High shutter count - should I buy a new camera?

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damocles11 Junior Member • Posts: 26
High shutter count - should I buy a new camera?

My D7200, which I've had for about a year, has 110k shutter actuations on it.  It is rated for 150K shutter actuations.  I plan on doing a lot of international traveling in the coming months, and taking a lot of wildlife photos.  Should I just keep using my D7200 until the shutter breaks, or should I shell out the money preemptively and buy a new camera?  I am eying a refurbished d7500 for $800.

I am on a very tight budget, but I don't want to have my camera fail on me at a critical time and location when I am traveling.  I do have a backup camera, a D5500 (rated 100k), also with 110k shutter actuations, but that body does not have AF fine tune, which my telephoto lenses kind of need.

I've been struggling with this a while because the D7500 isn't much of an upgrade from my current body.  I would buy it mainly for the fresh shutter life, which I kind of need.  I anticipate reaching 150k shutter actuations with my d7200 in the next few months, and am unsure what the chances are of my D7200 lasting until 200k shutter actuations, which I anticipate being near at the end of the year.  I also know Nikon has several new unannounced bodies coming out later this year as well, which may or may not affect things.

Thoughts?

 damocles11's gear list:damocles11's gear list
Nikon D5500 Nikon D7200 Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm F3.5-6.3G ED VR Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/4E PF ED VR Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm F2.8-4E ED VR +1 more
Nikon D5500 Nikon D7200 Nikon D7500
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