This morning I ran into a battery issue with my Canon 5d mark III, and in the interest of being thorough, I wanted to do a full system flush on the camera. You know the flush I mean – where you pull the battery, card, and even the clock battery, then let the camera sit for 30 minutes to completely “flush” the system. Think of it as a thorough system reset.
Anyhow, I quickly discovered that the clock battery is not stored in the same location as it is on my older 5d mark II. A quick Google search turned up plenty of references to performing the process, but nothing that indicated just where the clock battery was located or how to remove it. Since I was on my own, I decided to go exploring and post images of the process.
You’ll need a very small Philips-head screwdriver; something you might use for repairing glasses. There’s only a single screw to remove, but be very careful not to lose it.
Moving parts wear out, and camera shutters are no different. Just like the timing belt in a car, there is a life cycle after which all camera manufacturers suggest replacing the shutter inside your camera. Can you wait for it to fail before replacing it? Sure. But if the prospect of throwing a shutter leaf while on the job is too risky, then you may want to be more proactive. Continue reading Canon 5d mark II Shutter Replacement→
UPDATE: 5/3/2013 if you’re using mRAW or sRAW in your workflow, check out my recent article to see if you’re actually saving yourself hard drive space.
UPDATED 4/3/2012 to add metric for mRAW to CF, sRAW to SD.
I am in love with my new Canon 5d3. A huge sigh of relief for me is the dual card slots, so I can always have a backup. Unfortunately there’s a big performance difference between the SD card slot and the CF card slot.
I took a spill while on a shoot yesterday, and my camera and my pride got a bit of a knock.
Immediately after “the incident” my camera appeared to be working fine, but a few minutes later the camera froze up with Error 30 on the screen, along with the usual suggestions that you try turning the power on and off, or removing and reinserting the battery. Power cycling didn’t work. Removing the batteries (I’m using the battery grip, thus the plural) worked for a few shots, then the error came back. I repeated this process a few times before completely taking the camera apart (lens & batteries) and letting it rest a moment. After putting it back together everything has been working fine. Continue reading Canon Error 30→