And I'll skip to the end for those of you who are end-readers, and/or have the attention span of a gnat.
I won. I have a brand new camera and was able to upgrade to one with some of the features my lemon had been lacking.
Randy at Future Shop fixed it. Canon had nothing to do with it.
Randy, advocating on my behalf, talked to the ops team at the Yonge & Dundas Future Shop where I purchased the frequently-cursed-about lemon, and convinced them to offer me 2 options.
Option 1. Keep the lemon, still under warantee for almsot 2 years and wait it out until it failed again. Which it would and I would be even more pissed.
Option 2. Replace the lemon, using up the warantee, and leave it at that.
Also included in Option 2 was the happy-making pay-the-difference-and-upgrade feature. Then Randy pointed out the sale on Canon T1s AND the $50 old camera trade-in deal (no matter how old the camera you trade in) and I got a brand new camera!
All in, with a new 3 year warantee, and handing over the first digital camera I ever bought, it came to just over $200 to make my world a much happier place! (and of course the cost of the original… But at this point it was worth nothing, I tell you, nothing!)
The new camera has already made me more happy than the lemon ever could.
Sure i'm still getting shitty shots, but they are MY shitty shots. I can learn from them, figure out what I did wrong, because not every single shot is shyte! I can actually differentiate between what I do wrong and the camera misbehaving.
I have spot metering again… Lovely lovely spot metering, so useful in those odd lighting situations restaurant create.
Autofocus actually focuses on all my lenses The ISO is not permanently fixed at 1600.
I've taken it kayaking, to a cocktail tasting, to dinner, to 2 conferences – OCTA & Mesh Marketing, to Waterloo, to Kingston, to Ottawa and I'm hoping out for a snowy walk sometime soon… Ah that macro lens and fluffy snow… Can not wait!