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09-19-2014, 06:37 AM   #1
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Shutter count?

So I'm new to DSLR's and just saw this term being used. Common sense dictates it measures how many pictures you have taken with your body. What worried me is that I had no idea the shutter fails after certain count. Meaning since I'm new to taking pictures I take a lot to experiment etc and now I'm afraid I will feel limited to only taking the necessary? Is that a valid worry? Around what shutter count does the body fail (speaking in average terms)? Maybe it's a huge amount and I don't have to worry.

I have a K50 if it matters.

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09-19-2014, 06:43 AM   #2
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The K-50 is on the hook for a 100k shutter clicks, so I wouldn't worry about it. Like yourself, I'm new to this, too. I've put 13k clicks on my K-50 since February. You'll find that you slow down after a while. I took 500 shots at a tulip festival earlier this year, but I bet I would take maybe 200-300 now. You start getting more discriminate in what you deem worthy of a shot, as you get more practice and familiarity. That's how it's been for me anyway. I would throw limits out the window, and just go for it
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QuoteOriginally posted by Moropo Quote
So I'm new to DSLR's and just saw this term being used. Common sense dictates it measures how many pictures you have taken with your body. What worried me is that I had no idea the shutter fails after certain count. Meaning since I'm new to taking pictures I take a lot to experiment etc and now I'm afraid I will feel limited to only taking the necessary? Is that a valid worry? Around what shutter count does the body fail (speaking in average terms)? Maybe it's a huge amount and I don't have to worry.

I have a K50 if it matters.

Thanks.
The amount of mileage a shutter needs in order to fail (on average) is pretty high. I wouldn't worry too much about your shutter count

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It's not unusual to worry about it. Digital makes it easy to run up the shutter count. The rating is high but it's also an average, like hard drives are rated. So you could be the unlucky victim at 30,000 or go 300,000 without trouble.

The warranty covers the early shutter failures, a year or more. Then it's a race between the repair costs, camera depreciation and technology. In five years, technology will probably advance so you really want the 2019 model, whatever that is, even if the K50 still works fine.

If you are experimenting, the education value offsets the possible cost. Just a couple of photography courses equals the cost of a shutter replacement.

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Is the K3 in the 100K range as well? It has the smoothest, nicest sounding shutter out of all my cams.
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Pretty sure it's 200k for the K-3.

Yep -- 200k

https://www.pentaxforums.com/camerareviews/pentax-k-3.html
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As an engineer I can assure you it is very hard to design something mechanical with a good probability of lasting 100k (the rated count) that won't last double that. So very good chance that you will be fine on shutter count.
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The upper tier cameras sure have a different sound. Going back to my old camera shocks me sometimes.

I think the first rated shutter was in the K10D. It went along with the weather sealing. Then the ratings were only for the upper-tier cameras for a while.

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Shoot and don't worry!
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My K20d's shutter count is far in excess of it's predicted 100K range. Pushing close to 200,000 shutter actuations at this point, with no visible sign of image degradation. So I'd say snap away.
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I would agree with all the comments above. There are other things that will fail before a Pentax shutter will, such as your original SD card, maybe your flash gun, or the SDM in a lens... and definitely your phone!!
So no, I would not worry about it. If you are going to refrain from "shooting away", do so only because then you'll have to sort through a lot of photos, not because your shutter will fail.
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I'm guessing the shutter count is in the filename? Mine is 248-3186, so my camera has 3186 shots on it?
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Filename can be wrong, very wrong. Check this instead: Check Shutter Count & Camera Manufacture Date Online - EXIF Reader
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That number resets at 9999 in my K-50. Mine currently says 2566 (or something like that) and when I checked with the PF onsite checker, my number was right around the 12600 mark.
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