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02-04-2012, 08:22 AM   #1
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How long does the shutter last?

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02-04-2012, 08:26 AM   #2
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Until it dies :-(

But seriously, from K10D on the actuation count is rated as 100 000+ times :-)
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02-04-2012, 09:05 AM   #3
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As said, Pentax DSLRs are generally rated for 100k shutter actuations, but this is not a hard wall. Lots of people will go over that number without issue, lots will upgrade to a new camera long before reaching it, and a lot will also have various other issues over their camera's lifespan that may require replacing it.

Best advice, don't even think about the shutter count. It's really the least of your worries. Just enjoy your camera for as long as it lasts.
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i take around 800 photos each month (28/day) since 2 years, i've barely hit the 20 000 click with my shutter. I have a lot of time before i hit the famous 100 000 click.

You should not worry about this. Very few people ever it this famous value.

And even if you hit this, your DSLR will still keep working (like cars guaranty for 300 000km, when you hit the 300 000km, your car doesn't fall apart in pieces...)

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So far I have not worn out a shutter mechanism on any of my Pentax cameras ( even my old film bodies). Shoot until it dies then upgrade.

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QuoteOriginally posted by slackercruster Quote
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Most are rated for at least 100,000 activations. However the shutters are a 3rd party part from Cobal who makes shutters for a lot of manufactors. Keep in mind you have the mirrorbox and many other moving parts.

I said some time ago I am not worried about the shutter in my K20D its everything around it. So far that has turned out to be true. My spring for the SD card door let go. My rear edail started to act up a bit. Now the camera does not remember the aperture setting. Only the aperture. Its not a setting issue. Something is wrong inside the unit. Its being repaired right now.

So in reality its almost impossible to gauge how long the useful life of today's dSLRs are. If everything around the shutter was made to live a very long time as it once was the shutter would be the limit. Times have changes IMO everything around the shutter is designed to last???

Do keep in mind I have owned my K20D for three years have over 53,000 pics on it. Used it daily and in bad weather.
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Mine, on a K10D, lasted about 30,000 before going up and never coming down. Had repaired and have used almost every day over the following 2-1/2 years.

Waiting to see what Pentax has planned as replacement for K-5.

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I think this is such a popular question because camera companies put so much emphasis on the shutter. "Shutter rated at 1,000,000". In reality, questions should be: "How long until pentax tries to seduce me to "upgrade" to a "better" camera?" "How long until my viewscreen goes out?" "How long until I drop my camera from 2 meters?" "How much do I shoot?". Like has been said, an infinite number of things are likely to happen before a shutter goes out. I've had the K-x and K-5 and shot to my hearts desire with no problems with anything. The K-x seemed to slowly backfocus more and more over the 30,000 clicks I put on it, but I was able to correct that with special settings.
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Depending on the model, the shutter is rated for either 50,000 or 100,000 clicks.
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QuoteOriginally posted by outsider Quote
I think this is such a popular question because camera companies put so much emphasis on the shutter. "Shutter rated at 1,000,000". In reality, questions should be: "How long until pentax tries to seduce me to "upgrade" to a "better" camera?" "How long until my viewscreen goes out?" "How long until I drop my camera from 2 meters?" "How much do I shoot?". Like has been said, an infinite number of things are likely to happen before a shutter goes out. I've had the K-x and K-5 and shot to my hearts desire with no problems with anything. The K-x seemed to slowly backfocus more and more over the 30,000 clicks I put on it, but I was able to correct that with special settings.
49875 on my 5 year old K200D. No issues yet.
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I put about 30,000 clicks on the k-x with no problems before I sold it (for $200 on our marketplace btw). My k-5 had about 5,000 clicks before I sold, with no problems. Some different brand dslr's share the same shutter, such as the pentax k-5 and nikon d7000. My Nikon D300 had about 5,000 clicks when I bought it used a little over 2 years ago. It now has just over 102,000 clicks and it still performs just as I bought it, with no shutter lag or problems whatsoever. By this time next year, it may have reached it's rated life of 150,000. The shutter is one of those things I think generally goes out all at once. Fine one second, gone the next. Hard to predict. This being said, shutter life seems almost exclusively related to camera specific manufacturing tolerances (that and how many times you drop or bang the camera body). It would be safe to say it could last for 300,000 clicks. It could also fail at 20,000 and less which has happend with many people. If your shutter reaches 75% of it's rated life, I'd say it would be time to start thinking about a backup/replacement if you don't have one already.

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QuoteOriginally posted by aurele Quote
i take around 800 photos each month (28/day) since 2 years, i've barely hit the 20 000 click with my shutter. I have a lot of time before i hit the famous 100 000 click.

You should not worry about this. Very few people ever it this famous value.

And even if you hit this, your DSLR will still keep working (like cars guaranty for 300 000km, when you hit the 300 000km, your car doesn't fall apart in pieces...)

Unless you shoot timelapses.. then 800 per DAY is not out of sight...
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Bought my K200D with only 1800 actuations, hope it will last long because this number increases quite fast^^ I easily fill a 8 Gb SD card on an afternoon trip, this is about 400+ RAW shots, just because I always take 2 to 5 shots of the same subject when I find a nice one, I know I've greater chances to get a perfect shot if I take several shots in a raw. Once, I had a very nice subject that I shot only once and the focus was a bit missed, I felt sad about that... Hopefully I don't go on shooting trip everyday but I've taken ~ 1400 shots in less than 1 month, this would do almost 18.000 shots per year, so I expect this K200D to work fine for a few years.

Anyway I think the way you store and use your camera has a great imact on its MTBF (mean time before failures), If you often drop it on your desk like a bag or intensively use SR and AF, use its WR abilities, let it exposed to heat, use it in very cold zones, etc. Best chances to last long in temperate zones with low % of humidity, using a good bag, avoid changing lenses in dusty environment, clean it once a month, clean your lenses rear side... a bit of periodic simple maintenance can make it last much longer IMO. You also have the luck factor, but this is out of control, maybe a shaman could help
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