So my trusty ol' 40D is officially out of commission and canon's "estimate" says $330 to fix it, even though they haven't looked at what is wrong with it yet.
upon further inquiry, apparently this cost is to really just open it up and diagnose the problem, and then fix if its easy and obvious. could be more if something important needs to be replaced.
seems high, but it is what it is I guess. So I asked about the loyalty options to "trade in" the broken 40D and basically I could get a refurbed 50D for $660 under the loyalty program.
I've used both bodies, so I am pretty familiar with what upgrades I'd be getting for the $330 premium.
to me the cropability, better liveview and micro adjustments are the real sellers, but i'm not 100% sure if its worth the extra $.
if i was trading in a broken 30D i think it'd be a no brainer for these costs, but the 50D wasn't that big of a jump from the 40D.
i've been doing some serious thinking about it and honestly think that if i just get the 40D back to where it's working, its only a matter of time and something else is going to wear out.
i'm probably half way through the shutter life anyhow. the camera wouldn't turn on, so i couldn't check before i sent it in. But part of me would rather use that extra $300+ and put it towards a new lens. so i'm kind of torn.
so anyway, i'm probably just going to bite the bullet and get the refurbed 50D because i think it makes more sense in my situation, but has anybody else had the same problems/dilemma?