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    A Eulogy: After Fifteen years and three months...

    ... And somewhere north of 150,000- not a typo- shutter actuations, my trusty Canon Rebel XT may have finally given up the ghost.



    I bought this thing new, from B&H Photo, in May of 2005, and it cost me right around $1,000. The total order, including two 2GB cards (the biggest I could afford at the time ) an extra factory battery, I think a polarizing filter, and a hard "wallet" for storing extra cards, was about $1,200.

    One of the batteries was lost years ago, but I'm still using the other original, fifteen-year-old battery. And it still lasts a week or more of hard use between charges. I'm still using those original SanDisk "Extreme" cards, which have never failed to store an image.

    Overall, one of the best purchases I've ever made. I more than got my money's worth out of it.

    Today, while I was trying to shoot some pics of working on the turret lathe, it suddenly started... I guess "not fully clicking". The shutter, under normal conditions, has a "snik-zeet" sort of sound to it, and all of a sudden all I'd get is the 'snik' and then it'd flash that ERR 99 message.

    According to the internet, that's sort of a 'general error' code, but apparently most often something to do with the lens or the shutter. I'll play with it a bit this evening and see if maybe I can't coax a bit more life out of it.

    But really, almost two years ago, I was starting to worry- Canon warranted the XT shutter for 50K actuations, and I was, at the time, well past twice that. And I use this thing a LOT- I'd guess that at this point, some three quarters of the photos on my site came out of this camera. Just the average machine rebuild has some 200 photos- and that's usually a distillation of ten times that many taken.

    Anyway, in preparation for the inevitable demise, and also to have the high-quality video capability, back in late '18 I picked up a lightly-used Rebel T5i. Something like five or six generations newer, 18-some-odd MP as opposed to the old one's 8, has video, etc.

    If I can't revive the XT, I'll be moving full-time to that. I'll have to be a little more proactive on card-dumping though. The old 2GB CF cards would hold somewhere around 500 images. I'd frequently 'run out' in the middle of something, and be forced to go dump the card.

    This one came with a 128GB SD, and in the two years I've used it, I've put something like 2,500 shots on it and some video, and the "frames remaining" counter still shows 999.

    Anyway, if Old Faithful, which if you count the times I loaned it out, has been to ten different states including Hawaii and once through Canada, has indeed run down the curtain and joined the Choir Invisible, I'll have to find a nice place of honor for it, maybe a little plaque. That's actually incredible service for modern technology these days.

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    Sad day when a trusty piece of equipment finally clocks out.

    Sometime last year I had to replace an old Jansport backpack that I had been using since 2002. It wasn't anything special, just the most generic two-pocket backpack that you can find. It was part of my life for 17 years. I am 35, it was something that I used every day for half my life. I know it's just a stupid backpack, but it was my trusty companion.

    Your camera is much more than my backpack, but I can emphasize the loss of familiar equipment.
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      #3
      Man, I was just thinking about how much longer my 5Dmk2 is gonna last. Last I checked I was around 80K actuations, still runs like a champ though other than a cracked screen from a dumb PA dropping my camera bag onto concrete. IDK what I'll do when it finally dies. Mirrorless is calling my name but the Caon offerings aren't that great, and don't really want to go the adapter route on a SOny.

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        #4
        It’s going to be a sad day when my truck dies. I’ve had it for 12 years now & it’s basically become a part of me. It’s been one of the few never-changing constants in my life. It’s got (in theory) a ton of life left but it will be sad when I finally have to move on. Hopefully I get another 10 years out of it, because I plan on running it into the ground.
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          #5
          Originally posted by fullofpaint View Post
          Man, I was just thinking about how much longer my 5Dmk2 is gonna last. Last I checked I was around 80K actuations, still runs like a champ though other than a cracked screen from a dumb PA dropping my camera bag onto concrete.

          -The 5D shutter is warranted to 100K actuations. The old 1D stuff was warranted to 100K as well, though I think the newer high-ends are now warranted to like 150K (not 100% sure, but rumor has it.) Personally, I'd be surprised if you don't get 150K at least of a relatively recent 5D. Keep in mind this XT was something like five years older, and a cheap "consumer" grade, as opposed to the more "prosumer" 5D.

          Shoot it, use it, don't worry about it.

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            #6
            Originally posted by DocsMachine View Post
            Shoot it, use it, don't worry about it.
            haha, oh that's actually supposed to be 180K. It was my workhorse all through college and first few years of freelancing. Still runs like a charm, mostly just amazed it really hasn't had any issues with everything I've put it through.

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              #7
              Did you see if Canon would service it?

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                #8
                Originally posted by SignOfZeta View Post
                Did you see if Canon would service it?
                -Haven't had time. Not sure I want to incur the cost, either, as I could see it easily being a $300 repair. (I've had Canons fixed before. )

                I can get a lightly-used XT off eBay for less than fifty bucks if I wanted another. And as I said, I have a newer T5i that I bought specifically to replace it, so barring the proverbial wild hare, I suspect that I'll retire this one to a display piece. It's served me admirably, and deserves a rest.

                Doc.
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                  #9
                  I bought my Nikon D80 around the same time (give or take a year) you picked up your Rebel. It has held up really well for me and my needs. Though it sounds like you've taken 10 times the shots I have over that time.

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                    #10
                    Thank it for its service, put a bullet in it, and move on.

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                      #11
                      The answer is clearly to strip it out, add a short barrel and figure out how to make it shoot paint at unsuspecting players.

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                        #12
                        Reminds me of my 20D, it still has the magnesium body ... heavy as hell and also 8MP ...
                        It has not seen much used the last few years (life have been kicking my ass teh last few years).

                        I have an old camera collection (~50 here and same back in France), It would definitely have a spot on such a shelf
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                          #13
                          if looking for upgrade got 80D or new canon mirrorless body's not sure on which mirrorless body but 80D or 90D is next step up for camera.

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                            #14
                            I just checked the metadata from the most recent shot from by D3200 (because its not "pro" this can't be viewable on the camera anywhere yet it logs it internally) and it says 26,162. You take a lot of pictures, man! This was a new body in 2012 and during that time I had a kid and went to a ton of races. When it dies I plan to...find the closet thing to it and go right back to shooting. I've grown very used to this tool and I don't want to change anything.

                            Mirrorless...the point/appeal is totally lost on me. Whats it for again? So people who learned to take pictures on a phone can feel more comfortable? I've had people borrow my camera and insist on using it in Live View mode and holding the thing two feet away from them...and then try to zoom with buttons...is it for those people? I see the base camera can be small but the ones I was looking at needed flash added on to them even so by the time you have the capabilities of cheap SLR+kit lens you have something the same size or larger...so I don't get it. I can't bleeping stand touch screens though and I vastly prefer a view finder. If I were into video I can totally see the appeal since from my experience SLRs are only good for video if you shoot like a pro cinematographer (blocking, lighting etc) and totally stink at any sort of challenge related to motion or crazy lighting, things that phones and such are totally geared toward (Girls Gone Wild, etc). If I were a journalist getting stuff thrown at me all day maybe I'd be interested in mirrorless.

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                              #15
                              it will be cheaper to buy one then fix it. since Amazon $60 dollars not worth time to canon and your better off get 70D since have then lenses. and better option for wifi and new stuff for low lighting

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