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How Do You Fix a $3,500 Camera Light Leak? Easy, Black Tape!

By Pye Jirsa on May 2nd 2012

Lens Rentals (lensrentals.com) got their first batch of “new” 5D Mark III cameras today. I guess curiosity got the best of them as they opened up the camera bodies to see just how Canon decided to fix the light leak issue. And Canon’s solution? Yep, you guessed it, black tape.

I would think for a $3500 system, you could find a more elegant solution than black tape. Maybe silk black tape? Maybe gold lined black tape? Or maybe just fix the camera body itself!?

While the solution is quite unsophisticated, at least Lens Rentals assures us that the solution works well.

Top 5DIII assembly from the original shipment
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Top 5DIII assembly from the new batch
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Read the original article on Lens Rentals Blog.

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  1. Ed Rhodes

    what can’t you fix with gaff tape?

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  2. Matthew Saville Baldon

    Canon’s corner-cutting tradition at it’s finest.  At least the mirror doesn’t fall out randomly…..yet…

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  3. Matthew Saville Baldon

    Canon’s corner-cutting tradition at it’s finest.  At least the mirror doesn’t fall out randomly…..yet…

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    • Jon Yoder

      Oh please…don’t also join the bandwagon. I don’t care about metering with the lens cap on or how metering in the dark is fixed. This whole thing is a small mistake, but mostly dramatization at its finest.

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  4. Joe Gunawan

    MacGyver would be proud!

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  5. Wanderingphot

    Black tape has kept the British and probably US Military going for years. Cant see the harm if it works!

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