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    Hi all, i don't have a DSLR but is intending to get one maybe a second hand D90 (hoping that the price will drop), but my friend advise me not to get second hand cos cheaper 2nd hand camera has higher shutter count, which means higher risk of wear and tear.

    I understand that DSLR's shutter count can go as much as 100K, so i am curious to what happen next? is the camera GG? if send to service center mean the shutter count restart?

    thanks

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    The shutter component can be replaced. Prices will vary with the differet brands and models. Check with the respecive service centres

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    depending on the model, shutters are normally rated to last from 50k to a few hundred thousands.
    Do note that it's just a gauge given by the manufacturer, your shutter can fail way earlier or way pass those figures.
    When your shutter fails, you can just have it replaced at the respective service centers. price varies between models as well.
    As for purchasing second hand bodies, make sure you check your shutter count via softewares / get the seller to have it checked out at the service center to confirm the actual shutter count. Do note take for granted that the count quoted by the seller is accurate.

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    Thanks for the info

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    Default Re: Curious about shutter count

    all this focus on the shutter count.... it's not the only thing on the camera body that can fail due to age or prolonged use. What about the LCD screen? the info display inside the viewfinder? the pop-up flash? the battery? the af motor?

    if you buy a 2nd hand camera, there's always a certain amount of risk. It's just something you have to accept.
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    ZCA has a good point. Buying 2nd hand comes with risk and in return you'll get a significant (which can be subjective) reduction in price. To mitigate such risk, we have to do some homework to know what you're getting. If you can afford to buy new, go ahead. Warranty will be your safety net. For those who just cannot afford a brand new one, 2nd hand is still a good choice. So it all boils down to the individual. If somebody ask me "which is better new or 2nd hand", I'll always answer with a question "What can you afford?"

    On a personal note, my first DSLR was 3rd hand. Now it has moved on to be a 4th hand. So far running well with the current owner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wilfred01 View Post
    Hi all, i don't have a DSLR but is intending to get one maybe a second hand D90 (hoping that the price will drop), but my friend advise me not to get second hand cos cheaper 2nd hand camera has higher shutter count, which means higher risk of wear and tear.

    I understand that DSLR's shutter count can go as much as 100K, so i am curious to what happen next? is the camera GG? if send to service center mean the shutter count restart?

    thanks
    Maybe you can consider new set as the price is cheaper now and 12+3 months warranty by Nikon Spore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sherchoo View Post
    ZCA has a good point. Buying 2nd hand comes with risk and in return you'll get a significant (which can be subjective) reduction in price. To mitigate such risk, we have to do some homework to know what you're getting. If you can afford to buy new, go ahead. Warranty will be your safety net. For those who just cannot afford a brand new one, 2nd hand is still a good choice. So it all boils down to the individual. If somebody ask me "which is better new or 2nd hand", I'll always answer with a question "What can you afford?"

    On a personal note, my first DSLR was 3rd hand. Now it has moved on to be a 4th hand. So far running well with the current owner.
    thanks for the vote of confidence

    most of my gear is 2nd hand, incl my D90, my UWA, my primes, my flashes, even my filters.
    I've decided the price was good and the risk was acceptable. Whatever happens I gotta bear the responsibility that's all.
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    Ya my 500d is also a 2nd hand bought from here...

    no problems with buying 2nd hand so long as you know what u are doing..
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    Thanks for the info.

    Curious if is there any tell tale sign that the shutter need a replacement? Generally nikon shutter replacement is priced at?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wilfred01 View Post
    Thanks for the info.

    Curious if is there any tell tale sign that the shutter need a replacement? Generally nikon shutter replacement is priced at?
    after you shoot many thousands of photos, you should be familiar with the sound of the shutter actuation and mirror slap (the louder sound is the mirror)

    If it sounds a bit different, time to pay closer attention. If the shutter is slow enough to interfere with the capturing of the image, then it's pretty obvious...
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    anyway for a layman to check shutter count or must it be done professionally?

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    Quote Originally Posted by thelight View Post
    anyway for a layman to check shutter count or must it be done professionally?
    Depends on camera brand and model. For some (iirc, Nikon) it can be directly derived from the image taken. For some Canon models it must be done in Service Center, for other models there are various types of software available in the Internet. Search for 'check shutter count' here ..
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    for Nikon, just open the latest image with Opanda IExif, scroll down and there's a row for the shutter count.

    http://www.opanda.com/en/iexif/

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    Yes it will say Total number of Shutter Count.. accurate no.

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