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I have had a Canon EOS 10D DSLR for over 3 years and taken several tens of thousands of photos.
I am concerned that the camera is over exposing so am using it at minus 1 to minus 1 2/3 stops.
Can anyone recommend the best way to have the camera serviced, and the likely cost? Is it best to return it to Canon as I have heard some horror stories about delays or just use the local camera shop?
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A bit of lateral thinking here - would this not be a good opportunity (funds permitting) to upgrade to a new DSLR rather than spending what will probably be quite a bit of cash on one which has already been superseded, twice over?
Just a thought.
Following on from CB:
Build up your funds until you have sufficient to make an upgrade.
Continue to use your existing camera until it is inconsistent in exposure, adjusting as you say.
Hopefully by the time the camera becomes too variable to use, you will be in a position to buy a much later, or newer, model.
Plus bet you could get a surprising amount for it on ebay, even after stating the fault.
Sounds like the the repair is likely not to be cheap, and even if repaired at 3 years other things are likely ready to fail. Do the math.
Cost of a new camera
- Repair cost of existing camera
- Sale price of existing camera on Ebay
New Canon £400
- Repair lets guess £100
- Sale on ebay lets guess £90
Both figures are conservative
Have a look on the web for a company called fixation. They are a Canon and Nikon service centre. They quote reasonable prices for repairs, so are probably a good port of call. I think from what you have said that your camera would probably be repaired for under £100.
You might be surprised at what you would get for you camera on ebay. Digital equipment has such a low resale value it is often not worth selling, particularly when it has been superseeded twice.
I have a D100 in need of a repair. Once funds allow it's going to fixation. When I can afford a D200 the D100 will then be converted to an IR body. While the resale value of the body is very low, it is worth more to me as a tool than the few pounds it would fetch. Despite its problem, it still takes as good a picture as it did when new.
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