Sadly, the 300D went off to the repairers and after some investigations they were unable to repair it. Although a small spring on the shutter had gone it's a part that can no longer be found.
I thought about buying another 300D for spares and then having it cannibalised, but even on eBay the prices were pretty ridiculous.
In the end I started to look for a replacement. Okay, I am not David Bailey so spending an arm and a leg is not really worth it, so a budget, but new Canon was the order of the day. I chose an EOS 1100D.
Why another Canon? Apparently, you are either a Canon or a Nikon man, and I am obviously a Canon man. I also have a Tamron AF70-300mm zoom with a Canon mount that I need to use!
Although it is a budget DSLR, it is 12 megapixels and comes equipped with with a kit 18-55mm lens. I took it on the Ashes Tour and on the dry days I took it out and it looks to take some excellent photos. I didn't want it to get wet!!
On wet days I used the little Sony Cybershot!