So I borrowed my mother in laws XTi, to see if the ones I have been seeing on craigslist was an upgrade, despite being discontinued it was a really good camera when it was purchased. The same amount of MP's, but the frame rate was much higher then my XS plus it had a few more features then mine. This was several weeks ago, been too ashamed and depressed about it to post earlier.
So I took it for a test drive, set it up on a very sturdy tripod, with my 150-500. Didn't realize part of my jacket got caught in the tripod, I turned around to grab something from my car, and the whole thing came with me. It hit the pavement, camera first, then my lens. It would probably still be working had it fell onto grass, damaged for sure but, still functional... I guess I'll never know for sure. I sat with my head in my hands for a while.
I like to think I treat other peoples belongings even better then my own. So even though my lens is worth more, I almost rather my lens took the fall.
I ended up getting a replacement. It is discontinued, so I couldn't get a new one, nor would she let me. So I scoured craigslist looking for mint condition ones, had to turn down many, scuffs scratches etc. Till I found the most anal person on the planet, his 10 year old car looked like it rolled off the showroom floor. The lens he used to show me the camera worked, came out of bubble wrap, and NO, this was not him putting on a show. This guy probably irons his socks, and measures out his dental floss. He gave me a discount after I showed him why I was getting an xti rather then other cameras on craigslist.
Despite the camera taking the fall, my lens took some secondary damage. I sheared off the switches for autofocus and OS. So my lens is now stuck in manual focus, and is stuck with OS turned on, but at least it is still mostly functional. At least the OS is stuck on rather then stuck off ( hey I gotta look for a shining light somewhere!)
The camera is pretty boned, I haven't even taken it for an estimate. Xti's aren't very expensive, and I'm pretty sure the cost of fixing it would be more then getting a brand new body.
The Sigma repair center is accross the country return shipping would brobly be $75 ? plus a BS $50 fee for buying it from the states, since it is a third party repair facility, and not actually Sigmas. Sigma you really need to get on that! Even if it wasn't dropped and still under full warranty there is the $50 fee what a crock.... anyways. Probably best to just buy a new one, when and if I can afford it. For now I'm going to continue to manually focus, I've actually gotten used to it tracking insects (I could never keep the dot on an insect)
The top of the circuit board controls the autofocus and the bottom is the OS switch, or where it used to be.
And yes I am shamelessly and blatently whoring myself out for pity and sympathy.