccaroneski View Post
    Hollow it out and make a fishtank!!!

    Even better... I'll donate some internals from a D70s and you can turn the 5D into a camera




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    Quote Originally Posted by maccaroneski View Post
    Hollow it out and make a fishtank!!!
    I think a small fish is still swimming around inside the LCD compartment.

    I kid you not -- there is still a droplet of water on the inside of the plastic LCD cover.

    Quote Originally Posted by arthurking83 View Post
    Even better... I'll donate some internals from a D70s and you can turn the 5D into a camera
    Sorry, but I don't believe in Nikon jokes -- I've seen too many of them marketed as cameras.

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    i had a similar failure with a 20D...

    it was used in a wrestling match and broken... it is now an ornament on my shelves....

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    Take it to the next AP meet in the bush but don't tell anyone it is broken. Put the camera on a stump 100m away, bring out a rifle then offer the Nikon users a shot for $1. You will have the money for a new Canon in no time

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    Pity its the wrong shape for a coffee mug you could get at least $60 or so for it! LOL
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    Make it into a coffee mug - I reckon it could be done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkChap View Post
    I think the original offer of the batteries in this thread may have been technically outside the classified rules any way.
    Mod note:

    Correct!

    So if the batteries are for sale please use the classifieds system (not PM's)

    @Error99 - you are not eligible for trading / classifieds on AP yet (30 days/50 posts rule) so we will let that slide anyway.

    Back to normal programming!

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