I Returned the K3

Started Mar 18, 2014 | Discussions thread
OP DRabbit Veteran Member • Posts: 4,724
Re: Interesting reading about DSLR shutter life

brecklundin wrote:

DRabbit wrote:

As for cost... I'll quote myself: The K5-II/K5-IIs is about $1000 body... not a $2500. More expensive than a $300 camera, but cheaper than some higher-end DSLRs. Spending $799 + $900 (if not covered under warranty), doesn't seem unreasonable to me in a year for one camera body that gets very heavy-duty use.

Hey Amy,

Odds are the best deal you'll have is a set of K3's given the 200k MTBF shutter rating. Sure there are Canikon's which reach over 300k but likely not under the heavy use like your's see though obviously they get used to reach that level of actuations.

Oh, the irony.

I found an forgotten article with a slew of shutter life stats. The curves are interesting:

http://www.olegkikin.com/shutterlife/ (original stats)

http://petapixel.com/2012/12/22/look-up-your-cameras-lifespan-with-the-shutter-life-expectancy-database/ {stat analysis sorta}

Looking at the numbers I sense you made the right choice based on numbers. However do we know for certain that Pentax's rating is a MTBF? In these days of blatant lies in ads being just fine, I would look at the number with a jaundiced eye.

Perhaps a stable of 3-4 bodies in rotation would let you stay in business while allowing for in-service failures and sending a body in for a new shutter every few months.

That's actually the plan. I have two K5-IIs bodies, an original K5 and the K01. I'm hoping to add a used K5-II if I can find one with low shutter actuations, and it'll sit just as a backup.

It would be interesting to look at more up to date numbers from the pages listed above to see what, if any, improvements have actually been made.

K3 problems aside, I still think Pentax offers a great value for the price, and with the super-affordable extended warranty, it's even better. Not to mention the weather-sealed bodies and outstanding battery life.


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