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    Default Lifespan of a DSLR.

    Hi typically how long can a DSLR last?

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    Default Re: Lifespan of a DSLR.

    what do you mean?
    in terms of shutter life?
    dslr model life cycle?
    if you keep wanting to change to a new model everytime 1 comes out
    the lifespan will be short indeed

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    Default Re: Lifespan of a DSLR.

    if you keep it in dry cab, the lifespan of camera is the lifespan of dry cab.

    if you keep it on your hands, the lifespan of camera is dependant on what you do with your hands.

    if you keep it on a field, left in the nature, left with raining, wet soil bla bla, the lifespan is only about 1 year.

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    Default Re: Lifespan of a DSLR.

    Quote Originally Posted by ronaldjace View Post
    if you keep it in dry cab, the lifespan of camera is the lifespan of dry cab.

    if you keep it on your hands, the lifespan of camera is dependant on what you do with your hands.

    if you keep it on a field, left in the nature, left with raining, wet soil bla bla, the lifespan is only about 1 year.
    i think it'll be less than one year.. hahaha

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    Sorry I mean the shutter life. Also how long will the camera moving parts last before it stop functioning properly if under proper care? Thanks.

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    Default Re: Lifespan of a DSLR.

    It depends on the DSLR concerned. But typically about 100, 000 cycles?

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    A very vague question, you have to tell us what do you exactly want to know of a life of a DSLR. Is it shutter life? Is it body life generally? etc. For shutter life, it depends on how you use your DSLR and whether the shutter is a defect. 90% of the time, your DSLR's lifespan mainly depends on how you use it.
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    I see generally I want to know about shutter and body life. On average how many years can they last on normal usage like using it once to twice per week. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by N15M0 View Post
    I see generally I want to know about shutter and body life. On average how many years can they last on normal usage like using it once to twice per week. Thanks.
    Nikon's D3 shutter is rated at 300,000 cycles. Do your math. If on average you are going to take 200 shots per each week, which is equivalent to 6 rolls of film, shutter will last for about 60 years. How old are you, by the way?
    Last edited by Hitz; 8th October 2007 at 12:10 AM.

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    it depends on so many factors, not just how often you bring it out for a walk
    1) how much you shoot each session
    2) how well you treat your camera, might play a part i suppose, if you drop your camera or bump it around a lot i guess it will not last as long?
    3) how well the manufacturer had manufactured your shutter unit

    so many factors, how to tell you
    don't ask, just shoot
    if you need it professionally then get more bodies as backup
    if backup body also cui then suck thumb and give up, the powers that be don't want you to take photo, so be a good boy/girl

    as mentioned already; most shutter units are rated for 100k shots for higher end models
    i think lower end models ~50k depending on brand
    but got people reflect 7k their shutter unit kena
    some people beyond 100k already still snapping away happily

    so once again, how to tell you?

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    Aiya...can last a long time one lah. My point and shoot camera, lend to this friend, that friend, scratch here and there, still happily snapping away. It has been four yrs now.

    It seems to me you are asking how long before the camera goes out of production and they don't make spare parts, lens, and such that you need to change camera if it spoils? Anyone has the answers? I dun

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    hey does anyone know what the average shutter life of a d80?

    thanks in advance

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    Quote Originally Posted by stupidbloke View Post
    hey does anyone know what the average shutter life of a d80?

    thanks in advance
    You can help by adding your data here : http://www.olegkikin.com/shutterlife/nikon_d80.htm
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    if you take care of your camera, i see no reason why it cannot last you your whole lifetime.

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    dude there is one reason your camera cant last you a life time...its called wear and tear. nothing is perfect in this world and something is bound to give way sooner or later (although most of us would prefer later)

    unlless:

    a) you bought your camera at 80yeras old
    b) you dont really use your camera very much and rather leave it sitting in ur dry caninet

    The question is how much later. its a matter of when not if.

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