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Why does my Canon 20D keep clicking?

fuelling the passion for camogie

Bord Gais, fuelling the passion for Camogie in Cork. Or is it the wine? I couldn’t resist taking this shot this evening!

This is the second last photo I took with my Canon 20D before the shutter started clicking continuously. The last one is a slightly blurry shot of my family and inlaws in the pictured Wine Bar on Washington Street, Cork. I had just taken the shot, decided it was time to put the camera away and get Adam out of the buggy. I put the lens cap on, and click, click, click, click..
The clicks would only stop when I took the battery out. It appears from this thread that I’m not alone. I know that in the old days, cameras would last decades and “they don’t make them like they used to”, but I never expected the Canon 20D to break down on me in just 3 years. At a guess, I’ve probably shot 75,000 pictures with it so perhaps it was about time the shutter complained.

Anyway, I’m going to ring Canon in Dublin tomorrow for a repair quote. If it’s too expensive I’ll have to look into getting a replacement camera. Hope the house insurance will pay out in that case.

Aperture ƒ/7.1
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 28mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/100s

By Donncha

Donncha Ó Caoimh is a software developer at Automattic and WordPress plugin developer. He posts photos at In Photos and can also be found on Twitter.

6 replies on “Why does my Canon 20D keep clicking?”

75,000!? Slow down man! Canon only rated shutter’s to last for less than 50,000 actuations. And do you actually have all 75k photographs still? It’s all too easy to fire off shots willy-nilly with digital isnt it. My advise, buy a camcorder 🙂

And I thought these guys were mad…

That said, I better check my Eos now too, just to be on the safe side. The shutter might have seized up, from lack of use 🙂

GG – check out my about page, the number of photos I took over the last few years is there. You can see a sharp decline in the number of shots last year, and this year will be way down too.

Life with a baby .. There are some days when I take my camera out with me and never shoot anything.

I do have all those photos, and they’re in dated folders, most with descriptions in the folder name. I do have a camcorder but I never use it. Editing movie footage takes too much time and I just don’t have the same feeling for it as I do for still photography.

75K shots for someone who isnt a pro is a hell of alot of pictures!! For the price canon will quote you for the repair, you’d probably be better off buying a new camera!

Wow yeah 75k shots is A LOT for someone who is not a professional. The pictures look great and I am having problems with my Cannon as well but a different model.

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