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What to do with a 10 year old dSLR

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hedwards Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
After 10 years, I've decided it's time to update my camera body. There have been enough advances in terms of image size, resolution and noise reduction that it's finally worth upgrading my gear.

So, I've taken the plunge and opted to take advantage of sale on the Canon EOS 7D.

Now, the question is, what do I do with my old EOS 10D? It's still in excellent shape and probably has years worth of service ahead, but when you can get a new 7D for $1100 and I think even used it's probably not possible to sell one with the newer cameras on sale. I looked a few years back and used 10Ds were going for $300 tops.

I suppose, I could keep it as a back up, but between my lenses and tripod, I've got 30# of gear to lug with me when I go out.
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georgewjohnson Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Get an IR conversion done on it? That's the first thing I'm going to do when my current "lightbox" has run it's course!
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FallisPhoto Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
Simple. Use it as a backup camera.
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Urus-28 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well perhaps you can adapt it to make IR photography ^^
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hedwards Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
Hmm, I really like that idea. I have to admit, that I'm a bit embarrassed that this didn't occur to me. I assume that I'll have to remove the filter that Canon installed to block out the IR.
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Urus-28 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There are some websites providing tutorials for camera conversions, you should check this website for example [link] =)
I'm quite sure you can also find some help with IR photographer on DA there are several groups of IR photography :iconr72: :iconinfrared-club:
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blepfo Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Photographer
^What I would do :)
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Yenneferx Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I've just want to write the same:) I read yesterday an article about IR photography, and they wrote that the best when you have old camera and can rebuilt it (no IR-stop filter) :)
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Urus-28 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've read the same =D
In fact it's a little bit more complicated than just remove the IR filter in front of the captor :p
But still be a nice idea to give a second life to an old camera :la:
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SkankinMike Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
Exactly what I was going to suggest too! :dance:
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Urus-28 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:thumbsup: :la:
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BWPhotographry Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional Photographer
Yeah keep it there is nothing wrong with just updating you camera bag and having two bodys, your new one being the one with the lenses you want with it and then have to old body with maybe one lens.
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hedwards Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
I'd do that, but between my tripod, gimbal head, EF 2.8L and light meter, that's about 30# of gear to lug around with me. I don't think it's a bad idea per se, I just get the feeling that it's enough of a work out it is, in case I need a spare.

But, it's really not a bad idea, just probably more useful for people that aren't lugging tons of gear.
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ChristophMaier Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
That is a tough one. The 10D is really getting a bit old and selling it will most likely get you next to nothing if sold. Personally I would keep it as a backup body just in case. While the 7D itself is a great and reliable camera something can always happen to it. This way you would at least have a spare just in case. I always sell my old bodies for cheap to my dad. This way he gets a newer body and I know that it's close for me to grab should I need it.
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hedwards Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
I have some accessories for it, but at this point, I can't imagine it being worth the cost of shipping. I see some listings for the body, and the highest price is about $130. If I'm lucky, I might get that with the accessories.

The main reason I still have it is that I don't believe in changing bodies too frequently. I like my camera to be like a third eye or a second spleen.

I suppose, I'll probably give it to my dad. It's still a good body, it's just massively outclassed both in terms of resolution and in terms of noise.
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LacieMelhart Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional Photographer
I agree. Either keep it or give it to a family member so it's close by. I played around with the idea of selling my XTi but after some thought and consideration with the subject I photograph the most it just made more sense to keep it. Like you, this camera has become part of me and I know it like the back of my hand so switching between two cameras in the middle of a class at a show or during an event would be much more seamless.
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hedwards Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
Right now I'm quite homesick and the Powershot sx40HS that I bought because I have to do a ton of travel is just not the same. My camera has grown on me to be a bit like a wife. Comfortable, familiar and no sex.

I think the IR conversion is probably the way to go. I had contemplated dedicating it to pinhole photography, but that seemed like a waste when the new camera has a dust removal system and I can always buy another body cap.
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