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Dec 31, 2012 16:41 |  #1

OK, after my other thread I have decided on a 40D, as long as I don't have to spend too much on a lens(still trying to stay around $1000 if I can do it). Looking at listings here, on ebay and on a couple other sites, bodies that look to be in nice shape have shutter actuation counts all across the board. Two in particular I am watching, one has 16,000 count, the other is at 81,000 in the same price range. Obviously less use is better(in most cases, less use is less wear right?) but how high would you let a shutter count go before no longer considering a body? With the L&D 14 threads here and elsewere I'm getting anxious to get out-especially since the famous Decorah IA eagles are only 45 minutes from my house, and another nest with very cooperative birds is 15 minutes from my work.




  
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Dec 31, 2012 16:54 |  #2

Well, the accepted wisdom is that shutter failure is very unpredictable and there's nothing to say that a body with 16,000 will fail after one with 100,000. However, Canon;s quoted lifetimes will be based on MTBF (Mean Time Between Failure) and calculated using a large enough sample. So, in general, you'll be better off with a body that has fewer actuations. However, that doesn't mean if you buy one with 1,000 shots on it that it won't fail the day after. Sh1t happens!

Personally, I'd be wary of a 40d with more than about 60k on it. I'm sure there are lightly used ones out there that will be a better buy than something with a high count.


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Jan 01, 2013 02:52 as a reply to  @ paulkaye's post |  #3

Worrying about shutter counts is like worrying about buying a used car with over 100,000 miles. Common sense would dictate that you buy the least used equipment possible, and you look at the general condition of the car, and the maintenance record or external condition of the camera and hope for the best. You might get a gem that lasts 500,000 miles, or 500,000 actuations. However even a well maintained low mileage car or camera could break on the way home...

I have read that a replacement shutter is $60 plus labor for a total of approx. $250 USD. So given your very real concerns you should take that into consideration. -rick


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