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My Canon 5D card slot has a bent pin as someone forced a cf card in the wrong wayhow can I fix it ?

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  • rustywood Sep 10, 2009

    Thanks Typrice but I have been quoted btween £150 - £200
    to replace the whole card slot unit so should I still have a go at trying to bend it back and if so how? Thanks

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If you have a light touch and long slender object like a paperclip or micro-tool you can attempt to straighten it if the bend is not too severe. If it is, you may just break it off. If you don't feel comfortable doing this by all means take it to a service tech. Easy does it.

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If you try to fix it, you will only bend the adjacent pins. Let a service tech do it.

Posted on Sep 08, 2009

  • Ty Price Sep 10, 2009

    If your only choice is to try it yourself, then you might try something like a thin set of tweezers or a tool like a dental pick. Please be careful and good luck.

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