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18 May 2008 @ 12:41 pm
I did not know that!  
Apparently lower end digital SLRs have a small enough shutter life that it's actually a concern when buying a used one. The low end ones tend to have ~20k shutter actuations in them and the higher end about 300k. There's even an on line data base where people can enter in the number of shutter actuations they've had (there is apparently software to query your camera.)

Now it's true for the average consumer, 20k is a lot of photos (1 picture a day for 56 years) but is still in the realm of possible.
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Nathan: photonathanw on May 18th, 2008 07:36 pm (UTC)
Huh, I did not know that either. Is this something that is at all repairable, or if it goes, is it just time for a new camera?

20k sounds to me more like "100 days where I take 200 pictures", and that's really easy to imagine doing over several years. I seem to be at about 1000 pictures per year, and that's without even thinking of being a hobbyist photographer, and just having one around at events and stuff.
Someone I am is waiting for my courageforgotten_aria on May 18th, 2008 07:39 pm (UTC)
I beleive the repair is expensive enough that it's just time for a new camera.