IP Roundtable (EP-231)

Article of the Week:  How Long Does a DSLR Last?  Rusty Parkhurst

  • LCD Screen
    • Get a screen protector
  • Shutter burn out
    • Usually much higher than rating
    • Cost is often $250
  • Interview with camera repair tech John Rydman of Idaho Camera
    • Most common repairs
      • Impact
        • LCD, strip out gear boxes, anything glass
      • Sand
        • One grain of sand in the right place and the camera is dead.  Motor pinion gear kills it.
        • Gotta take the whole thing apart to get all the sand out.  Sticks to lubricants, and then once done re-lube
      • Water
        • Similar to sand damage–gotta take it all the way apart
        • Best thing to do is take the battery out immediately to slow corrosion.  Freeze it solid or dry it out.
          • Freezing the camera is better than heating it.  Heat corrodes.
          • What to do if a camera gets wet
            • Battery out immediately
            • Put in bag
            • Put in freezer for a week depending on how bad it is.  Point and shoot can go in rice.
            • Put in plastic bag
            • Leave out on counter to thaw
            • Freeze drying is not always convenient, but it’s the surest way to stop corrosion.
        • Hair dryer is good, but corrodes.
    • What cameras are best for repairs?
      • Pentax K series has a real problem with aperture control units.
      • Nikon has an SQ unit.  Interface between mechanics and electronics that tells the brains of the camera the mechanics are in.
      • Availability of parts
        • Nikon parts are sourced from a distributor rather than Nikon itself.  Parts more expensive.
        • Fuji will not sell any parts—even to distributors.
        • Canon is great with getting parts.  
        • Pentax is great with parts.  
        • Sony doesn’t sell parts—only through distributors and they are CRAZY expensive and takes a long time to get them.
    • Ways to avoid common repairs
      • Use of memory cards is easy to break.  Damaging pins is easy to do.  CF as well as SD.  If there’s a piece in there—leave it!  Don’t try to get it out yourself.  Dig in there to get out the piece and I have to do tons of repair.
      • Use a camera strap
      • Battery doors not as big of a problem as they used to be.
      • Lens hoods
      • Protect from water
      • Stuff rattling around bag
        • Lenses scratched
        • Impact on cameras


  • Improve Photography Plus
    • New real estate photography course

News Desk:



    • 26.2 megapixel
    • Dual pixel AF. 45 points all cross type
      • Major improvement over original 6D’s 11
    • Continuous shooting: 6.5 fps
      • Original 6D had 4.5 frames per second
    • Maximum ISO sensitivity: 40000 (extended ISO: 102400)
      • Higher max native ISO, same interpolated.
    • Video: Full HD, 5 axis electronic image stabilization
      • How long will Canon cling to 1080p?
    • 3” touch LCD
    • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS
    • Size: 144.0 x 110.5 x 74.8 mm
      • Almost identical to original 6D.  3mm deeper is all.
    • Weight: 765 g
      • 10 grams heavier than original 6D
  • Reasons Jeff is NOT getting a 6D2
    • Jeff should be the ideal market for this camera.  Been using crop sensor models for several years, have built up my lens collection to include EF mount glass across all of the major focal lengths.  This 100% should be the camera for me.
    • Here is why I am not getting one
      • I need to show a little profit every year with taxes, which means my gear investments have to be on the smaller side with the little paid work I do
      • Still, now that I do have the lenses I need (though I want to replace my Tamron 24-70 with the G2 version) I could probably work in buying a 6D2 in 2018 but I don’t think I will
      • I do not feel limited by the 7D2 I already own.  It is a very versatile camera that lets me dabble in any type of photography I want.  
      • There are some things I think I would like:
        • 6 more megapixels
        • Better ISO performance, though I don’t feel like I am suffering significantly with straight up noise on 7D2, it is the dynamic range at high ISO that I would enjoy
        • WiFi would be awesome, the WiFi add on card for 7D2 is complete garbage
        • Full articulating screen
        • Dynamic Range?
      • Things that are not there:
        • Single SD slot
        • 6fps not enough for me, 10fps required
        • No 4K


  • rGPS – Down to one last bug, and then submitting to Apple.
  • Call in feedback to hotline: 6D II a buy?  Had a camera repaired?
  • Improvements to podcasts
    • Start getting all podcasts on one feed
    • Better prep
    • Fewer ads
    • More interviews from experts on specific topics
    • Facebook groups combined to one to avoid duplicate posts and fragmented conversation


Doodads of the Week!

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  1. I, for one, will be ordering the 6D Mk II. But, I will be upgrading from a T4i. If I had a “more professional” camera, such as Jeff’s 7D Mk II, or even an 80D, I would have to think long and hard about whether the 6Dii was worth it.

    As it was, I had to think long and hard about waiting for the 6Dii or getting an X-T2 system. The X-T2 specs are superior in just about every way. It came down to the Fuji raw files. I know Jim’s opinion on it, but with the .RAF files available online, I found it almost impossible to get results I was happy with using Lightroom. While I could have maybe gotten better results using a different raw processor, I’m not yet ready to make that move.

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