Canon 40D Fix? or break?

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Canon 40D Fix? or break?
Sep 17, 2012

I have a 40D that I've owned for several years and taken a good many pictures with it.

In recent months it's become my backup camera (to the 5D3) and I've primarily used it for time-lapses since I wouldn't otherwise be using it.

In the midst of one of these time-lapses, the mirror mechanism decided it had enough and stopped working. The mirror won't lift completely out of the frame leaving me with only a sliver of a picture.

As I see it, I have two main options, send it off to be repaired (which will cost a lot being long out of warranty and for something so major), or I can attempt to remove the mirror mechanism and just use manual focus with live view to compose time-lapses.

So what are y'all's thoughts and opinions?

and if I should remove it, what's the best way of going about that? and will it mess up something else?

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