Rubi Jane wrote in post #12317227
So my old trusty back-up 20D gave up the goat last weekend. It's occasionally used by a photography student that shoots events with me. She came to me mid-race saying she'd tried everything but the camera kept continuously firing. She grabbed another body out of the kit and went back to finish the race.
I've removed all batteries, the grip, the clock battery, tried different lenses, but as soon as the camera is turned on it starts to fire. Shutter release button doesn't appear to be stuck as the button springs back.
I was thinking it wasn't worth fixing and was going to pick up a 7D but decided to call Canon Canada. Flat rate fix on a 20D is $199, $159.20 with my CPS discount. For that small price I'll do the fix. The model still puts out great images (lenses can take credit for that) and it's a shame to ditch it. I'm also hoping to hand it to my 6 year old son in a couple of years.
Your experience exactly matches mine at a belly dance show in 2005, where my 20D died on me in the same way. It was this show that taught me always have a backup body! I spent 20 minutes trying to "resurrect" my poor baby, going through all the stages of grief, before I had to force myself to call a friend to drive across the SF Bay Area to bring me the 10D I didn't bring to the show ... and ugh that 10D was slow!
Because I needed to have my 20D working, I had to buy another one immediately, while the one that died went out for repair. So, now I have a pair of 20D's, and generally stick with the pair plan. I had (2) 1D Mark III's, but one has gotten seriously damaged; my main work horses are a pair of 7D's.
But the 20D is special, I think I'll keep those cameras for a long time, and 8.2MP is still useful. Having extra bodies like the 20D amidst other cameras allows some time-saving fun in the studio ... already having the Lens Baby on a 20D, or having a camera pre-set for black-and-white mode ... just pick up the camera and go.