It indicate how often the camera was used.
there is no actual figures say how long should a camera shutter should last, in real life.....
many people give up hobby long before their camera shutter failed.
many people sold off their camera long before their camera shutter failed.
many people upgrade to a newer camera long before their old camera shutter failed.
many people shoot very little, will take long long time for their camera shutter to fail.
so you see, you may not even have a change to see your own camera shutter fail.
anyway, in the event if the shutter do failed, be it 500D or 1D, you have really really already make full use of your camera.
you can chose to buy a new body, or replace a new shutter unit, but don't forget to buy 4D, cos you are super lucky, not every photographers able to shoot till camera shutter failed.
Was wondering, what if the shutter life die, will we still be able to snap without sending for service?
Very profound and philosophical... With plenty of insight, all of which, as mortals, we oft chose the easier path of ignorance. Gratitude to your enlightenment.
I will humbly attempt to prolong the lifespan of my camera shutter lest it expires on me, in which case I may require the kind assistance of our great MOH in putting a sticker on it to extend its Expiry date for another 3 years.
My max amount is about 400-600 shots in a single day (and it's for events)
Else I'd only go about 20-50 shots daily...