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    Hi, was wondering is there any lifetime in camera and lenses on how many shots?

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    No if properly used and kept. Or perhaps minor repair needed to keep them going. Like changing of light meter, fixing and cleaning shutter, aperture blades etc.

    For DSLRs, they are said to have a shutter life of 50k clicks. After which u can change the shutter again.
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    hmm 50k clicks.. but how do we know if the shutter is failing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kezane View Post
    hmm 50k clicks.. but how do we know if the shutter is failing?
    You dun until it ACTUALLY fails...
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    Quote Originally Posted by kezane View Post
    hmm 50k clicks.. but how do we know if the shutter is failing?
    In canon, you'd get an error99 message. There's no way to see if it's starting to fail. It can be perfect for one moment, and failed the next. A failed shutter means you can't shoot at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kezane View Post
    Hi, was wondering is there any lifetime in camera and lenses on how many shots?
    As for lenses... Well, some of mine were made in 1986 and still work perfectly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rashkae View Post
    As for lenses... Well, some of mine were made in 1986 and still work perfectly.
    woah.. thats 22 years..

    i wonder anybody encounter this before..

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    anyway thanks alot for answering my question

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    Different cameras are expected to last different numbers of years.D3 lasts 300k cycles(i think) while my d200 is rated to last 100k cycles.

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    Forgot to add:This figure is not a magic number.The more times you use the burst shooting mode,the shorter your shutter lasts.ie. my d200 shutter can last 100k+/- shots

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    Quote Originally Posted by kezane View Post
    woah.. thats 22 years..

    i wonder anybody encounter this before..
    Most of the Sony/KM users have encountered this.
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    Do we need to do regulate servicing or maintainence for the lens?
    How long before do we need to send in our lens of servicing or cleaning etc?
    Is there like a standard time/period or use till something starts to fail?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hsq7575 View Post
    Do we need to do regulate servicing or maintainence for the lens?
    How long before do we need to send in our lens of servicing or cleaning etc?
    Is there like a standard time/period or use till something starts to fail?
    It's not a car...you don't send it for regular servicing. You send it for servicing when something is spoilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kezane View Post
    woah.. thats 22 years..

    i wonder anybody encounter this before..
    alot of MF lenses from various brands can last a few decades...if u go to the camera shops at Penisula, it's not uncommon to see MF lenses dating 30-40 yrs...

    I dun have any personal experience with the AF lenses failing. However, someone had told me that AF lenses' SWM or USM will fail after 5-7 yrs...

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    Quote Originally Posted by coolsigg View Post
    I dun have any personal experience with the AF lenses failing. However, someone had told me that AF lenses' SWM or USM will fail after 5-7 yrs...
    yipe!

    haha, guess its kinda expected. I recall my physics tutor telling me a few years back: "The more moving parts a machine has, the faster it'll malfunction/less hardy is it" Applies to a lot of things, really

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    my granddad's Canon FTb still working in my hands only draw back is the spring inside is old already cant shoot accurately at 1s, never serviced once oh its 37 years old btw

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    http://www.karlgrobl....er.htm

    There's a picture and some writing about broken shutter

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    Quote Originally Posted by calebk View Post
    It's not a car...you don't send it for regular servicing. You send it for servicing when something is spoilt.
    Ok...................

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    In addition to mechanical components, digital cameras also have more electronic parts in them, and electronics can fail suddenly without warning, like CCD malfunction or burnout. I've got film cameras (both manual and autofocus models) that are more than a decade++ old but still function perfectly, however I will not hold onto any DSLR for more than 2 years.

    Good lenses, if cared for properly, can last several years, but probably not as long as the old manual focus lenses because AF lenses have more gears and moving parts.
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