How many shutter actuations do you REALLY get from a camera?

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DocS
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How many shutter actuations do you REALLY get from a camera?
Feb 13, 2012

Most cameras it seems have shutters that have been tested to 100,000 or 150,000 (or in the case of the D800, 200,000) actuations.

But how many actuations do we really get from a camera? Do shutters typically crap-out around 200,000 actuations?

And also, if they do crap-out, are they replaceable by Nikon?

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In reply to DocS, Feb 13, 2012

Nikon replaced the shutter on my D300 for just under $300.

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DocS wrote:

Most cameras it seems have shutters that have been tested to 100,000 or 150,000 (or in the case of the D800, 200,000) actuations.

But how many actuations do we really get from a camera? Do shutters typically crap-out around 200,000 actuations?

And also, if they do crap-out, are they replaceable by Nikon?

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My D3 has about 200,000 frames and the D2Xs
In reply to DocS, Feb 13, 2012

went out with almost 70,000 ... the D70 is not used much anymore and it only has about 20,000 ... high frame rates help the shutter get higher usage over its lifetime sadly
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110,000 from my D300...
In reply to DocS, Feb 13, 2012

Then, after investing $200 in the camera, it is back up and running again at 8fps...

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95K on my D300...
In reply to DocS, Feb 13, 2012

... that's when it started to be twitchy and the mirror sometimes stucked up. That was after being beaten up madly (freezing rain of Iceland, african desert sand, Canadian cold temperature and tropical humidity)

Fixed it by replacing the whole shutter. Should be good for another 100K-ish shots

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Somewhere there is posted a summary of actual Nikon's , I remember reading just the 300 as that is what I have but of the several hundred examples they failed with as few as about 35,000 up two over 230,000 and in fact were all over the place. Now what is not given was the number that did not fail! My guess is that the 150,000 for a D300 was an average. I just shot away and not worry about it.
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Anyone remember the program you can use to tell you how many actuations a camera has done?
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Re: 110,000 from my D300...
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DeSono wrote:

Then, after investing $200 in the camera, it is back up and running again at 8fps...

Very nice photo!!

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Re: How many shutter actuations do you REALLY get from a camera?
In reply to KenEis, Feb 13, 2012

I've currently got over:
-220000 on my D3
-72000 on my D3X and
-94000 on my D300
and none of them have needed any shutter work yet.

Yes, you can send it in to Nikon and they will fix or replace the shutter.

There are several programs you can use to get your shutter count, try "exif reader" in any search engine and you'll find one. Technically any program can read the info since it's just EXIF, however you need one that will specifically read that bit of info in the EXIF and correctly read it and translate it as shutter actuations.
I use "EXIF Viewer" for Mac.
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KenEis wrote:

Anyone remember the program you can use to tell you how many actuations a camera has done?
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You can find it in Photoshop.

Open a current photo in PS and click on File Info .. Scroll to the Advanced Tab ... Expand Schema under the Advanced Tab.. the shutter actuation cumulative total is displayed after aux:ImageNumber:

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