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Old Mar 24, 2011, 10:29 AM   #1
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My 50D shutter release button no longer functioning 100% of the time.
I wonder if my shutter button is wearing out and if that is something that can be repaired.

I have had the 50D for over two years now and taken a LOT of photos. I’ve had many weekend where I have taken over ten thousand shot each (soccer, basketball, swimming, motocross events etc…)

But for a while now and it seems to be getting worse, sometimes I press the shutter button and nothing happens. I have to push it multiple times and try different angles of pressure and then it will fire.

Last night at a track meet I kept pushing the button and by the time I got it to fire the runner was already past.

Is this a problem that others have had and if so does anyone know how to get this fixed and about how much it would cost?

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Old Mar 30, 2011, 8:01 AM   #2
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Call Canon service directly for info. In the days of mechanical shutter release cameras it would be a relatively low cost fix. Not so anymore. It's not just a button, but a flexible circuit board as well, so it's not going to be outrageous, but not cheap either. My guess is in the $150 - $200 range.
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Thanks for the reply shadokachr. I'll have to give them a call.
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Last night at a track meet I kept pushing the button and by the time I got it to fire the runner was already past.
Sometime when I heard night and action I was left to wonder...
What focus mode have you left your camera on?

-> in single-shot AF the camera will not release when you press the shutter until it has lock AF on something (i.e. focus priority)
You want to set your camera on servo AF which is shutter release priority and will fire no matter what even when the subject is not in focus!
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Old Mar 30, 2011, 2:31 PM   #5
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If that actuation count is true you have probably also worn out the shutter mechanism in the camera.
The 50D was rated for a shutter life expectancy of ~ 100,000 cycles.

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I have had the 50D for over two years now and taken a LOT of photos. I’ve had many weekend where I have taken over ten thousand shot each (soccer, basketball, swimming, motocross events etc…)
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yea, sounds like the shutter button problem i had on my 20d. they can fix it for a couple hundred bucks.

if you had any inkling of upgrading to a 7d soon, this could be a good time to make use of the canon loyalty program since you have so many shots in your 50d.
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NHL - Sorry when I said last night it was actaully late afternoon and the lighting was fine much better than indoor basketball.

Peter - I agree it is probably used up.

Hards80 - You read my mind. I have been longing for the 7D and expecting an IRS refund soon so it may be a good time to upgrade.

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Well I just downloaded EOSInfo to check the shutter count. I am not sure how accurate it is but it claims I have a shutter count of 143842.

I am thinking I should get this thing repaired and keep it as a nice backup when I make the jump to 7D.

I am not sure how much longer this one will hang on.
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Perhaps the contacts are no longer clean (dirt got inside) and they need cleaning. An expensive shutter replacement is only needed for a dead shutter that will not fire at all. Since you are out of warranty try a local repairman which can open the camera and clean it for a low amount before getting the shutter replaced.
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Perhaps the contacts are no longer clean (dirt got inside) and they need cleaning. An expensive shutter replacement is only needed for a dead shutter that will not fire at all. Since you are out of warranty try a local repairman which can open the camera and clean it for a low amount before getting the shutter replaced.

Good idea. It is certainly not dead yet, as I shot several thousand shots of Sunday at the motocross races in Sanford. It is frustrating at times when it will not fire but it seems to be only 10 percent of the time or so.

I had to clean the outside myself as camera, lens, and I was soaked in mud right after halftime when the track had been watered. Befroe that I was eating dust for a few hours.

I will see if I can find a local shop I can trust.

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