Issue with my 5D Mark II

I know this is totally not related to my previous installation of the Z-Finder(it is just a bad coincidence), but since Sunday morning my 5D has been behaving strangely.

In still mode, everything works fine but when I switch to liveview the shutter starts to flip randomly between 2-10 seconds. If I press the record button, it stops flipping and record normally. The flipping action is exactly the same as if the camera was in burst mode, except no pictures are taken. If I press the AF ON button while it is flipping, it will eventually stop, acquire focus and either stop flipping or not once I release the button.

To fix the issue, IĀ  have tried to: change batteries, use another lens, clean everything, use manual focus and change camera settings. Nothing worked.

I Googled about this without success. Am I the first person experiencing this issue?

I am calling the store today to have it fixed. How much do you want to bet that I wont be able to reproduce the problem once in the store?

Of course this issue appeared the day I was shooting an engagement clip and did not have my spare 5d Mark II with me! GRrr

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  • Try taking both batteries out of the camera, let it sit for 5 minutes and then put the batteries back in. A Canon tech had me do when I was having an issue with a 40D. I may not help but what the hell. It’ll only cost you 5 minutes of your time :)

    • admin

      Thanks but already tried that. I just called the store and they say they never heard about this issue. My last resort is to bring the camera to the store for repair and then wait 3-6 weeks. This is a serious issue for me since I have a lot of contractual work coming up. Of course, I have a backup 5DMark II but shooting with a single camera at the time will slow things down.

      The only thing I haven’t tried yet was to reinstall the firmware which I might try tonight. Then again, I dont see how it could be the cause of the issue since the camera has been working A1 so far.

      I will keep you updated.

  • Curious,

    Have you been running Magic Lantern on your 5DMKii?

  • admin

    Nope. I was about to but now I am glad I did not since it would be the first thing Canon would have blamed and probably voided the warranty!