LOG IN    OR   REGISTER TO FORUMS


How many shots will wear out a modern DSLR?

FORUMS Canon Cameras, Lenses & Accessories Canon EOS Digital Cameras
Thread started 20 May 2010 (Thursday) 20:59   
LIST NEARBY THREADS
 
nate42nd
Senior Member
nate42nd's Avatar
Joined Mar 2010
767 posts
The Wild West
[MORE/SHARE]

I got a T1i 2 months ago and have taken 8000 shots. 50-75% were probably messing around with different settings, bracketing (WB, exposure), and other tests. It seems like a lot of work for the internal components. How many times can you flip the mirror until you wear it out? Any estimates out there? I know I'm not the only one to take this many pictures in 2 months....it may seem low to some....to others it may seem high. I'm just wondering how many shots a DSLR is good for and how much it costs to fix once you wear out an internal component. Thanks.

Post #1, May 20, 2010 20:59:34


7D - - 17-55 F/2.8 - 24-105 F/4L - 100mm F/2.8 - 50mm F/1.8 - S95 / To see all click here
My Flickrexternal link

LOG IN TO REPLY
sponsored links
(this ad will go away when you log in as registered member)
Randi
Goldmember
Randi's Avatar
Joined Dec 2009
1,105 posts
St. Louis, MO.
[MORE/SHARE]

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS / 1000D - 100,000
Canon EOS Digital Rebel T1i / 500D - 100,000
Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi / 450D - 100,000
Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi / 400D - 50,000
Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT / 350D - 50,000
Canon EOS 50D - 100,000
Canon EOS 40D - 100,000
Canon EOS 30D - 100,000
Canon EOS 20D - 50,000
Canon EOS 10D - 25,000
Canon EOS 5D Mark II - 150,000
Canon EOS 5D - 100,000
Canon EOS 1D Mark III - 300,000
Canon EOS 1D Mark II N - 200,000
Canon EOS 1DS Mark III - 300,000
Canon EOS 1DS Mark II - 200,000

Of course, some will die quickly and some will long surpass their life expectancy.

Post #2, May 20, 2010 21:09:20


Canon 7D | Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 | Rokinon 35mm f/1.4 | Bower 85mm f/1.4 | EF 40mm f/2.8 | EF 100mm f/2.8 L | EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 | EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 L | 580 EX II | Manfrotto 190XB/496RC2
flickr external link

LOG IN TO REPLY
nate42nd
THREAD ­ STARTER
Senior Member
nate42nd's Avatar
Joined Mar 2010
767 posts
The Wild West
[MORE/SHARE]

Thank you very much. This gives me a good idea. I wonder if it's expensive to fix.

If anyone knows....let me know

Have a great day!

Post #3, May 20, 2010 21:17:16


7D - - 17-55 F/2.8 - 24-105 F/4L - 100mm F/2.8 - 50mm F/1.8 - S95 / To see all click here
My Flickrexternal link

LOG IN TO REPLY
Brain ­ Mechanic
Goldmember
Brain Mechanic's Avatar
Joined Apr 2010
3,526 posts
[MORE/SHARE]
banned

Depends. If it is a Nikon.....

Post #4, May 20, 2010 21:19:18


Gear: a toothed wheel :p
"To be of good quality, you have to excuse yourself from the presence of shallow and callow minded individuals" Michael Bassey Johnson
--Oscar--
flickrexternal link

LOG IN TO REPLY
Jardiniboy
Senior Member
Joined Jan 2008
508 posts
Waipahu, Hawaii
[MORE/SHARE]

nate42nd wrote in post #10218792external link
Thank you very much. This gives me a good idea. I wonder if it's expensive to fix.

If anyone knows....let me know

Have a great day!

It cost around $220 to replace the shutter.

Post #5, May 20, 2010 21:40:31


Gear List Flickrexternal link

LOG IN TO REPLY
sponsored links
(this ad will go away when you log in as registered member)
Biffbradford
Goldmember
Biffbradford's Avatar
Joined Jul 2008
2,717 posts
Milwaukee
[MORE/SHARE]

Just shoot and enjoy your camera.

Post #6, May 20, 2010 21:42:58


My pictures: John Wilke Photographyexternal link, Flikrexternal link , Facebookexternal link, Fine Arts Americaexternal link, Canon 1D MkII N, 1D MkIII, various Canon and Tokina lenses. :D

LOG IN TO REPLY
Brett
Goldmember
Brett's Avatar
Joined Nov 2008
4,176 posts
Ohio
[MORE/SHARE]

That rate (8K in 2 months) will likely slow down considerably as you become more accustomed to the camera and its settings. I doubt you'll shoot 4000 a month for long, and if you do, you need a 1-series if you want the shutter to last more than a couple years.

You'll probably want a new body by then anyway, though.

Post #7, May 20, 2010 21:47:06



flickrexternal link

LOG IN TO REPLY
nate42nd
THREAD ­ STARTER
Senior Member
nate42nd's Avatar
Joined Mar 2010
767 posts
The Wild West
[MORE/SHARE]

Jardiniboy wrote in post #10218914external link
It cost around $220 to replace the shutter.

Thanks

Biffbradford wrote in post #10218928external link
Just shoot and enjoy your camera.

Good advice.

Brett wrote in post #10218946external link
That rate (8K in 2 months) will likely slow down considerably as you become more accustomed to the camera and its settings. I doubt you'll shoot 4000 a month for long, and if you do, you need a 1-series if you want the shutter to last more than a couple years.

You'll probably want a new body by then anyway, though.

You're probably right, thanks!

Post #8, May 20, 2010 21:50:14


7D - - 17-55 F/2.8 - 24-105 F/4L - 100mm F/2.8 - 50mm F/1.8 - S95 / To see all click here
My Flickrexternal link

LOG IN TO REPLY
Wilt
Wilt is an old fart who has extensive experience with many brands and many formats of cameras, and extensive lighting knowledge of both studio lighting and speedlights
Wilt's Avatar
Joined Aug 2005
33,480 posts
SF Bay area, CA
[MORE/SHARE]

The stats in Post #2 are SHUTTER actuation MTBF. Separate from the shutter mechanism is the reflex mirror mechanism. The early 300D was an example that although the shutter had an MTBF of 50k, the reflex mirror hinge on that camera tended to give out at a high rate at about 25k actuations--posts on POTN is clear evidence of this happening!

Also, MTBF is Mean Time Between Failure...mean...some fail faster, some fail later, and the mean is the average of the statistical failures.

Post #9, May 20, 2010 22:34:33


You need to give me OK to edit your image and repost!
Canon dSLR system, Olympus OM 35mm system, Bronica ETRSi 645 system, Horseman LS 4x5 system, Metz flashes, Dynalite studio lighting, and too many accessories to mention
Keep POTN alive and well with member support http://photography-on-the.net/forum/donate.p​hp

LOG IN TO REPLY
chomish
Goldmember
chomish's Avatar
Joined Jun 2007
1,917 posts
[MORE/SHARE]

I was in your shoes when i got my first nice DSLR(30D when it first came out) I soon started getting worried a s well since i founf myself taking too many shot especially, especially ones around the house. By the time this happended 2 year had gone by, After doing a little bit of math i reakized that bye the time i hit the shuter limit numbet the camera would probably either be sold way before or it would just be too outdated for me to care anyways. You cant live a prisoner of shutter count and let it effect how many shots you take/learn.

Go out, have a blast, shoot everyting. If one day it does fail send it in for reapaair which is usually worth fixing over gettting a new body.

Shoot everything, Have funn!!!!!

Post #10, May 20, 2010 22:47:40


:) 5D-2 Mark ii :) 16-35 2.8L | 24-70 2.8L | 85 1.2 IIL | 70-200 f4 ISL | 70-200 2.8 IS IIL | 24-70 2.8L |MP-E 65 | 580EX, 430EX, MT24-EX | :p :p :p

LOG IN TO REPLY
Gabriella_Ashton
Senior Member
Gabriella_Ashton's Avatar
Joined May 2010
160 posts
[MORE/SHARE]

Interesting tidbit: the person responsible for predicting the number of shutter actuations happens to be the same fellow known for counting how many licks it takes to get to the gum inside a blow pop.

Post #11, May 20, 2010 22:56:51


6D/7D/Canon 17-40 F4/ Canon 24-105 F4 IS/ Canon 70-200mm F2.8 IS and F4 IS/Nikon Manual 35mm F1.4/ Mir 24m 35mm F2.0/ Nikon Manual 55mm F1.2/ Super Takumar 50mm F1.4/ Nikkor 50mm F1.4/ Canon 50mm F1.4/Canon 50mm F1.8/ Industar 50mm F3.5/ Industar 61 55mm F2.8/ Helios 44-2 58mm F2.0/ Jupiter 9 85mm F2.0/ Canon 135mm f/2.0/ Canon 300mm F4 IS/ Canon 1.4x II extender

LOG IN TO REPLY
sponsored links
(this ad will go away when you log in as registered member)
apersson850
Cream of the Crop
apersson850's Avatar
Joined Nov 2007
10,705 posts
Traryd, Sweden
[MORE/SHARE]

I spoke with a person visiting the Canon booth at Ipex two days ago. His company uses the 1Ds Mark III for scanning books, in an automatic rig. One page, one click. He said they typically get around three million pages out of the camera, before the shutter breaks down. Since the camera is sitting in a rig and never gets handled like when they are used for normal photography, it still looks brand new after this ordeal. So they replace the shutter and get another three millions or so.
The reason they used the 1Ds Mark III was the high resolution combined with the long life shutter, he said.

Of course, in his application, the camera is never banged around or abused in any other way. Just click-click-click...

Post #12, May 21, 2010 04:38:58 as a reply to Gabriella_Ashton's post 5 hours earlier.


Anders

LOG IN TO REPLY
TMCCaptured
Senior Member
TMCCaptured's Avatar
Joined Dec 2008
529 posts
Italy / New Zealand
[MORE/SHARE]

Thanks for the information.
I got my 5D MKII July 30 2009 and have a shutter count of 35k

When ever I change a lens I always Always got across to the setting of clean the sensor...sometimes I do this 2x. DO i actually need to do this? and will this effect the shutter count or longevity of the shutter?

Post #13, May 21, 2010 04:52:40


Why Die Wondering?

LOG IN TO REPLY
Katalyst
Senior Member
Katalyst's Avatar
Joined Feb 2010
811 posts
The Netherlands
[MORE/SHARE]

as far as I know the sensor shakes itself clean and has nothing to do with the mirror? I atleast don't feel any movement and I've got it on auto-clean as well!

Post #14, May 21, 2010 04:55:02




LOG IN TO REPLY
apersson850
Cream of the Crop
apersson850's Avatar
Joined Nov 2007
10,705 posts
Traryd, Sweden
[MORE/SHARE]

There is no point in running the sensor clean each time you change the lens. When you change the lens, dirt may of course enter into the mirror box, but it can't reach the sensor. That can only happen when you actually take photos, as that's the only time when the shutter is open.

Automatically initiated sensor cleaning doesn't involve the shutter/mirror mechanism. Manually initiated sensor cleaning does on some cameras.

Post #15, May 21, 2010 07:04:38 as a reply to Katalyst's post 2 hours earlier.


Anders

LOG IN TO REPLY


LIST NEARBY THREADS
17,722 views & 0 likes for this thread
How many shots will wear out a modern DSLR?
FORUMS Canon Cameras, Lenses & Accessories Canon EOS Digital Cameras



NOT A MEMBER YET? CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TO FORUMS

CHANGE BODY TEXT SIZE FOR ALL THREAD PAGES
POWERED BY AMASS 1.0version 1.0
made in Finland
by Pekka Saarinen
for photography-on-the.net


SEND FEEDBACK TO STAFF  |  JUMP TO FORUM...  |  FORUM RULES


Spent 0.00175 for 4 database queries.
PAGE COMPLETED IN 0.02s
989 guests, 742 members online
Simultaneous users record so far is 3341, that happened on Dec 11, 2014
Latest registered member is HeatherW

COOKIES DISCLAIMER: By using this site you agree that some cookies will be stored on your browser. For unlogged users we store one session id cookie. For registered members we store (in addition to login session cookie) only cookies that are essential for required functionality, we do not store any personal tracking data in cookies or other browser's data storage methods.