Do cameras need servicing ?

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  1. HMHB

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    I ask this as I've had my 350D for just about a year now and have taken 14,000 photos. I've not noticed any problems with it but wondered if it would benefit from a regular looking at.
     
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    speaking in the world of IT: don't/never mess with a running system. :D
    regards to cams, no idea but don't think so.
     
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    I've been a keen photographer for about 45 years and I've only had two cameras serviced in all that time. Both times it was because of a problem, once with a Pentax LX that developed the sticky mirror problem (if you've ever owned an LX you'll know what that is) and the other time with a Pentax MX that needed a new focussing screen. Over that time I've owned a Practica, two other Pentax, an Olympus and a Nikon F90x and an F100 and never had a problem with any of them or had any serviced.

    Despite the LX and MX having problems they are easily my favourite cameras. I can't see me ever parting with either and can still see me using them for an occaisonal treat even when film has become hard to find.

    So I think the answer to your question is no. Dunno about these new fangled digital thingies though.
     
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    A service would not be required unless you have noticed some sort of fault with it. It would be a good idea to have it serviced if you were to sell it though, as it gives a greater peace of mind to the buyer. (This does depend on how much a service costs in relation the value of the camera of course)

    I would be more inclined to buy a S/H dSLR if it had a recent service reciept.

    Thinking about it my 350D is nearly a year old now, Oh and I really must clean those little bugger dust bunnies off my sensor :mad: ;)
     
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    There's a few things you can do, yes.

    Clean your sensor when it needs it.
    Clean your viewfinder when it needs it.
    Clean the glass (front and back) of your lenses - when it needs it.
    If you use Ni-Mh batteries, it's apparantly a good idea to give them a full discharge/recharge once in a while to stop the memory effect. In normal use it's safe to top them up - Li-ions shouldn't be completely discharged.

    Apart from that - no. Just send it in when it has a problem.
     
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    No... but they go wrong and need fixing:devil: My carefully used 350D just died without warning after 2 years;)
    ( Even shortly after a techie has looked at them for another reason... Unless they are showing intermittent signs of malfunction..which can be fixed befroe it lets you down at a crucial moment,
    .... they dont need servicing;)
     
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    Chamber clean would be the main thing, as required

    The shutters are normally good for about 100,000 activations, and there's not much you can do until they fail.
     
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    The Canon 30Ds shutter life is rated at 100,000.. I don't think the 350/400 is rated as highly, However Im pretty sure there are some 10Ds in service which have done close to that and are still going strong
     
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    They (although not sure who "they" actually are!) say that an SLR should be serviced after a certain number of shutter actuations - I think that this varies by camera, and generally isn't something that you can determine easily anyway :)

    I suspect that if something is going to go wrong, it will be a problem with the shutter mechanism sometime after you've passed the threshold - something will wear out and go "k-thunk", not "click". Of course, the number of shutter actuations is only there as an average "it should last at least this long", and is very likely to last a lot longer.

    If you've exposed the camera to harsh environments (dust, moisture, drops) then I suppose that it would be worth getting it serviced somewhat more regularly...
     
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    Hehe - looks like 4pm-itis has kicked in all across the country :)
     
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    that's new/s to me. why is that? genuinely curious as i've never heard that before.
     
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    Here's the authority:

    http://www.batteryuniversity.com/parttwo-34.htm

    According to that (and wikipedia and the likes if you research it) it's the old Ni-Cd batteries that display memory effect - they're they ones you should never top up.

    Li-ions are just different :E They don't like being fully discharged. Not going to harm them, but don't try to do it too often.
     
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    thanks - learnt something new then today. :thumbsup:

    i like this one best i think:

    "If you have a spare lithium-ion battery, use one to the fullest and keep the other cool by placing it in the refrigerator. Do not freeze the battery!..."

    or even better:

    "... There are no definite answers. Batteries are like us humans. ..." :D
     
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    Here's a repost of my reply on a similar topic.

    From Thom Hogan's Complete guide to the D200...

    As stated already, Lithium Ion batteries don't usually exhibit memory effects.
    However, it's not recommended that you run the battery right down, or repeatedly top it up if it's at 90% or more capacity.

    Repeated 'topping up', will reduce overall battery capacity slightly.
    Repeated 'deep charges' tend to reduce overall battery life.

    Neither action is worth losing too much sleep over, but if you want to optimise your battery life, recharging when your battery is at 20-80% charge is recommended.
     
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    :confused:

    What does the Battery issue have to do with the servicing of Cameras : I thought that thread existed by itself

    Lets keep this one on topic , Guys
     
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    It's a pretty integral part of the camera Senu. Just as a car won't go far without its battery, a camera isn't much good without a battery. Surely we can discuss that, and its uptake/servicing here?
     
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    I think Senu thinks he's playing Just a Minute ;)

    That was a correct challenge for deviation, and Senu has 20 seconds left on the clock...on the subject of "Camera servicing" :D


    Actually, I'd agree that battery care is important, and worth mentioning in a topic relating to keeping your camera in good condition.
     
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    Well it looks like I should leave it well alone then :D
    I have never cleaned my sensor so I suppose I ought to find out how to do that and give it a clean :)
     
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    You guys crack me up:rotfl:

    Camera care is certainly topical, as is battery life care ect

    Can we talk about .....

    LCD protection screens
    Correct care of lenses
    Protective cases
    Keeping sensors clean, Avoiding extremes of temperature.. ect

    My point...
    Do Cameras need servicing the way cars do?
    Do you service your camcorders , computers?

    A second hand camera will not sell quicker on the basis of "Full service history":D
     
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    Screen protector - check! (comes with camera). Wouldn't be without one as I just know a belt buckle would scratch my screen
    Lens care - always use filters and hoods, change quickly, and have big bags of silica gel in camera bags.

    As for computer servicing, I couldn't believe the cheek of PC world trying to sell a servicing contract with my girlfriends laptop with free 'health checks' :rotfl: In my (professional) experience, every time you take the lid off a PC is an invitation for something else to go wrong. (off topic, but you should take the lid off semi-regularly to make sure all fans are spinning properly, blow dust off heatsinks, and check that no capacitors are leaking, but that's about all.)
     
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    I typically return mine to Canon towards the end of the warranty just for the free checkover, clean and pixel map. Other than that it's just when something fails.
     
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    Is this a service they offer or do you tell them there might be something wrong ?
     
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    I believe you're entitled to one free clean under the warranty. In practice my cameras, by 11 months, have grown that many hot pixels that i've returned them to have those mapped. The clean and check over seems part of the process.
     

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