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Apr 21, 2008 15:12 |  #1

Hope that everyone is having a great day~ we folks here in my neck of the woods got freezing rain this am, so now it's warming up and finally melting away some ice.

But I have this one burning question for anyone of you that can help me with it- here it goes

I just rec'd my Canon 20D today that I purchased from here, and I knew that when they shipped it that it was missing the battery compartment door(they used a grip with it - do you have to take the cover off when using the grip - I don't know anything about the grip) so today when I wanted to make sure that the camera worked, like I pretty much new that it would, the camera wouldn't power up - both batteries are fully charged and then it registered that maybe a person DOES need the battery door on the camera, because it looks like there is a little button that needs to be depressed in order for the camera to work, can anyone relate to this? I tried holding this little button down with the tip of a mechanical pencil and then the camera takes wonderful pictures. The party that I bought this camera from had to order a new battery cover and when they get the part they will mail to me, but what do I do in the meantime while waiting for the door to arrive - any ideas or thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks and I hope to hear from you soon. I have to mail off my XT tomorrow to the person that bought that from me.

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Apr 21, 2008 15:19 |  #2

There should be a little white clip that holds the battery in place - make sure the battery clicks into place and locks. You should be able to flip the "on" switch from there and start using it. I've used my 20D and my 5D briefly without the battery door attached, and they work fine. I normally use a battery grip anyway, but they did work nonetheless. But just make sure you slide the battery past the white clip and click it into place, so the battery doesn't fall out.




  
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Apr 21, 2008 15:21 |  #3

The only other way you can get around this Melissa is, an AC adapter. It will work without the door. I think you're just gonn-a have to wait for the batter door! Bummer!!:confused: X


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Apr 21, 2008 15:23 |  #4

Yes, you do need the battery door in order to be able to turn the camera on. There's a micro-switch which closing the door will also close. If you can rig something to depress the switch, you should be able to get it going long enough to test it. It's possible the previous owner stored the door in the space provided (in the grip) and forgot it was there.


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Apr 21, 2008 15:26 |  #5

Whatever the solution you come up with, make sure you don't break that switch (button). Have any idea when you might get the door? It's approx a $15 part. Do you think you can get it quicker from Canon or a local authorized repair facility might have one handy for you?


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Apr 21, 2008 15:35 |  #6

Thanks for you ideas, but the person I bought this from sold his battery grip without realizing that the battery cover door was there, so he had to order one and once he recieves the cover he will mail to me, but until then, I don't know what to do. I live in very rural ND and there in nowhere and I mean NOWHERE that I can find one of these. Although I do know someone that might have one, I will have to try.


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Apr 21, 2008 16:00 |  #7

two words...Duct Tape...:)

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Apr 21, 2008 16:10 |  #8

Just wait it out (or get a replacement locally), no point faffing about with the micro switch (which might be easily broken) if you have the door coming to you as soon as the seller receives it. That said I know how hard twiddling thumbs can be, but anxiety is probably easier to deal with than a canon repair bill =)




  
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Apr 21, 2008 17:45 |  #9

I'm sure that it is possible to figure a temporary way of holding the battery door switch in. A small piece of palstic carefully placed in the switch recess and held in place with something like Blue Tac (if you've heard about that stuff)? Be careful not to poke anything to far into the recess,
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Apr 21, 2008 17:49 |  #10

Would have been nice if the seller had arranged to ship the door directly to you from where he's getting it from.....


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Apr 21, 2008 17:53 |  #11

i heard the 20D is better than the mark III image quality wise, you should hang onto that camera.




  
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Apr 21, 2008 17:59 |  #12

Dan Lorth wrote in post #5376278 (external link)
i heard the 20D is better than the mark III image quality wise, you should hang onto that camera.

Not sure where you got that info, am I missing something? Are you stating that I should indeed hang onto the Canon 20D or the XT that I just sold?

Please help me understand


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Apr 21, 2008 18:23 |  #13

haha no its just a joke about another thread on this message board. the 20D is a great camera, better in my opinion than the XT. congratulations.




  
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Apr 21, 2008 18:50 |  #14

Thanks everyone.

Now with the Canon 20D I have lots and lots and lots to learn, but so wanting too, just hope I have enough patience, which is very thin at the moment, with three young daughters (6,4 and 2) there are days like today that I am so ready to walk outside or just go somewhere and HIDE!!!!! CALGON PLEASE take ME AWAY!!!!!!!! Wish it were that easy though.

Thanks again.


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Apr 21, 2008 18:56 as a reply to  @ Melissa in ND's post |  #15

You could ask whoever you bought it from if the door is still sitting on the grip. Most of the 20D users I know, myself included, just took the door off and clipped it to the battery grip in the space it fits in.

Every time one of them says that they lost it, I tell them to look at their grip and then they have a "doh!" moment.

My opinion, I know you want to play with your new gear but I'd just wait until you have the part so you don't do anything to break it.




  
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