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12-15-2012, 06:05 PM   #1
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New shutter - problematic or just routine?

I plan on getting a used body - probably 40D or 50D - and I notice some for sale already have replacement shutters. I have a few questions:

1) Is fitting a new shutter an easy job, or does it risk throwing some parameters out of alignment unless it's done very carefully?

2) Would you anticipate any differences between a Canon fitter and an independent person/lab?

3) If a camera already has a new shutter and we presume 50-100,000 actuations, are there any other parts of a body that are also at risk of wearing out?

Just wanting to know if high-mileage cameras should be avoided or if a new shutter is a simple matter and gives the camera another few years of good life.

Pros and cons?

12-15-2012, 06:12 PM   #2
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You might want to pose this question on a Canon-centric Web site. This being the Pentax Forums, the Canon expertise here might be a little thin.

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Damn - late at night here in the UK. Wrong forum! But while we're on the subject, how does this affect Pentax bodies? I'm also tempted to buy a Pentax body.

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Just like cars, the more mileage a camera has, the more likely stuff is to break. While the shutter is usually the first thing to fail, electronics can also go bad, and buttons can break off, etc (especially given how plasticky certain Canon bodies are).

You should be able to find an affordable 40D with a relatively low shutter count, though. Also, I wouldn't let anyone repair my camera unless they are authorized by Canon.

I'm going to leave this thread in the DSLR forum because it addresses a general topic

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