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Where is Canon's Build Code Date Stamp on 5D ?

Lindy Stone , May 15, 2008; 06:03 p.m.

I am looking at a 5D today and I cannot locate the build code date stamp. Where should I look for it? I'm curious if its freshly minted or a couple dozen months old. How can I determine the firmware version loaded in it?

Thanks Alot!



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Bryan Lardizabal , May 15, 2008; 06:27 p.m.

Date stamp? My 30D doesn't have one. Firmware version can be accessed by the menu button.

Bryan Lardizabal , May 15, 2008; 06:30 p.m.

AFAIK, only the lenses are date coded by Canon.

Ross Murphy , May 15, 2008; 07:31 p.m.


Michael Liczbanski , May 15, 2008; 08:04 p.m.

Ross: All you have to do is open the film chamber of a 5D...

Lindy Stone , May 15, 2008; 08:12 p.m.

This one must be pretty fresh off the production lines as it has firmware version 1.1.1 which was a new topic in mid march 2008.


and the link to 1.1.1


I like that in raw mode the ExtremeIII 8GB card is showing 498 potential images. Thats likey gonna cut down on having to change out cf cards.

I've been all over the body and since theres no film chamber I guess canon had no special spot to ink stamp a date code on it.




Zameen o Aasman , May 16, 2008; 02:21 a.m.

The firmware can be updated by user. So dont be fooled by the version of firmware. The camera could still be three years older for all you know.

Andre Appel , May 16, 2008; 05:06 a.m.

I guess only canon could tell you the production date, by hooking up the cam to their diagnostic tools ...

Ross Murphy , May 16, 2008; 10:34 a.m.


Its a place to start, take the attitude to DPR

Robin Sibson , May 16, 2008; 11:30 a.m.

L-series lenses still have a date code but it has disappeared from most other items - not sure about 1D-series bodies.

Lindy, look at the first digit of the body number. Probably 0,1,2,3 - mine, bought new just under a year ago (didn't think I'd be hanging on to it that long ...) has a 2. It is plausible that each increment reflects some internal changes, and I believe there was a visible change between 1 and 2 with the introduction of an improved LCD (or perhaps that was between 0 and 1?). If it had old firmware it would almost certainly be old, but, as pointed out by other posters, updating the firmware is a routine operation.

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