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    Default Does shutter count matter

    Hi,

    I'm new to dslr cameras, so I'm planning to buy a decent 2nd hand one to get the hang of it, and to see if it's really my thing. Was looking into Nikon 40/60 and I was wondering if the shutter count of the camera matters. I went to TCW and they said it didnt matter and were pretty pissed off when I asked them the shutter count of that camera (cause i didnt know how to check) :X

    So does shutter count really matter? and would it affect the camera greatly? thanks.

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    Default Re: Does shutter count matter

    I give you an example. Shutter Count & Mileage

    Shutter count say how many shots the camera had fired, and so does Mileage says how far the car has travelled. These figures show how they have been used. A 3 year car may have only clocked less than 100,000 km, well maintained and so on. The choice is yours to "test drive", check physical appearance, IQ etc before purchase. Some camera model has a shutter life of 100,000, so you decide if its acceptable after knowing the shutter count of camera.

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    It is a probability, a mean estimated time to failure. With a large enough sampling of users, it should get close to the estimated mean by the manufacturer.

    A same device can clock much longer mileage than estimated, whereas some fails might just fail on the first day.

    Of course.. for a 2nd hand camera, a higher shutter count in a way means it is more used and probability of the shutter unit wearing out is higher than one with a low shutter count.

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    hi this question has been asked many many times already. do a search for more comprehensive results on whether or not it matters, and also the method of checking.

    in essence, each camera has a stated maximum shutter count, but one would usually not hit the maximum shutter count in quite a number of years. by then you would probably have changed or upgraded your camera. then again, its also possible to change the shutter even if you've maxed it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hotlouse View Post
    I went to TCW and they said it didnt matter and were pretty pissed off when I asked them the shutter count of that camera (cause i didnt know how to check)
    How come they are pissed ..

    U can check the file of the last pic taken with 3rd party softwares like Opanda , Kuso EXIF viewers, Photoshop itself etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeremyteocx View Post
    hi this question has been asked many many times already. do a search for more comprehensive results on whether or not it matters, and also the method of checking.
    LOL. Has anything under the sun / moon / stars / florencent lamp / internal-external flashes... not been discussed before?

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    If u see 2 car on sale, same make, colour, design, external appearance etc ... and same price.

    Odometer:
    1st car - 7,000 km
    2nd car - 99,000km..............

    Which one would be your preference bro?
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    OK, I see. but what is the estimation for maximum shutter, such as D40/60? and is 10K a high/medium/low shutter count? is a camera considered well used/old with 10K shutter count?
    I have no experience about it. thanks for clarifying.

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    Higher shutter counts means more usage.
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    do you know how much to change D80 shutter ? have anyone tried before ? thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by hotlouse View Post
    I went to TCW and they said it didnt matter and were pretty pissed off when I asked them the shutter count of that camera (cause i didnt know how to check)
    Of course they are pissed if you question their offer. Cause chances are good that you will discover something fishy. Check this thread about a fellow photographer and his experience with TCW. Better have a good look at the Classifieds here to have a second reference.
    Take your time before you spend your money, read carefully and check multiple sources. For a beginner it might be better to get a 2nd hand set from a photographer rather than from a shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dimashp View Post
    do you know how much to change D80 shutter ? have anyone tried before ? thanks
    I don't think that's something someone can do at home on kitchen table. Nikon Service Centre is your friend. They have a price list also for standard activities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hotlouse View Post
    Hi,

    I'm new to dslr cameras, so I'm planning to buy a decent 2nd hand one to get the hang of it, and to see if it's really my thing. Was looking into Nikon 40/60 and I was wondering if the shutter count of the camera matters. I went to TCW and they said it didnt matter and were pretty pissed off when I asked them the shutter count of that camera (cause i didnt know how to check) :X

    So does shutter count really matter? and would it affect the camera greatly? thanks.

    to me, it doesnt really matter if the price is really right... cos there is alot of other thing that might fail before the shuttler fails... i read about shuttler button failiing young too... just feel right before u purchase, and ask for best price lor... but D100 or D200 should be better 2nd hand buy bah... cos they are design tougher... but not sure if they fall into your budget...
    life is but a dream...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Octarine View Post
    Of course they are pissed if you question their offer. Cause chances are good that you will discover something fishy. Check this thread about a fellow photographer and his experience with TCW. Better have a good look at the Classifieds here to have a second reference.
    Take your time before you spend your money, read carefully and check multiple sources. For a beginner it might be better to get a 2nd hand set from a photographer rather than from a shop.
    sigh. ok thanks (: THanks to all for all the input and pm teaching me what and how to look out for a 2nd cam. I really appreciate it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Octarine View Post
    Of course they are pissed if you question their offer. Cause chances are good that you will discover something fishy. Check this thread about a fellow photographer and his experience with TCW. Better have a good look at the Classifieds here to have a second reference.
    Take your time before you spend your money, read carefully and check multiple sources. For a beginner it might be better to get a 2nd hand set from a photographer rather than from a shop.
    Mmm agreed,

    It's always better to get from a fellow photographer than the shop, they are businessmen, after all. Haha...

    Cowz.

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