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    5D MKIII light leak.....Just how serious of a problem isit??

    hi guys,

    been reading about all the alleged "problems" that the 5D mkiii has been having.

    error 80's, hanging AF,and most prominentand lately acknowledged by Canon is the light leak issue.

    Just how serious or how big of a problem is it???? I personally don't get it....... you have to have the lens cap on the lens??????? How does that affect one's picture taking??? I am assuming most of us take pictures with the lens cap off.......


    Seriously how big of a problem is it?? Maybe Mark Elberson and the other lucky guys who alreay have their 5D mkiii can share their experiences regarding this "problem"


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    Quote Originally Posted by jks_photo View Post
    hi guys,

    been reading about all the alleged "problems" that the 5D mkiii has been having.

    error 80's, hanging AF,and most prominentand lately acknowledged by Canon is the light leak issue.

    Just how serious or how big of a problem is it???? I personally don't get it....... you have to have the lens cap on the lens??????? How does that affect one's picture taking??? I am assuming most of us take pictures with the lens cap off.......


    Seriously how big of a problem is it?? Maybe Mark Elberson and the other lucky guys who alreay have their 5D mkiii can share their experiences regarding this "problem"


    james
    My understanding is that it's not a problem, really. It doesn't affect the exposure, but the metering. And like you said, only when either the body or lens cap is on, with either the backlight for the top display on or with some serious light hitting the camera. To me it seems like a non-issue, and one that canon is willing to fix to boot.
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    I'll wait and see, mine is behaving perfectly, so far I haven't had to take any shots with the lens cap on.
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    Definitely has not been noticeable to me. Have done night shots, with and without the display light on, and not seen any difference in exposures. Considering this is the first body that I have had all my zoom lenses not need any AFMA whatsoever, even though it ironically has superior adjustment capabilities, there is little chance of it being sent back for fixing something that isn't a problem for fear of mucking something else up. As I doubt resale is likely to happen for many years, I don't think I'll be losing any sleep over this.

    Of course, if it turns out to be replacing a defective weather seal that is something worth sending it back for.

    you don't think this could be a cover to turn off the self-destruct do you???

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    well that sounds reassuring since I do believe you guys use your gear more than I do, and with all the lighting conditions in which you use your 5dmkiii, the "issue" is not felt by you guys then I guess I won't be affected as much either.

    Yup just got my 5dmkiii about 5 hours ago..... what can I say..... the AF is simply superb......well at least for me a guy who has gotten used to the 9pt AF of the 5d mkii and XTi.

    Pictures shot raw look sharp in image browser but not as much in DPP so i'm still waiting for that update.

    Tried several 3 shot bursts of a motorcycles coming towards me and going away from me all look sharp to me....

    Seeing those bursts.... as sharp as they were put a smile on my face...

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    There has been a lot of talk about what difference does it make if you can only notice the probelm when it is capped off. It seems to me that the point of the test is to show there is an outside influence (light leakage) that can be shown to effect the metering which is used for setting exposure. This effect on exposure is difficult to demonstarte any other way because with a lens on you can not seperate the light leakage from what is coming through the lens. However, that does not mean that the problem does not exist with the lens on. Therefore, the test just shows there is light contamination present, and that it is large enough to effect metering. So you may say that it does not effect you, but I guess the question should be... is the camera capablity being reduced, and could I get a metering system that works even more consistently than its current state; and if so, then would it mater to my way of shotting? If Canon is offering to fix the problem I would guess they think it does effect the ability to get an accurate and consistent metering for exposure, and they feel it may be nessesary to fix it in order to reduce variablity in some instances. Whether that effects your type of shooting who knows... they do not provide enough information to make an informed decission.

    I have no skin in this since I do not have a Mark III, but if I did have one I would be wondering if it could be even better that it is today.

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    By the way, if anyone wants to trade your light sieve Mark III for my guaranteed light tight 7D (comes with duct tape over all joints), then I am willing to trade.
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    Have actually done the light leak test in AV mode today to see what happens. Right after start up, the exposure was 6 seconds with LED off. Turned the LED on, 8 second exposure rime. After it was powered up for a few minutes, times were a mix of 13 & 15 seconds, mostly 15, whether the LED was on or off. I honestly can not see a difference. Not sure about anyone else's results, but if you do the test my results indicate that it would be recommended to leave the camera on for a little while before testing. It would seem that the results do vary during an initial warmup stage.

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    @ conropol....
    yes i do see what you mean.... maybe when canon offers the fix and I'm planning to use the camera I will send it infor the fix.

    @jrw
    your tests and reading are exactly what I got.....

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    Mine came off the shelf at a local store. Likely to have not been in the initial production. Starting to wonder if this was detected by Canon's QA department and remedied.

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