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Shutter Life

James Calron , Nov 26, 2007; 03:07 p.m.

So I'm wondering...for the D300 it shows a shutter life of about 150,000 and the D3 about 300,000. My question is, when your shutter 'dies' how do you get this repaired? I'm assuming a new shutter can be placed in the camera, but is this feasable, meaning would it make the camera new again (or as new as it'll be given the circumstances) Also, does anyone have an estimated price to get a shutter replaced? Will the new shutter affect anything such as image quality or can you simple replace the shutter and shoot for another 150,000 or whatever the case is for the particular camera? Thanks in advance!


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Craig Shearman , Nov 26, 2007; 03:19 p.m.

I don't know the answer to Brendan's question but I find the question of shutter life very interesting. 150,000 shots sounds like a lot, and would probably last the average shooter many years. But there are many PJ-style wedding photographers, for example, who talk about routinely shooting 1,000 images at a wedding (even if they say they're giving the bride 500, there's the frames shot to frames delivered ratio to consider). For thsoe kinds of numbers, that means the camera is good for only 150 weddings. If you're shooting 50 weddings a year, that's three years. Never heard of having to toss a Hasselblad after three years. I wonder what the shutter cycle ratings were on film cameras?

Ronald Moravec , Nov 26, 2007; 03:38 p.m.

Film cameras are about the same except for Leica M with cloth shutter curtains. These last 400,000 without showing signs of wear by design. I know people who put 250,000 on them and they still work.

The Canon rep said their camerras come in sometimes with 1,000,000 actuations on them, pro cameras that is, not Rebels.

Michael Bradtke , Nov 26, 2007; 03:44 p.m.


If you shot a Hassy that much in three years you would be replacing parts on it.That would be 12500 rolls of film at a cost of somewhere around $52000. Thats for the film alone...

So I can see where replacing the shutter in a DSLR ofter 3 years of use is cheep compared to film.

Right now a lot of people are changing cameras faster then every Three years.


Dave Lee , Nov 26, 2007; 04:04 p.m.

Hasselblads and other cameras used by pros are overhauled once a year. There are 40+ year old Hasselblads still out there clicking away. As for digital cameras, yes, the shutter unit can be replaced.

James Calron , Nov 26, 2007; 04:19 p.m.

^^thanks for the replies, any idea on costs?

David Bookbinder , Nov 26, 2007; 05:16 p.m.

Why not call Nikon Service and ask? No doubt they have a repair schedule for each of their cameras, for this issue.

Michael Bradtke , Nov 26, 2007; 05:17 p.m.

Probably some where in the $250 to $350 range. Wearing the shutter out is not something I would be worried about.


James Calron , Nov 26, 2007; 06:30 p.m.

Awesome, thanks a lot guys, I appreciate it.

Russ Rosener , Nov 26, 2007; 07:06 p.m.

You can be sure that whatever it costs to replace the shutter it will exceed the value of your old camera. Planned obsolescence comes to mind....

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