Every year without fail in the fall, evil camera manufacturers unleash their sexy sirens on us all.
Let’s face it: We’re the biggest group of suckers there is.
Doesn’t matter if we only shoot snapshots of our kids and family or do the occasional bar mitzvah, wedding, graduation, family vacation, the World Cup, high fashion or chase ambulances and fire trucks for a living.
Inside each and every one of us that is smitten with photography, is a gear hound waiting to be let loose.
Previously, when we shot film, a new camera body came around maybe once in 5 years, so we could only get into limited trouble.
Since we’ve all evolved into higher beings who shoot with digital cameras, now we not only have eyes for cameras with bigger file sizes, higher ISO and other specifications, we are also being bombarded by new releases of software promising “Content Aware” fill or High Dynamic Range made easy.
And we can’t forget those skinny sexy output devices like the latest laptops or the iPads.
It’s enough to make Ansel Adams trade in his view camera for an iPhone.
Something most buyers of cameras don’t realize is the shutter, the part of the camera that moves the most, that takes the most wear and tear. So, it understandably has a limited life.
Higher-end models have something like 300,000 actuations before they expect problems with the shutters. Typically the prosumer models have 150,000 actuations. These specs are usually available from the manufacturer’s website.
What exactly does that mean to you the owner? Well, what do you train your camera at? Even if you’re a hobbyist and you shoot fast moving wildlife or sports and you typically hold down the shutter button indiscriminately as if you are shooting video, you’ll likely to encounter the shutter failure sooner.
Can you tell I’m itching to buy a new camera?
As luck would have it, my Canon 40D is ill. 😉
Her symptoms? She doesn’t want to take a picture even when I load a freshly charged battery.
When her shutter does trip, she turns herself off.
So it fires the shutter but immediately after that it, it turns itself off so that the image is not written to the memory card.
Strangely, when I use the battery grip BGE-2 on the body, it works.
I’ve updated the firmware on on the camera to version 1.1.1, so I’ll let you know if that works.
I should be distraught but I’m not.
Why should I be? For about $1K, I can get the latest Canon 60D, due out soon. More megapixels, HD video capture. It’s all good isn’t’ it?
Here’s the thing, a newer camera comes at a price:
- My closet is already full of chargers. Aren’t yours?
- I have a fortune invested in Compact Flash cards, this latest 60D uses SD cards
- With the video capability I’ll be eating up hard drive space more than ever.
Previously if I took bad pictures, they were single images, now I can choose 24 or even 30 frames a second of bad pictures especially if I’m bad a shooting video.
I’m happy to be learning new skills but the question that begs to be answered is:
â€œWill my wife buy this?â€
Do not watch the embedded movie if you’re a patsy.