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

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DocS Regular Member • Posts: 273
How many shutter actuations do you REALLY get from a camera?

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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gnagel Veteran Member • Posts: 6,938
Re: How many shutter actuations do you REALLY get from a camera?

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

Glenn

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

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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Deleted17 Senior Member • Posts: 1,899
110,000 from my D300...

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

kipourax Contributing Member • Posts: 736
95K on my D300...

... 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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gtblackwell Contributing Member • Posts: 609
Re: How many shutter actuations do you REALLY get from a camera?

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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KenEis Veteran Member • Posts: 4,047
Re: How many shutter actuations do you REALLY get from a camera?

Anyone remember the program you can use to tell you how many actuations a camera has done?
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DocS OP Regular Member • Posts: 273
Re: 110,000 from my D300...

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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danharperphotography.com Senior Member • Posts: 1,139
Re: How many shutter actuations do you REALLY get from a camera?

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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badmoose Contributing Member • Posts: 519
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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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Panabode New Member • Posts: 2
Re: How many shutter actuations do you REALLY get from a camera?

Late reply to an old thread, but in case you're still interested, my D800 hit the bucket tonight. During a 29-team shoot. It still took pictures, but suddenly had this annoying black line from the actuation not normally performing.  You can get around that in liveview.. but the quality of sharpness is not as good (at least, not  for me.)

I just checked the exif data. The final image I took tonight is number 300,9726.  This D800 was purchased in May of 2013.  "They" say that professional photographers need to replace their bodies every two years.

When the D4s arrives, I will be sending this to my favorite repair shop, Peachtree in Marietta, GA.

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tags Regular Member • Posts: 249
Re: How many shutter actuations do you REALLY get from a camera?

I've only had to replace one shutter on a camera, and that was a 30 year old Olympus OM2. My old d90 and d60 held up well, the d90 went over 100,000 before I sold it. Shutters are easy to replace anyway. I Think the cameras tend to have electronic malfunctions before a mechanical cause does them in

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herbymel Senior Member • Posts: 5,365
Re: How many shutter actuations do you REALLY get from a camera?

User5173609126 wrote:

Late reply to an old thread, but in case you're still interested, my D800 hit the bucket tonight. During a 29-team shoot. It still took pictures, but suddenly had this annoying black line from the actuation not normally performing. You can get around that in liveview.. but the quality of sharpness is not as good (at least, not for me.)

I just checked the exif data. The final image I took tonight is number 300,9726. This D800 was purchased in May of 2013. "They" say that professional photographers need to replace their bodies every two years.

When the D4s arrives, I will be sending this to my favorite repair shop, Peachtree in Marietta, GA.

Good use out of that D800...held up really well...greetings from Whatcom.

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NearerNirvana Senior Member • Posts: 1,149
How many?

User5173609126 wrote:

I just checked the exif data. The final image I took tonight is number 300,9726. This D800 was purchased in May of 2013.

Good Lord! You average >400 photos a day? Do must shoot a lot of timelapses(?)

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NearerNirvana Senior Member • Posts: 1,149
Re: How many shutter actuations do you REALLY get from a camera?

This site collects user data for various cameras:

http://www.olegkikin.com/shutterlife/sitemap.php

Probably not enough on newer cameras for a real-World figure

rbhix New Member • Posts: 10
Re: How many?

NearerNirvana wrote:

User5173609126 wrote:

I just checked the exif data. The final image I took tonight is number 300,9726. This D800 was purchased in May of 2013.

Good Lord! You average >400 photos a day? Do must shoot a lot of timelapses(?)

My wife's D750 just went back to Nikon due to a black shadow/bar/stripe across the lower 20% of the pictures (intermittently about 40% of the time for the past week or so). It previously went to Nikon a couple of months ago for the ERR message and refusal to focus.  That time Nikon replaced the shutter mechanism and made various adjustments.  I just checked her last photo before sending it off, and her shutter count was 109,000 in 13 months.  She used CH a lot for bird photography.  We'd never considered the shot count life of a shutter before.

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rbhix New Member • Posts: 10
Re: How many?

P.S.

In Photoshop CC, open a picture, select File Info from the File dropdown menu, then in the info window, select Raw Data. Search for <aux:ImageNumber> to get the number of releases.

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L Copps Contributing Member • Posts: 694
Re: How many shutter actuations do you REALLY get from a camera?
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If you have a Mac, you can get your shutter count without a program.  Just open your latest NEF file with Preview, then go to Tools->Show Inspector->Nikon Tab.   You will see your shutter count.

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rbhix New Member • Posts: 10
Re: How many shutter actuations do you REALLY get from a camera?

Good to know, thanks.

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historianx Senior Member • Posts: 2,453
Re: How many shutter actuations do you REALLY get from a camera?
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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?

Not a Nikon, but my old Olympus E-5 not only survived falling off a docked boat at  Lake Havasu AZ, but had 231,000 clicks on its shutter when I gave it to a relative.  He's still shooting with it 3 years later.

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