Introduction

This guide will show users how to replace the top panel and access many internal parts such as the viewfinder and shutter assembly.

Parts

No parts required.

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  • Lift the rubber flap covering the input/output jacks.

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  • Using a Phillips #0, remove the single 3.4 mm screw.

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Image 1/1: The memory battery can now be easily slid out of place.
  • This step will permanently erase all user settings.

  • The memory battery can now be easily slid out of place.

  • If you are following this guide in an effort to perform a hard reset, you should now press the shutter button multiple times in order to drain any left over power, then replace the batteries and power the device back on. You have just performed a hard reset!

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  • Peel back the rubber cover above the in/out ports to reveal two screw heads.

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  • Remove both 5.4 mm screws using a Phillips #0.

I just accidentally stripped one of those screws. Is there anything I can do or am I...screwed?

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  • Lift the in/out port plastic covering from the bottom where the backup battery used to be.

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  • Remove each 6.3 mm screw on either side of the viewfinder using a Phillips #0 screwdriver.

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  • Remove the three 4.8 mm screws on the bottom of the back plate using a Phillips #0.

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Image 1/1: Remove the single 3.4 mm screw using a Phillips #0.
  • Peel back the rubber covering next to the menu dial to access the screw.

  • Remove the single 3.4 mm screw using a Phillips #0.

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  • The back panel can now fall off easily by turning the device upside down. Be sure to catch it so the data ribbons do not tear or tug.

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Image 1/1: The back panel is now free from the rest of the device.
  • Remove each data ribbon cable from the motherboard by applying pressure down towards the motherboard and gently sliding your thumb upwards on the slot where the cable meets the motherboard. This will raise a very small clip that locks the cable in place.

  • The back panel is now free from the rest of the device.

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  • Using tweezers, pull out the wire attaching the front panel to the motherboard.

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  • Peel off the rubber cover on the front panel in order to access the screws underneath.

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  • Remove each of the 4.9 mm three screws using a Phillips #0.

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  • Remove the two 4.8 mm screws above where the lens would be using a Phillips #0.

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  • Remove the single screw underneath where the lens would be using a Phillips #0.

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  • Remove the four 3.0 mm screws next to the memory card reader using a Phillips #0.

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  • Remove the front panel by lifting upwards from the right side where the in/out ports used to be.

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  • Remove the single 5.9 mm screw next to the the strap loop on the same side as the shutter button.

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Image 1/1: If you are having problems finding this screw, note the orientation of the viewfinder in the bottom center of the photo.
  • Remove the single 3.8 mm screw underneath the camera strap on the same side as the in/out ports.

  • If you are having problems finding this screw, note the orientation of the viewfinder in the bottom center of the photo.

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  • Using tweezers or your thumb, raise the clasp holding the topmost data ribbon cable in order to release it.

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  • The top panel is now free from the rest of the device. Lift to remove.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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6 Comments

The strap hook on the left side of my 5d2 body got bent in a fall and I want to replace it. Do I have to go through all these steps or is there an easier way to get to it ? Thanks

Tim - Reply

Everything it's very nice in this guide.

I just have a question?

Where do I can find the top panel to buy it?

It's seem almost impossible...

stefano masetti - Reply

I would also like to know where a replacement top panel can be purchased from.

t1000email -

I purchased one on Ebay , (US) $100 USD

yanhao996 -

The guide is useful and quite easy to follow. Thanks

Janes - Reply

My EOS5Dii has a defective shutter button. It won't fire the shutter although, with the batter grip attached, the grip button is fine. Is accessing the button easy?

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