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Shutter Actuations.. How Many Are You At?  
User currently offlineEstorilM From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 124 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4669 times:

It's one of those things that you try not to think about I guess.. but I finally pulled the EXIF and searched for the tag -

Camera Actuations: 75452

Considering the camera is rated at 100,000 (which is conservative, factoring in that most cameras that fail will do so early in their life, and most are seeing 50-100% over this figure.. some over 400k!) I guess statistically speaking I should be fine, but that's quite a gamble for a photographer - like many of you, there are many situations where I can't afford to hit that button and have things work less than perfectly every time.

So yeah, one has to deal with the "worst case" scenario, at least when you're making money off of these things and there are occasions when you get called out on very important events like weddings and such.

I'd still call myself an amateur photographer though, so I can't throw $$$ into redundant D3s or anything.. my D200 / 70-200 VR have paid for themselves and I'm happy with that, but I'm having nightmares lately about that *PLINK* / ERR sound/message when I'm about to catch the shot of a lifetime, or when I'm out on vacation, shooting for a client, etc. I mean let's face it, most of us don't bother to take our cameras out of the case unless they're going to be pointed at something important.

SO having said that, I think I'm going to plan on picking up a D300 within 2 months (before the weather gets really nice.) It's a little different this time around, since I won't be forced to pay full retail $1700+ on the body and another $300 on the grip. There are grips of equal quality WITH added features like IR remote, LCD clock/timers, etc WITH two EN-EL3e batteries for under $80 (hah I remember the early D200 days when that price wouldn't even buy you a SINGLE battery!) There are 99.5% reputable ebay sellers with multiple D300 bodies at $1,250.

Any thoughts? Let me know what your cameras are at as well.. and if you'd be considering doing something similar in my shoes.

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User currently offlineMjlewis From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 208 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4607 times:

I just got my D300 this past June, and it's a work horse for me! Between shooting for fun and getting trigger happy (when I went to HNL with my dad for a 26hr layover I took almost 1000 pictures) and working for my school's paper shooting sports (8fps REALLY adds up fast!). Currently I'm at ~16200.

I LOVE my 300. However of course who wouldnt wish to have a D3? ha As far as the grip goes, get the OEM one. I feel its just the best best and works the best with no questions. It's very comfortable in the hand. Granted I still use the 8 AA batteries (rechargeable) But soon plan on getting the EN-L4 beast to keep in there.



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User currently offlineJakTrax From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 4936 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4586 times:

If you're worried about actuations come live in Manchester, UK - the weather is that bad half the time you'd rarely find the opportunity to fire your shutter!!

Think my 30D has around 17,000 - of which only 16 are from this year! Kinda puts our weather pattern into perspective eh?

Karl


User currently offlineEstorilM From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 124 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4550 times:



Quoting JakTrax (Reply 2):

Haha, if I had photo opportunities like you've got at Manchester, my camera would blow up..  bomb 

Quoting Mjlewis (Reply 1):
I just got my D300 this past June, and it's a work horse for me! Between shooting for fun and getting trigger happy (when I went to HNL with my dad for a 26hr layover I took almost 1000 pictures) and working for my school's paper shooting sports (8fps REALLY adds up fast!). Currently I'm at ~16200.

Yikes that's good to hear - they've also rated that shutter a little higher than the D200 which is nice, considering how easy it is to get trigger-happy when you're at 8fps. I'll probably only use the 8 when I'm shooting sports though, hell most of the time I've found myself turning the D200 to 3fps or single shot (I've always considered it good mental discipline in terms of correctly framing and such, not to mention increasing shutter life.)

I was thinking about it last night for a while, and decided to order a D300 grip while getting my replacement D200 grip as well (the gears stripped inside of it, I was lucky to get it off!) Also ordered an EN-EL4 and charger.. I figure one should do just fine because I've still got 5 EN-EL3es I can when I kill that one, but the EN-EL4 life is pretty impressive from my experiences with the D2hs/D2Xs at work.

I can't WAIT! Especially for those twilight shots where I can finally crank up my ISO to 1000+ without having to worry  cloudnine 


User currently offlineAero145 From Iceland, joined Jan 2005, 3071 posts, RR: 19
Reply 4, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 4490 times:

My old cam had around 40,000 when I sold it, my last camera (which I sold for a similar price I bought it for, a very short while after buying it) had 2,000, and my current has around 30,000 I guess - I bought it used with 20,000. Sure it’ll last longer than me!  Silly

User currently offlineWhisperjet From Germany, joined Nov 2007, 571 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 4481 times:
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Sold my 350D when it had around 75.000 (according to some internet sites it's built for 50.000) and got a good price for it  bigthumbsup . My now exactly 1 year old 40D is at 25.000 or a few more.

Stefan



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User currently offlineEstorilM From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 124 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 4461 times:

Yikes! I figured you all would be even with me or something haha. There are some older D2h bodies at work with well over 220k on them (the pro body shutters are a different story I guess.)

Sports stuff just kills cameras, no matter how careful you are. I mean, my stuff has done well but I still need new rubber grips on everything just from hand-holding so much.


User currently offlineAms39uk From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2008, 2 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 4440 times:

Sorry to be a pain but how do I access this info on my D200 ??

Many Thanks

Andrew


User currently offlineEstorilM From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 124 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 4435 times:

Some of the more detailed EXIF viewers will support the actuations tag, I have a mac so I use EXIF Viewer - http://homepage.mac.com/aozer/EV/index.html
I think I was using iExif on my PC? Not really sure.. good luck!


User currently offlineUnattendedBag From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 2336 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 4425 times:



Quoting Aero145 (Reply 4):
My old cam had around 40,000 when I sold it, my last camera (which I sold for a similar price I bought it for, a very short while after buying it) had 2,000, and my current has around 30,000 I guess - I bought it used with 20,000. Sure it’ll last longer than me!

what make and model camera were they, or is it a big secret?  Wink



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User currently offlineAero145 From Iceland, joined Jan 2005, 3071 posts, RR: 19
Reply 10, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 4414 times:

Quoting UnattendedBag (Reply 9):
what make and model camera were they, or is it a big secret?


Very big secret.  Wink

[Edited 2009-01-18 13:28:00]

User currently offlinePhoenix9 From Canada, joined Aug 2007, 2546 posts, RR: 8
Reply 11, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 4369 times:

I have been trying to get the actuations for my Canon Rebel XT and have used various programs to try and get that info....but so far no luck. Anyone know how to actually get that number?

Ps. I reset my pic numbers so it won't help.



Life only makes sense when you look at it backwards.
User currently offlineEstorilM From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 124 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 4365 times:

Just did some research into it and it seems like only the Canon 1 series pro bodies support shutter actuation count, and even then it's only possible with special software.

Then again whisperjet gave some #s on his 350D, but maybe he kept tabs on number of photos downloaded or something? Not sure.


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