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Awesome. My camera is dead. - Paint It Black
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Awesome. My camera is dead.
As near as I can tell from troubleshooting the problem lies with the mirror motor (or the springs, or some damn thing related to moving the mirror). It looks like, whatever the relevant component is in the 40D's body, it just took a dirt nap -- I can't even get the mirror to lock up for a manual sensor cleaning. No ability to bring mirror all the way up means no ability to make a complete exposure -- thus I have no ability to take any photos at all.

Hooray for non-budgeted money needing to be spent on repairs. Glad I did my income taxes and filed for my return last month.

Off to Canon she goes, I guess. I can only hope the repair is quoted as costing less than $350, because if it isn't I'm going to start thinking about just going out and buying a 7D body (which would be a non-trivial upgrade from where I stand now in terms of features). Though I have to be honest with myself .... I'd be an idiot to do that. Even if the repair was in the $350-$450 range it would still be far less than $1,600+ for a new 7D.

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markvd From: markvd Date: March 8th, 2010 12:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Boned :(

Time for upgrade.
feren From: feren Date: March 11th, 2010 03:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for responding.

No, seriously. You're the only one who did. While I get that photography is Not Everyone's Gig, your reply makes me feel not quite so alone.
chefmongoose From: chefmongoose Date: March 11th, 2010 04:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've sort of just got no advice about cameras. I'm using a $90 Samsung, and the most I might ever ever ever ponder is a Micro Four Thirds. :)
greenreaper From: greenreaper Date: April 30th, 2010 02:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've thought about if/when I want an upgrade from my K10D, and I just don't see it happening anytime soon. I've taken 10,000 shots with it (of which about 1/3 were worth uploading) but the limiting factor is still very much me.

I'm sorry you had to pay so much to get it repaired. Serious photography's never been a cheap hobby! :-/

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