My new (to me) Canon 1000d has given up the ghost, no lcd, busy sign in the view finder. I'm hoping it is the firmware update problem but knowing my luck it is the motherboard. If it is dead then I will be looking out for a cheap canon body, I might be able to stretch to an eos 10d, 20d, 350d or 400d. Has anyone got any thoughts on which is the best of these? Alternatively does anyone know how much a new motherboard is likely to set me back. Thanks Matty
Matty, beggar and twice beggar! (I doubt the "censor" will accept the word with a first vowel of a U and the second E.)
I haven't used any of the models you mention, coming in at the 30D. I'd have to look up the models to fully check. I believe the 10D and 20D were models with the "stronger" professional bodies and presumably as well as the body itself, the other internals were more robust. Mind you my first 30D started going wonky - though as I had given it a fair hammering, it wasn't too surprising. I then bought a 7D and another 30D as a backup (I always like having a spare to hand just in case). I haven't used it, the second 30D, too much, and it's been on loan to a lad down the road for a year or so.
I'm not too far from you (Wirral). I have used Gumtree as well as ebay for buying things in the past. The Photographers Bag is quite good to deal with: Photographers Bag
At the very least it gives an idea what something is selling for, and normally has umpteen photos with a pretty full specification.
Let us know how you are getting on.
Last Edit: Nov 8, 2013 19:18:57 GMT -5 by daveh: Edited originally for a typo, then to add in about the 7D.
Sorry to hear about the death of your Canon. I bought my first DSLR about a year ago, and I bought a 20D. I have had nothing but good luck with it and am currently about 3000 exposures in. I don't know how many were on the camera when I got it, but it looked virtually new. I can tell you that it is an impressive picture taking beast! I don't feel handicapped at all by the fact that it is "only" 8.5 megapixel. After a lot of research, I decided on the 20D due to it's capability to adapt to many lens mounts, in particular my K-mounts and M42's. Pentax was my other choice, but they were selling for substantially more than the 20D at the time, and I had a couple of auto focus lenses for the Canon already, and none for the Pentax. As it turned out, that became a non-issue because I hardly ever use the auto-focus, due to the pure enjoyment I receive from using my herd of "Pentax" lenses. The only real difference I have found between the 20D and the 30D is the size of the LCD screen, and since I only use it to look at the histogram, that doesn't matter either. I have been very happy with my 20D.
Hope this helps,
BTW, body, two batteries, and charger, including shipping set me back less than $160 US.
Last Edit: Nov 8, 2013 18:20:15 GMT -5 by olroy2044
Sorry to here about your camera woes as well. However, this is such a great time for used DSLRs right now. The other day, I was just looking through some of the older Nikon DSLRs on eBay right now and found the, still, very competent 10Mp D200 selling for between $150 and $200 regularly!
I'm certain that Canon is in a similar situations with their nicer models as well.
Hello Everyone, Thanks for all the advice. I've had a good fiddle with the Canon and tried the firmware update with no luck. I've phoned Canon service and tried all they suggested and its still dead. Canon suggested sending it in for repair but I think the cost of repair would be more than the camera is worth. So now I'm looking at getting another body, I'm quite taken with the idea of getting a 30d, 8.2 Mp is probably enough for what I want (I haven't printed any photos for ages, I'm quite happy viewing them on the computer screen) with it being semi-pro it should last a bit better. I've seen a couple from dealers at about the £140 mark with warranty, so I'm going to sell a couple of bits and pieces and put the old 1000d up on evil bay as spares or repair to offset the cost of the new body. Matty
That's exactly what I think I would do as well. The 30D sits in a pretty similar place in the Canon line-up as the D200 for Nikon. It's pretty astounding what you can get for your money on the used market these days, and you should be able to get something for the broken camera to help defray the expense.
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Hello Everyone, I've taken the plunge and ordered a 30d from the Photographer's Bag. Body, cap, battery and charger for £120, from what I've read it seems to tick all the boxes for what I want, reasonable sized sensor, sensible number of Pixels in a semi pro body, plus I've already got the lens and a chipped m42 adaptor. I sold a fit bits and pieces to a mate and got myself most of the way there. I'll put the old 1000d on evilbay as spares or repair in the next few days and hopefully recoup a bit on that as well. Matty
For what it's worth. John Lowe is somewhere in the UK. He belonged to " The Canon T90 System" internet group for years as have I. He seems to specialize in Canon and has an excellent reputation for quality workmanship and fair prices. He may be worth your contacting about your old 1000d to see about an estimate. He might even be a neighbour of yours.
3. From : John Lowe (email@example.com) Url : http:// Date : 11:35 PM Thursday 19 September, 2013
Hi just a quick reminder that I am a repairer of T90s with over 20 years experience. If you need a repair, advice or need spares then please get in touch. I have repaired literally hundreds of T90s from all over the world and have plenty of spares. regards john lowe
Last Edit: Dec 17, 2013 20:12:47 GMT -5 by mickeyobe
I think you will be pleased with your 30D. That one was on my short list when I bought my 20D. Just happened to find a nice 20D at the right price first. Now over the 3K mark in exposures and going strong!
Hello, The 30d has arrived. Haven't had chance to take many pictures yet as the weather's been so miserable but I've had a good play with it. Very pleased so far, the controls fall to hand quite nicely and it seems easier to use than the 1000d. Hopefully the weather will clear up and I can get out to take some shots. Matty
Took the Canon up to Holyhead to catch some waves on the Breakwater the other day. Set it on large JPEG, used my 70-300 Sigma zoom at 300mm, bumped the ISO and shutter speed (can't remember what to, 1800 ISO and about 1200 shutter speed, I think) and got some ok pics. Not brilliant I know but not bad considering the light conditions, rapidly changing from overcast to sun and back, lots of sea spray and shot handheld in very high wind. At least everything worked as it was meant to, so I'm a happy boy.