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Too many train photos broke my camera

13th March 2017

On Sunday I had a bit of time for railfanning between Kingston and Ottawa, and it was a very fruitful, albeit cold day.

The first port of call was Kingston Mills.  The area was very much under construction (and the bridge closed) but due to a late running VIA train, I was able to catch 3 VIA trains in the course of about 15 minutes.  The wires on the south side were too much for me to remove in LightRoom, but the lighting from the north was quite poor (resulting in many shadows).  I decided that the shadows would be easier to deal with in post-processing than nasty wires, so I went north.

 

 

The next stop was just outside of Mallorytown.  Perfecting timing resulted in me catching a CN mixed freight going east as well as CN149 going west within 5 minutes.  The bridge on Hutchinson Road is relaxing and quiet, and offering a decent vantage point.  Bringing the score up to 5 so far.

As I was driving back I also heard the the hotbox detector a second train approaching, so near Lyn I stopped by the tracks and caught a Silver Banana and a F40PH (man, those engines look good compared to a wrapped P42) with a Canada 150 car.  And yes, the count is now up to 7.

After such good luck, I decided to push my luck and try to catch something (or anything) on the CP Winchester sub.  I heard a faint hotbox detector, but by the time I was within range to make it out, the train was already to far ahead for me to catch it.  My final score of 7 seemed quite respectable.

During all of the days events, my camera had stopped working.  Specifically the control buttons on the back (all of the exposure controls work fine).  All of the exposure buttons worked, but there was no menus or preview.  Part of my photography workflow when on location is to take a few shots before hand and check the histogram to look for clipping.  I didn’t realize how much I’d used it, till it wasn’t there.  I ended up with some overexposed shots that I would have caught with the histogram.

So, after just over 3.5 years (1343 days specifically) and 31176 exposures, the camera is died.  This was the first camera that I successfully learnt how to use full manual mode and has produced many images I have liked over those years.

I’m wondering for others out there, how long do you find that your camera bodies last for?  My previous dSLR body only lasted for about 4 years as well.

Comments

  • Steve Boyko
    Posted at 10:17 pm 2017-03-13
    Steve Boyko
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    My SLR – not “D” but a film camera – lasted 10 years, but it probably didn’t have nearly as many shutter actuations as a DSLR would have had.

    My DSLR – Canon T1i – has lasted since June 2010 with maybe 50,000 photos taken.

    Great photos – but I’m sad about your camera. 🙁

    • DaveM
      Posted at 11:29 pm 2017-03-13
      DaveM
      Reply Author

      Hi Steve,

      Glad to hear your dSLR has held up well. I wonder if the Canon builds are more rugged and reliable than the Nikon ones.

      Yes, I’m a bit sad about the loss of the camera, but also kinda happy about the possibility of a new camera. 🙂

      DaveM

  • _Don
    Posted at 12:23 pm 2017-03-14
    _Don
    Reply Author

    My Nikon D700 is now almost 10 years old and probably around 40k actuations. I shoot soccer and hockey individual and team photos, so the shutter gets quite a workout. But its still chugging along fine. (Admittedly, I don’t use it as much now that I’ve switched to Fuji)

    • DaveM
      Posted at 5:39 pm 2017-03-14
      DaveM
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      @_Don, how are you liking the Fuji?

      DaveM

      • _Don
        Posted at 12:48 pm 2017-03-15
        _Don
        Reply Author

        Love it! I’m pretty much all Fuji; I only use the Nikon for the aforementioned photoshoots, because the guy I work for isn’t into new-fangled systems. The system is small, light and makes great images. I have the X-T1 as the “big” camera and the X100T for carrying around, day-to-day stuff. I also have the X-Pro1, which is also a nice camera, but I don’t use it as much these days. I’ll probably sell it soon.

        Check out my website/blog (my1k.ca) – its all Fuji photos.

  • _Don
    Posted at 12:36 pm 2017-03-16
    _Don
    Reply Author

    (sending again, because I’m not sure if I sent the post or it awaiting validation)

    Loving the Fuji. Its smaller and lighter and makes great images. I have a few of them – the XT-1, which has the SLR form factor, is for photoshoots or planned outings. The X-T1 and two lenses weighs less than my D700 body alone! The X100T is my everyday carry around camera. It’s small but versatile and fits in my coat pocket. I also have an X-Pro1 that doesn’t get much attention these days. I will probably sell it in the spring/summer. Check out my website/blog for sample shots. I think most of the blog is Fuji. The gallery is a mix.