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How many years should I expect out of a 50D?

 
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Mar 28, 2009 03:39 |  #1

How many years should I expect out of a 50D?

What's the longevity of a DSLR? I don't care about it becoming obsolete, just working in good order.


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Mar 28, 2009 03:48 |  #2

I have had my 30D since Nov 06. I use it quit a bit and it has somewhere around 30-35000 clicks with no problems. I think this was one of Canon's best cameras. I hope it will last for a bit longer until the next upgrade(60D or whatever it will be) your 50D should last a long time with care.


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Mar 28, 2009 03:58 |  #3

Well, my XT is going strong after 50k clicks, and the 50D is higher quality. It took me three years to take all those shots, you should be fine.


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Mar 28, 2009 05:53 |  #4

I'd be very annoyed if my 30D gave me less than 15 years. I've had Nikons that lasted longer than that and I expect the same from Canon.

Of course I'll be shooting in 15 years time with a zillion pixel Canon "Oh my God Intergalactic mk2" and bring out my 30D so my Grandchildren can laugh at how primitive cameras were in Granddads days,and how old must Grandpa be? But I fully expect it to work.


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Mar 28, 2009 07:38 |  #5

Thanks for the reassuring replies.


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Mar 28, 2009 07:47 as a reply to  @ Bear Dale's post |  #6

After EXACTLY 31 days of owning my 50D, I had to send it Canon repair because the main dial on the camera, and the grip quit working. While trying to "reboot" the camera by taking out the small memory battery, the tension wheel on the grip broke, not letting me take the grip off.

I was a little put off at first, but it seems turnaround with Canon will be pretty fast. I'm chalking it up to a lot of bad luck and maybe a small amount of quality control from Canon.


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Mar 28, 2009 08:15 |  #7

James.D wrote in post #7615490 (external link)
How many years should I expect out of a 50D?

What's the longevity of a DSLR? I don't care about it becoming obsolete, just working in good order.

It probably depends on how you handle it and in what circumstances it's used in.

Outside of using it in extreme elements and letting it fall to the floor or otherwise rough handling it'd probably last at least 5 years. SInce it has ALOT more electronic parts than the old-style mechanical SLRs it probably isn't realistic to expect it to last 10 -15 years but you never know!

Also, do you tend to keep things as long as possible before upgrading? Just wondering what your normal tolerance level is for replacing anything.


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Mar 28, 2009 08:24 |  #8

I have had several discussions with a relative(by marriage) who thinks it's crazy to buy an expensive digital body that will probably only last 5 or 6 years. He points proudly to his film bodies that are 15 or 20 years old. I of course (being a jerk) point out his drawer of film rolls that he can't afford to have developed. I also point out that in the last 2 years I have been able to afford to take more pictures than he has taken in the last 15.


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Mar 28, 2009 08:38 |  #9

Difference between film cameras and digital cameras is the amount of electronic equipment and complexity of the digital system (comparatively). I don't expect my 1D or 40D to last 10-15 years. However, my friend's 20D is still going strong. He got it when it was introduced and open to the market... what's that like 4 or 5 years ago?



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Mar 28, 2009 08:52 as a reply to  @ drPheta's post |  #10

My father's Minolta Maxxum 7000 (the first AF SLR, BTW) was purchased in 1984, and it is still in good working order. that is 25 years. since cars that are built now last twice as long as they did 25 years ago, my XSi should be good untill 2059. :)


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Mar 28, 2009 09:00 as a reply to  @ BrianXTi's post |  #11

I tend to take a more positive stance on the issue of mechanical SLR's compared to modern electronic dSLR's. Mechanical gubbins, springs, levers etc wear out over time, but how can an electronic part ever wear out? It will be a mechanical bit that does for my 30D I'm sure.

Dunlop's example is the sort of thing I mean.


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Mar 28, 2009 09:26 |  #12

I must have a touch of OCD when it comes to expensive electronic items. I've only had my 50D for 6 days and I'm worried about it failing!

I was like this with my iPhone for the first couple of months :(


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Mar 28, 2009 09:49 |  #13
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about 10 years if you take around 10,000 clicks a year.


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Mar 28, 2009 10:10 |  #14

I own a Canon EF, and early electronic system camera - bought new in 1976, still functions. Regarding more modern systems it seems to me there would be at least three paths to loss of use.

1. Heavy use scenario - shutter wears out at what 100K clicks?
2. Electronics go bad due to number of On/Off cycles (burnt out lightbulb scenario).
3. Simply can't find batteries anymore - due lack of standardization in cells.




  
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Mar 28, 2009 10:21 as a reply to  @ lbridges's post |  #15

i also have a 1976 EF and apart from the electronic part of the shutter (exposures over 1/2 a second which lock up) is still in good working order although it doesnt get out much now due to my 50D


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