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On Saturday last, I carried out the DotTune AFMA process on three of my lenses, apparently successfully, and on Sunday decided to go out to our local wildlife park to try out some real-world images. Arriving in the park, I switched on the camera and noticed that it took 10-15 seconds to power up. I switched it off and on again - same thing. Removed and replaced battery - same thing.
I then attempted to take a photo and got an error message to the effect that card slot 1 was not reading and suggested a format of the card. I tried this and got another error message. I had a CF card in slot 1 (RAW) and a sd card in slot 2 (SJeg) and so I removed the CF card and switched to standard shooting on the SD card.
On chimping, I could clearly see that the images were severely soft. After much head-scratching, I checked the AFMA menu setting and found that although the per lens setting was as set on the previous day, the "All by same amount" setting had mysteriously changed itself to -8. How?
At this point, I decided that this was just not my day in the park and packed up. On arrival home, I had a good look inside the cf card slot and, sure enough, one pin has bent over and is touching the one next to it. There is also a scratch mark on the socket side of the card itself.
Searching around on the forums, I find that bent pins are not uncommon. Somewhere, also, I am sure I saw someone else report the -8 AFMA issue although I can't find it now!
Some of you readers may be envious that I live in photographer's paradise, Kenya - sadly this now poses a big problem for me to get the camera repaired here in the middle of Africa. I have to consider unconventional ways of straightening the bent pin. Does anyone out there have any bright ideas, I wonder?
As I say, a bad day for my beloved 5d3.....