That is what I was telling God this afternoon at about 3:15 when I got my main camera out to begin taking pictures at a wedding. My 5D totally and completely crapped out on me this evening right before this wedding. I have had this camera since March and have had absolutely no problems with it it whatsoever. And this was a night wedding and my back-up camera does not handle low light situations as well. So for about 15 minutes I fiddled with it, took the batteries out and put them back in, messed with switches….and nothing. The thing just simply would not work. The digital display on top would come on and I could adjust the ISO and the shutter but the LCD would not work at all. And the camera wouldn’t focus or fire. And the lens was not on manual focus, just in case you were wondering.
So after allowing myself about 12 seconds to panic, I finally put it away and got out my backup camera. Thank God I have a backup camera. I shot all of the formals and the wedding with my backup camera and a lens that was not quite wide enough on it. After the reception started, I had a few minutes so I tried again to magically get my main camera working. I did the same fiddly things that I did before and would you believe that it started working perfectly?!! UNBEfreakingLEVABLE!!
Now I know some of you are thinking that the camera was fine and it was just my nerves or some screwy setting. I hear you. I would think the same thing. But every setting was as it always is and I was not even slightly nervous until the darn thing wouldn’t work. And what totally confuses me is how one of the displays was working but the other one wasn’t. My menu wouldn’t come up or anything. And then just like that, when I could have lived without it, it worked just fine.
But… I did live without it. And now I’m looking through the pictures and I have to tell you that these are probably some of the best wedding pictures I’ve taken so far. About a week and a half ago I was debating buying another lens “just in case” I needed it for this wedding. And instead of getting new stuff for the wedding, I was forced to use even less stuff and it worked out just fine. So I guess I’ve learned my lesson about “needing” new stuff.
I’m sending my 5D off to Canon to have it looked at. My guess is that they’ll find nothing wrong with it but I really hope they do. And I hope they fix it and it NEVER happens again. So basically I worked with the worst lighting conditions I’ve encountered so far and my go-to camera crapped out. So I feel confident that any other wedding that comes my way will most certainly have to be easier than this one.
So I’m hoping this is my only equipment failure experience. It’s really quite terrifying. I’m just so very glad that it all worked out. But I’m pretty sure I’ll be having nightmares about it for the next week.
I put up a sneak peek on my photoblog if you want to take a look. The last one was taken with my 5D once it decided to work again.