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Canon 5D Is Rumored To Be Dead

by Amy McKay
(Columbuss, Miss.)

Canon 5D

Canon 5D

"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?"

Hi Amy,

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 Options

1. 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,

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by: Amy McKay

1000 stars wouldn’t be enough to thank Bruce and canon camera I bought a replacement Canon 5D from KEH for under $200 with battery and it works perfectly. I would never have had the knowledge or confidence to buy a used 5D we’re it not for the guidance of Bruce. I’ll never stop talking about the [Canon] camera and KEH!!!

Thanks Amy,
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Replacing camera body
by: Amy McKay

Thanks for the information. I believe I’m to the point of replacement body to fit my 24-105 lens. Canon rebel t7i is an interesting option.

I am elderly and a lighter less expensive body is attractive. Are there any other canon rebels I should look at besides the t7i?

Thanks Amy

Replacing 5D Camera Body
by: Amy McKay

Thanks for the information. I believe I’m to the point of replacement body to fit my 24-105 lens. Canon rebel t7i is an interesting option.

I am elderly and a lighter less expensive body is attractive. Are there any other canon rebels I should look at besides the t7i?

Thanks Amy

Amy, The t7i is only 5 years old so you can consider it a valid upgrade from the original 5D. The Rebel t7i is very popular with its owners.

Realize though that it has a a smaller sensor. It's an APS-C crop camera, so your 24-105 will give you the same angle of view as a 38-168mm lens on your 5D. You may be disappointed with the narrower wide angle view you get with your 24-105mm lens on the Rebel t7i.

You do have the option of getting a second lens, a lens with a wider angle of coverage for those strong perspective or landscape scenic photos. You can save money by getting a smaller EF-S lens that work great on the t7i, like the 18-135mm or the 10-18mm lens. For more understanding on this you can read this article:
EF Versus EF-S


New Batteries arrived
by: Amy McKay

I charged until the orange light was blinking at 3 rapid blinks. Placed in my camera and the window on top is lit but there’s nothing in the main window. No response from pressing the shutter.

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