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Life of a DSLR

Rakesh Dhareshwar , Apr 28, 2005; 11:07 a.m.

I have now bought a Nikon D70, and am really shooting day-in day out. Obviously there is going to be wear and tear . But i have heard that a D70 shutter life is about 50000 clicks and that roughly translates into 4-5 yrs after which u have to change the shutter....which is as costly as buying a new camera???? any one who can shed light on this?

Thanx for the response...


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Conrad Weiser , Apr 28, 2005; 11:15 a.m.

After 4-5 years, if the shutter fails in your D70 you probably won't mind buying a whole new DSLR. In that time they'll become much better and cheaper than your D70.

Rakesh Dhareshwar , Apr 28, 2005; 11:20 a.m.

guess...it is true.....

Mark Jordan , Apr 28, 2005; 11:31 a.m.

I have to agree with Conrad...I also would assume the 50k actuations to be a conservative estimate. Look at it this way...it's the equivalent of roughly 1,400 rolls of film. If you figure $10 a pop for a processed roll of slides it's not costly at all.

Shun Cheung , Apr 28, 2005; 11:32 a.m.

50000 shots over 5 years means 10K images a year or about 200 per week, week after week. Do you really shoot that much? That is the equivalent of over 5 rolls of 36 per week, for every week over 5 years.

I have had a D100 for close to 3 years and certainly haven't shot nearly that much.

Rich Dutchman , Apr 28, 2005; 11:38 a.m.

My D100 shutter died around 30K cycles (10 months after I bought it). A technician told me that published numbers are meaningless - they shutter can go at any time.

Rakesh Dhareshwar , Apr 28, 2005; 11:52 a.m.

And how much did it cost to replace it...Rich???

Ricardo Ara├║jo , Apr 28, 2005; 11:57 a.m.

As far as i know, here in Portugal, shutter replacement will cost around 200 USD. And yes, both equipment and assistance is expensive here, at least compared to prices in other European countries.

Still, it is cheaper than buying a new D70.

Nikos Peri , Apr 28, 2005; 12:26 p.m.

I'm in the same shoes as Rich - my d100 blew it waaaaay before 50,000 cycles. But, had shutter replaced (mirror too) for something like 150 Euros.

Rich Dutchman , Apr 28, 2005; 01:13 p.m.

It was still under a one year warranty. This isn't a DSLR thing. I've blown shutters on three film SLRs.

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