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05/05/2008 08:39:01 PM · #1
Help! I put a CF card into my camera (the XT) Saturday morning (was planning to use it with a second lens as a second body on a pretty important shoot) and it said CF error. I pull the card out, look down into the slot, and discover a totally flat pin!!! Will it cost more to get it repaired or just get a whole new camera? Is it worth it? Also, can anyone recommend a place to get it fixed?

Thanks in advance :)
05/05/2008 08:45:50 PM · #2
i've gently reached into the slot with a small screwdriver/flat file and straightened the pins myself, it works... but you gotta be real gentle.
05/05/2008 08:47:57 PM · #3
you may be able to fix it if you can take a mechanical pencil, the kind with the really thin leads in them, take the lead out and use the writing end to GENTLY and very SLOWLY bend it back up, otherwise your best bet is send in to a reputable repair shop or a Canon repair center...

-dave

Ive done it a number of times on processors, CF readers and other things with fine pins. 98% of the time the pencil trick works, like I said though, SLOW and GENTLE ;) by slow I mean, bend a touch and stop for a couple seconds, bend and stop...


05/05/2008 08:50:35 PM · #4
I know that repair is not the easiest to fix and at wolf/ritz camera it is around $200-300 and 4-6 weeks (dont do that). I have fixed it with sugical clamps and a steady hand but it only lasted a few times as the pin is obviously weakened. If you can fix it DIY style, through a 8 gig or so in and never take it out. Otherwise find a small camera repair store.
05/05/2008 11:04:51 PM · #5
Thanks guys, I will try that, if I break it off, not like I am any worse off than I was before, right? LOL
05/05/2008 11:31:01 PM · #6
exactly, but remember.... if you get it even remotely straight, your CF card should go in, and once in, just keep it in and from here on out you will have to use wire. i know that sucks but you could ruin your camera officially, as well as your CF card if the pin gets stuck in it.
05/09/2008 05:15:31 PM · #7
Well, my friends, I tried... needless to say, my camera is short one pin now :(

The pin was broken down near the base (was totally flat against the bottom of the bay) and when I touched it with the pencil, it fell to the side (obviously already loose).

BUT!! It seems to be working ok without the pin... odd right?? I stuck a CF card in it after the pin fell out and, poof!, seems to work... oh well, it will now be a camera for other people, no WAY am I taking a chance with it on a shoot.

SHOOT!!!
05/09/2008 06:18:12 PM · #8
sounds like a extra ground pin
the CF spec has a ground between most data
(CAREFUL NEXT TIME )
05/09/2008 08:36:01 PM · #9
Heh, that's some good luck, congrats! :-)
05/09/2008 10:01:17 PM · #10
You guys make me nervous I've never worried about inserting my CF cards, even aggressively and this makes me feel all queezy.
05/10/2008 12:34:35 AM · #11
Originally posted by CarpeLumen:

I know that repair is not the easiest to fix and at wolf/ritz camera it is around $200-300 and 4-6 weeks (dont do that). I have fixed it with sugical clamps and a steady hand but it only lasted a few times as the pin is obviously weakened. If you can fix it DIY style, through a 8 gig or so in and never take it out. Otherwise find a small camera repair store.


I had a D70S that had a broken pin a year or so ago and went looking for a place to fix it online. I discovered a camera store called Lizotte Camera Repair with auctions on ebay for something like $125 to repair a bent pin. I'd tried to fix it myself but it still didn't work. They don't just bend the pin back, they replace it and check all the other pins as well. They also clean the camera for good measure. They were quick and did a great job. I see they still have the auctions like here and here. I'd highly recommend them.

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