Canon 5D Is Rumored To Be Dead
by Amy McKay
"I have been advised that my Canon 5D can't be revived. The battery won't charge and I have learned they are no longer serviced. I have a 24-105mm lens that I would like to be able to use. Can you advise on a camera choice compatible with this lens? And is there anything more to do to determine the viability of my 5D? Could my problem be with an unsuitable battery? Should I spend a little more money to buy another battery to ensure I'm not abandoning my 5D prematurely?"
Sorry for your diagnosis of your dead Canon 5D and battery. The Canon 5D was my first full frame Canon and I used it for several years to shoot portraits professionally. It's still worth using-if it still works.
It's likely that your issue is only with an old battery and it's definitely advisable to test your 5D's health with a fresh battery. I highly recommend you get a new battery, the BP-511A. You can get a two pack of batteries for less than $20 on Amazon.
Canon 5D Repair or Replacement
Like pother companies, Canon stops supporting certainly old models when it makes no economic sense to do so. It happened to me too with an old version 1 of the 70-200mm f/2.8 lens. If your 5D is in need of repair, it would cost much more than the camera is worth. You're better of replacing it with another camera.
5D Replacement Options1. 5D.
You can get a used 5D for less than $300 at KEH
. That's where I buy my used Canon gear. If you're on a tight budget and you are real comfortable with your 5D, it's worth considering.2. 5D Mark II, 5D Mark III, 5D Mark IV
. You'll get an upgrade in technology and quality if you spend a little more on one of the more recent versions of the original 5D (Mark I) that you have. You'll already be familiar with many of the menus and setting, get a better camera, but for a higher price.3. New Camera
. Many options here. Most people are going to mirrorless options. Both the mirrorless RP and R are very affordable for full frame cameras and the technology is outrageously advanced.
EF 24-105mm Lens Compatibility
You'll still be able to use your Canon 24-105mm f/4.0 Lens
no matter which direction you choose to go for a camera. The EF 24-105mm lens will fit on all of the 5D models, any of the APS-C crop Canon DSLRs, as well as any of the Canon mirrorless "R" series cameras, using one of the EF EOS-ER Adapters
Amy, let me know if this helps, if the new batteries solve your issue, or if you have any other questions.
Thanks so much,