Camera Change

I had a fabulous time at the beach last week with my family.  For the most part the weather was just fine and I was able to capture some interesting images.  Until my camera stopped working that is.  Thursday morning while photographing various things at sunrise the 7D would no longer turn on.  Removing all the batteries, CF card, and lens didn’t help. It was absolutely a brick.  Now it is in a UPS trailer somewhere headed for Irvine and the Canon Service Center.

The good news is I still own my 20D and it is in good working condition.  Out it came and off I went to see some trains today.

At Vancouver a BNSF crew was in the process of bringing an empty UP grain train out of the Port of Vancouver an onto Main 1.  Just after 9am there was a discussion with the dispatcher about the fact the train was making reverse moves in the plant at Vancouver to assemble their train.  From then on they never moved.  I’m not sure exactly what happened but the train sat blocking Main 1 between the bridge and the center for several hours with almost no radio chatter.   Trains continued to move around them on Main 2.

Using the 20D was entertaining.  The first time I fired the shutter it startled me because it is so much louder than the 7D’s.  I quickly remembered how weak the focus system is on it when I attempted to use one of the side focus points.  It hunted all around before finally locking in out of focus.  Man I like the 7D’s system where any focus point works very well.   Since we all know equipment doesn’t really matter I’ll stop the comparisons here and enjoy using my faithful old camera.

2 thoughts on “Camera Change”

  1. Can appreciate the 7D v 20D comments. I have a 7d which I love (just wish it was full-frame like the 5d) but I was using the old Rebel xTi and went through those 7d withdrawls myself 🙂

  2. Sunday afternooon wasn’t much better, Steve. Apparently there was a broken rail east of Vancouver. So a Kalama grain train left the NP pass, went to Wintler, cut the train for the crossing and sat there for three hours while a parade of westbounders came past, including the very late (1755) Wb Empire Builder. Another grain train sat at Eighth Street for more than three hours because north of Vancouver was pretty plugged with stuff waiting to go east.

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