50D Shutter Button

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AusPhil
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50D Shutter Button
Apr 1, 2012

Looks like my 50D's shutter button is becoming intermittent.

Bought it in October 2008 & has only taken 4700 shots & is very well kept.

Anyone here sent theirs to Canon Service in Australia for this to be repaired?

Any ideas on what they charge? Tried asking specifically over the phone about "Just replacement of the shutter button", but couldn't get past the You must send it in for evaluation answer. $50.00 for that.

Also what's the rated life of this component? Under 5000 is pretty ordinary.

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sparkey2
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In reply to AusPhil, Apr 1, 2012

Don't know what the expected shutter count is (1000000 + I thought) but mine has turned over 4 times now so that's 40000 +and I've not seen any sign of of an issue. For what ever it's worth I like plenty of other photographers use back button focusing.

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In reply to AusPhil, Apr 1, 2012

My 50D is sitting at around 156000 clicks on the shutter and I have had no issues with the button. I find though, that my 30D didn't like sitting unused and the shutter button on that is playing up. My guess is it might be some sort of oxidation on the contacts from lack of use. I could be wrong though. I have no idea of the repair cost.

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In reply to AusPhil, Apr 2, 2012

I did have an issue with the shutter operating circuit at about 27K. Canon replaced the electronic switching mechanism, and it's fine. Me and my 50D are in New Jersey, not Oz, but dunno why that should make a difference. I described the problem to the counter agent, and he dutifully wrote down my verbiage, and the tech was able to correct the problem. I think it's a rare problem, as I haven't seen much traffic about it.

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Don

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jerry1
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In reply to AusPhil, Apr 2, 2012

Seems like I have read threads about replacing your own shutter button and it wasn't too hard to do. Not really sure but you might do a search on that. Might also check youtube as there might be a video tutorial on how to do it as well.

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In reply to AusPhil, Apr 2, 2012

Yes it is very easy to do. Here is a video.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAWGScQeC5g

It looks harder than it actually is. I ordered a replacement button from Canon (I believe around $8.00 - been a long time ago) and replaced the copper "leafs" inside the old button with the new ones. That meant I didn't have to solder anything in place. I'm not an electronics repairman, just poor with a broken camera. My camera is a 30d (which I still use to this day).

Edit - found the thread..
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/readflat.asp?forum=1019&message=35478586

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bamaflash
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In reply to bamaflash, Apr 2, 2012

And here is the step by step procedures from Doug Kerr.
http://dougkerr.net/pumpkin/articles/20D_Shutter_Release.pdf

Thank you Doug.

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I cleaned the shutter button with 99% alcohol
In reply to AusPhil, Apr 2, 2012

I had the same problem. I cleaned the shutter button myself with 99% isopropyl alcohol:

1. Fix the camera upside down solidly at an angle so the shutter button is the lowest part of the camera.
2. Remove battery.

3. Use medical syringe to pour slowly 10ml of alcohol to the bottom of the battery compartment.
4. Press the shutter button several times while alcohol leaks thru the button.
5. Repeat as many times as you feel. 4-5 times should be enough.

4. Let the camera dry overnight to make sure no alkohol leaks to other parts of camera like the sensor.

I did this over 6 moths ago and still it works fine.

AusPhil wrote:

Looks like my 50D's shutter button is becoming intermittent.

Bought it in October 2008 & has only taken 4700 shots & is very well kept.

Anyone here sent theirs to Canon Service in Australia for this to be repaired?

Any ideas on what they charge? Tried asking specifically over the phone about "Just replacement of the shutter button", but couldn't get past the You must send it in for evaluation answer. $50.00 for that.

Also what's the rated life of this component? Under 5000 is pretty ordinary.

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Phil
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Re: I cleaned the shutter button with 99% alcohol
In reply to MichelBB, 7 months ago

I had the same issue with my 10D.  This is how I fixed it:

1. poured a bit of isopropyl alcohol in a wide container
2. after removed the battery/lens/strap off the camera, I dipped the camera upside down with the shutter button facing down, just about 3mm into the alcohol. 
3. Lifted it out, still in upside down position, pressing the buttons
4. Repeated 2 and 3 and few times
5. Let it sit for a bit to ensure the alcohol evaporates

Now, the button is working again, and is responsive like before!

MichelBB wrote:

I had the same problem. I cleaned the shutter button myself with 99% isopropyl alcohol:

1. Fix the camera upside down solidly at an angle so the shutter button is the lowest part of the camera.
2. Remove battery.

3. Use medical syringe to pour slowly 10ml of alcohol to the bottom of the battery compartment.
4. Press the shutter button several times while alcohol leaks thru the button.
5. Repeat as many times as you feel. 4-5 times should be enough.

4. Let the camera dry overnight to make sure no alkohol leaks to other parts of camera like the sensor.

I did this over 6 moths ago and still it works fine.

AusPhil wrote:

Looks like my 50D's shutter button is becoming intermittent.

Bought it in October 2008 & has only taken 4700 shots & is very well kept.

Anyone here sent theirs to Canon Service in Australia for this to be repaired?

Any ideas on what they charge? Tried asking specifically over the phone about "Just replacement of the shutter button", but couldn't get past the You must send it in for evaluation answer. $50.00 for that.

Also what's the rated life of this component? Under 5000 is pretty ordinary.

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Phil
Canon 50D, A550, T-90, T-70, A-1
Kodak DX4900, P850

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