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How many images can you take before the camera wears out?


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mj t , Jan 01, 2008; 01:17 p.m.

Opanda and Irfanview can show you the actuations for windows.

on the Mac, Graphics Converter or Preview (all built in).

Hakon Soreide , Jan 01, 2008; 01:21 p.m.

You can take 59,879 pictures with a camera. When you get to that number, a small device inside the camera - any camera - will ignite a small explosive device that makes the camera self destruct. Sometimes, camera manufacturers can also remote activate those devices when a new version of the same camera comes out so you have to buy the new one...

Matthew Currie , Jan 01, 2008; 01:27 p.m.

The mighty F is good for a zillion squintillion shots. F's don't wear out. When you even utter the phrase "wear out" in the vicinity of an F, black helicopters with slightly brassy corners swoop down and you are never heard from again.

Shun Cheung , Jan 01, 2008; 01:37 p.m.

The D80 uses exactly the same 10MP CCD sensor as the Sony A100, Pentax K10D, and Nikon D40x. Both the Sony and Pentax are supposed to be replaced by newer models before the PMA, which will start at the end of this month (January 31, 2008). Thom Hogan also points out that apparently (again, apparently), production for the D40x has already stopped.

Therefore, I would say the days that the D80 stays as a current model are numbered. If it doesn't get replaced by the PMA, most likely it'll be before the PhotoKina in September. I have no idea whether the new model will be called the D90 and what the difference are. I would imagine that popular recent features such as live view and sensor cleaning will be added. I, for one, can certainly live without them. In other words, if you are happy with the D80, it is not at all necessary to replace it in this go around, but obviously it'll all depend on what features are added to the new models.

P.S. Those old film bodies probably don't have all that many actuations. Back then, for every roll you load into the camera, there was film and processing cost. If you shot like crazy, those costs would wipe you out. That restriction is now long gone.

Peter Hamm , Jan 01, 2008; 02:01 p.m.

The only problem is, if they call it the D90, then when they replace it, they would have to call the next one the D100! We don't want THAT again!

So, I propose that they start giving them names that you can never run out of.

How's this... "Introducing the new Nikon RALPH digital camera!" (apologies to all named Ralph)... then they could have the RALPHxs, then the FRANK, then the BILLY, and so on...

Hakon, I'm going to be very careful to have my camera destroyed at exposure number 59,878 so I can avoid that unpleasant experience. I could put my eye out!

Ellis Vener , Jan 01, 2008; 02:09 p.m.

I actually wore out an F5 shutter. And I know a few photographers who back in the 1980s wore out not only the shutters on their F3HP cameras but also the aperture actuator levers. It wasn't easy but they did it.

Anthony Beach , Jan 01, 2008; 02:25 p.m.

It depends on how hard you drop it, and how many times; otherwise you should be able to simply replace worn components. The shutter is the most likely part to wear out (although there are others) and any part that wears out should be replaceable for another ten years or so (you could always cannibalize another D80 for parts).

The more important question might be how much would it cost and how much would you spend to replace the D80 with an even better camera in the future when it eventually fails? The bottom line is the camera should last long enough to become effectively obsolescent.

Stephen Lewis , Jan 01, 2008; 02:53 p.m.

Wow, 1000 actuations! I think you have a long time to go, if you are taking good care of your camera. Some of mine are almost 50 years old and still going strong.

Frank Uhlig , Jan 01, 2008; 04:43 p.m.

1000 pics is about 30 rolls of film. And I take about double that per year. I still have not worn out any film camera at that rate in decades ..

I am afraid you will be worn out before your camera is. Sorry to bring you the bad, sad news now. Happy New Year!

Dave Lee , Jan 01, 2008; 04:55 p.m.

I took 6300 photos with my D80 in the year that I owned it. It never had any issues and was going strong when I sold it. I expect my D300 to last many many years. I hope to be shooting with it 7 years from now, at least as a second body. It's that good to me.

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