Canon Issues Product Advisory for EOS 5D Mirror Separation Issue

canon_5d_450.jpgWhen the Canon EOS 5D was first released in 2005, we were impressed that Canon was offering a Digital SLR using a larger 35mm Film Size Sensor that was the most affordable full frame camera model to date, while still including Professional Level features at a lower price point compared to other cameras using a sensor that large.
The EOS 5D included a newly developed shutter mechanism that was designed to be durable and meet the demanding requirements of a full frame sensor in a relatively compact body style at the time of it's introduction. The shutter mechanism supports speeds as fast as 1/8000 second and uses a quick return half mirror design that prevents any mirror cut off with EF 600mm f/4 or shorter focal length lenses.
But, now, almost 10 years after its release in August 2005, Canon has noticed a problem with the adhesive used to connect the mirror, and has issued a Product Advisory indicating that the main mirror may detach in rare instances due to the strength of the adhesive deteriorating.
If you have an affected camera and the main mirror has detached, you will no longer be able to see images through the viewfinder.
Canon USA says it will repair the mirror portion of the affected cameras at no charge. As you can see from the photo below, they will attach reinforcement parts to the left and right sides of the mirror to accomplish this repair.
EOS5D_Mirror_Detachment.jpgIf you have an EOS 5D with this problem, it would be a good idea to get it fixed soon, since the original EOS 5D service period will end on September 30, 2015 (and repair centers may not be taking cameras after that date).
For more details and instructions, see the Product Advisory from Canon here:
http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/support/consumer?pageKeyCode=prdAdvDetail&docId=0901e0248004cd94&WT.mc_id=C126149

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