what to do, what to do?
My dSLR, a four-year-old Canon Rebel XT, has started to malfunction. First, it was the Err 99 in the beginning of February, but that was remedied with a different lens. A few weeks ago, it started overexposing my pictures — it’s been doing that inconsistently, but more often than not, I have to drop the EV to get a decent picture. I emailed Canon several days ago to see if they might have any quick, at-home fixes. After a brief exchange, they suggested I send the camera in for repair. I got a quick quote on their website, and it’s going to cost me about $150 (although, there is a very small chance they will exchange it for a new or refurbished camera).
I paid $400 for the camera on Boxing Day 2007, and I’m wondering if it’s worth it to get it fixed, or just let it be. There are other factors to consider. I’m quite definitely picking up a Lumix LX5 at some point (I actually bid on one on eBay last night and didn’t win), to use for daily pictures over my dSLR. And when I’m out taking pictures, I usually use film anyway. I’d also hate to not have a digital camera the two weeks it’s getting repaired (okay, I know, this is small beans). On top of all of that, I’ve always had an ambivalent relationship with the camera. I’ve never loved it, just mostly tolerated it. More often than not, I was slightly annoyed with this or that about it (or really, with images from a digital camera in general). Given all of this, I’m not sure if I should try to save my very well-used camera. I’m also wondering if I’ll replace it with another dSLR.
Hmmm. I’m not exactly sure what I’ll do yet, but I’m at least pretty sure that given the state of my Rebel XT, the Lumix LX5 will be arriving much sooner than initially expected. I hate hate hate that things are not made to last these days, or more accurately (based on The Story of Stuff), made to break. Boo. First it was my lens and now this. Oh man, lately, when it rains, it pours. I think I’ll have to figure out what to do within the next week or so.Advertisements