Death of a 20D

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Ryadia, Nov 26, 2004.

  1. Ryadia

    Ryadia Guest

    Talk about pissed off?
    I just bought a few grand's worth of lenses for my 20D.
    I paid for them by selling the remaining EOS film cameras I had. Almost on
    queue, the 20D decided to act up. Focus all over the place, switching off
    for no reason. Then, just minutes after all the stores closed for the
    weekend, it just died! DEAD as a DODO the first time I used the inbuilt
    flash. Bugger. Now I don't have the cash to buy another body while I wait on
    Canon fixing/replacing it. Bugger, bugger, bugger! Why me?
    Ryadia, Nov 26, 2004
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    TP Guest

    You never heard of rental?
    TP, Nov 26, 2004
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  3. Ryadia

    Alan Browne Guest


    How long have you had the 20D? If you just bought it, return it for replacement
    if you can, not repair. The lemon factor dominates and you might get back a
    fully working 20D that lasts a month before it enter lemon state again.

    Finally, don't panic. Remove the battery, the flash card, lenses and flash, and
    pretend the camera is fresh out of the box and start with one thing at a time
    (attach simple lens, insert battery and flash) and check it out... might be
    something silly and ordinary. Check all contacts for cleanliness.

    As to your weekend, maybe you can borrow or rent something?

    Good luck.

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    Alan Browne, Nov 26, 2004
  4. Ryadia

    Ryadia Guest

    Thanks Alan...
    I actually have 2 of these cameras. The newest is in the Canon repair centre
    with a small adjustment to it's back focus getting done. No big deal, most
    SLRs have these issues from new and you don't actually know unless you make
    some tests. OK so the original one, 7 weeks and 3000 or so shots old is the
    one that died. It really is totally dead, won't power up at all under any

    Dead, gone to heaven (or hell) as the case may be. I also have - wait for it
    ..... A SIGMA SD9!!!!. This is the final frontier of seeing how far my
    tollerance will last. I bought a heap - as in pile of bucks worth - of Canon
    lenses over the past few weeks and I had to shoot a function with the SD???

    Australia is a day in front of you my mate. As I write I am going through
    the day shoot (Saturday) and wondering why I bothered to buy Canon. The
    Sigma's pics are quite good. There's a couple I shouldn't have taken but I
    forgot it's quaint little quirks. Haven't used it for a most of the year. Oh
    well. Im about to dig up the family silver and go the 1Ds route. The 20D is
    not all that much better than the 10D was. I've got an offer to use the cost
    of the newest 20D as part payment for 1Ds... I'll take it I think. Keep the
    repaired 20D as a backup.

    Ryadia, Nov 27, 2004
  5. Ryadia

    Alan Browne Guest

    Well, about 14 hours, anyway.
    The Sigma SD9/10 are not as bad as we like to harp, and Sigma really screwed up
    by offering it in a proprietary mount. Had they offered it in Canon, Nikon,
    Minolta, Pentax, Olympus,... mounts, they would have really cleaned out a slice
    of the market (esp. Minolta and Olympus).

    Have fun with the 1Ds.


    -- r.p.e.35mm user resource:
    -- r.p.d.slr-systems:
    -- [SI] gallery:
    -- [SI] rulz:
    -- e-meil: there's no such thing as a FreeLunch.
    Alan Browne, Nov 27, 2004
  6. No, they would still have sucked because of their oddball technology
    resulting in strange colors.
    Randall Ainsworth, Nov 27, 2004
  7. Ryadia

    Ryadia Guest

    Do you actually own a SD9/10 Randall?
    If you did you'd know it is only under (easiely repeatable) conditions the
    sensor is likely to behave oddly. As for strange colours? Not from mine.

    Ryadia, Nov 27, 2004
  8. I own a 10D, but have seen enough of Sigma's products through the years
    - and seen enough of thier digital images to know of which I speak.
    It's oddball technology in an overpriced body.
    Randall Ainsworth, Nov 27, 2004
  9. Ryadia

    Ryadia Guest

    How can I argue the merits of a camera I made a living with in 2003 when you
    have profound wisdom on the subject and know more about it than me? I sold
    my 10D and kept the Sigma. I don't regret that decission.
    Ryadia, Nov 28, 2004
  10. I don't have to own a pile of shit to know it's not something I want.
    If you sold a 10D for a Sigma, you took a giant step backwards.
    Randall Ainsworth, Nov 28, 2004
  11. Ryadia

    Alan Browne Guest

    Most images I've seen from the SD9 have had perfectly acceptable colors. The
    only odd thing I've seen on SD9 images is strange aliasing in diagonal objects
    .... and that only at full res on screen. Having said that it's not a camera I
    would buy. I was only pointing out that Sigma really blew it by making it in a
    proprietary mount.

    -- r.p.e.35mm user resource:
    -- r.p.d.slr-systems:
    -- [SI] gallery:
    -- [SI] rulz:
    -- e-meil: there's no such thing as a FreeLunch.
    Alan Browne, Nov 28, 2004
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