estorilm
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Shutter Actuations.. How Many Are You At?

Sat Jan 17, 2009 3:22 am

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.
 
mjlewis
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RE: Shutter Actuations.. How Many Are You At?

Sat Jan 17, 2009 12:49 pm

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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JakTrax
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RE: Shutter Actuations.. How Many Are You At?

Sat Jan 17, 2009 2:43 pm

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?

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estorilm
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RE: Shutter Actuations.. How Many Are You At?

Sat Jan 17, 2009 6:35 pm



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 
 
aero145
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RE: Shutter Actuations.. How Many Are You At?

Sun Jan 18, 2009 2:58 pm

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
 
whisperjet
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RE: Shutter Actuations.. How Many Are You At?

Sun Jan 18, 2009 3:44 pm

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.

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estorilm
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RE: Shutter Actuations.. How Many Are You At?

Sun Jan 18, 2009 4:57 pm

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.
 
ams39uk
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RE: Shutter Actuations.. How Many Are You At?

Sun Jan 18, 2009 6:59 pm

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

Many Thanks

Andrew
 
estorilm
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RE: Shutter Actuations.. How Many Are You At?

Sun Jan 18, 2009 7:14 pm

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!
 
unattendedbag
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RE: Shutter Actuations.. How Many Are You At?

Sun Jan 18, 2009 8:25 pm



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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aero145
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RE: Shutter Actuations.. How Many Are You At?

Sun Jan 18, 2009 9:26 pm

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]
 
Phoenix9
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RE: Shutter Actuations.. How Many Are You At?

Mon Jan 19, 2009 1:52 am

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.
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estorilm
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RE: Shutter Actuations.. How Many Are You At?

Mon Jan 19, 2009 2:35 am

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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