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07-24-2018, 02:36 AM - 6 Likes   #1
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R.I.P. K-30 - Shutter count: 91546

My first DSLR - a K-30 - reached the 91546 shutter count and the mirror has locked up permanently. I bought the camera in 2013 March.

I hoped it will work until reaching the factory designed 100'000 shutter actuations. Now I don't trust the official data, I will count for 10% less. The aperture block issue was also starting.

Here are three memories I captured with it:






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QuoteOriginally posted by 08amczb Quote
My first DSLR - a K-30 - reached the 91546 shutter count and the mirror has locked up permanently.
Sorry to hear that You got incredibly good use out of it, though.

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I hoped it will work until reaching the factory designed 100'000 shutter actuations. Now I don't trust the official data, I will count for 10% less.
The estimated shutter life on any camera is no guarantee that it will last that long, nor that it will instantly fail if you go past that number. I'd consider 90k+ to be very close to the 100k estimate. Some people will get 110k... it's just the way it goes. Think of it like a set of tyres for your car... you'd expect to get 20k+ miles from the front tyres, but you might only get 18k, or maybe you'll get 25k. There are no guarantees.

For that reason, when buying a used camera, I would always go for a low shutter count example. Something with 10k actuations and an estimated 100k life span isn't necessarily going to have exactly 90k shutter actuations remaining... but it's likely to have plenty of life left. Conversely, I wouldn't buy one with 60 - 70k actuations, unless it was incredibly cheap, as that might go within a few thousand shots. Of course, it could keep on trucking for years to come - but there's more chance of it failing...
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Sorry to hear but at least you got 91K. Nice photos by the way.
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Some great shots. I don't think your K-30 owes you much.

My 645Z is nearly 50% above its estimated shutter life. Statistics are all about bell curves....

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Sorry to hear. Nice shots!
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Impressive IMO! As far as I know there was never an official durability figure quoted for the K-30. The flagship model at the time (the K-5) was rated for 100k, so I'd say that's pretty good

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Great news. Now you have a reason to buy some new gear!
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18k shots per annum is a good average, that's just over 1500 shots per month, the camera's done well imo

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Yes, I think the camera served me a lot. I read the 100'000 actuations on multiple sites, but I can't find any official statement.

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Great news. Now you have a reason to buy some new gear!
I hope I win a K-1. I need a second body, now I have only the KP
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QuoteOriginally posted by 08amczb Quote
Yes, I think the camera served me a lot. I read the 100'000 actuations on multiple sites, but I can't find any official statement.



I hope I win a K-1. I need a second body, now I have only the KP
Good grief, you have a KP and are complaining about your well used K-30 not reaching 100,000 shutter count, I think it treated you really well especially in light of the aperture block failures they have. I've never seen any "official" shutter count information on the K-30 or the K-50 unlike the K-3 on up which Pentax releases that information.
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QuoteOriginally posted by 08amczb Quote
I have only the KP
LOL.

Move on.
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The KP is good, but I need something at weddings. I shoot with primes, and Its much easier to change cameras then change lenses. Even where I use a zoom, I put a fast prime on the second body. The other aspect is failures. I've dropped only a Tamron 18-200 at the beginnings, but I must prepare to extremes. A backup body is mandatory I think.

I liked my K-30, that was my first camera, I've learned photography with that.

My plan was to get a K-1/K-1II and use the KP as backup, but now I would like to buy a bigger house first.
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Sounds like another KP should be arriving soon! Or if you want to save up some, the K-70 should make a great backup.
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Sounds like another KP should be arriving soon! Or if you want to save up some, the K-70 should make a great backup.
No, I don't buy another APS-C body, the KP is a perfect travel/backup body. I have three local Pentaxian friends who can lend me a K-50 in emergency.
I have 24, 31, 35, 43, 50, 55, 77, 100, 200 FF/Compatible AF primes, it's time to use the whole image circle.
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