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thewilliam
26 Jan 2012 - 2:54 PM

MPB has recently bought in some heavily used Nikon D700 and D200 camera bodies that have done 400k to 500k actuations yet still work perfectly. And these are Nikon's second-line bodies!

What's the highest actuation count that a reader has seen on a first-line body such as a D3 series?

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Nick_Hilton
26 Jan 2012 - 3:01 PM

A D700 thats done 500k I would say thats a well worn shutter. On the Nikon site it quotes 125k shutter actuations

thewilliam
26 Jan 2012 - 3:25 PM

Yes but the shutter still works. Of course, it might not be the original shutter.

One friend had a DCS 760 with over a million actuations on the clock with the original shutter and this camera had been used by his staff.

66tricky
66tricky  7742 forum posts Scotland
26 Jan 2012 - 4:02 PM

IIRC the MBTF for D700 shutter is 150k actuations. All of these are well over that but we need to remember that is the mean shutter count so we can expect a number to go on considerably longer, just as some will die very soon after purchase. It looks like they have had these from a single source (given the markings on them). Maybe used in a multi camera rig for capturing movement in 3d? As such they may well have been used solely in indoor, dry conditions, with minimal handling between shots which could explain the outstanding shutter life. If MPB are selling them as Exc- then they must have reasonable confidence that they aren't going to croak very soon or the buyer could, quite rightly, go back to them under SOGA.

66tricky
66tricky  7742 forum posts Scotland
26 Jan 2012 - 4:03 PM

Some real life D700 shutter life stats..

and D200

other cameras

Last Modified By 66tricky at 26 Jan 2012 - 4:04 PM
pulsar69
pulsar69  101611 forum posts United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2012 - 5:04 PM

Can you all stop removing my excuse to buy a new camera body Tongue

cameracat
cameracat  108578 forum posts Norfolk Island61 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2012 - 5:30 PM


Quote: MPB are selling them as Exc

These look like they might be " Ex-Police Force " cameras, I know that these models are used in and around London.

The shutter counts don't suprize me at all, Half a million actuations easy peasy, Though accuracy may be in doubt, So what else goes wrong, With D700s at such low prices, It might make a good buy, Then have Nikon fit a new shutter box and away you go for another 500,000.....Wink

Last Modified By cameracat at 26 Jan 2012 - 5:36 PM
Carabosse
Carabosse e2 Member 1139395 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2012 - 9:40 PM

How much is a new shutter box? I'm sure it can't cost a fortune. There's far too much hand-wringing over shutter actuations! Wink

Leif
Leif  9722 forum posts
26 Jan 2012 - 10:02 PM

Other stuff can go too. An electronic component on my D200 went, and that cost over 200 to fix. As for how long does a DSLR last, loads of old Nikkormats are still going strong 40 years after they were made. Japanese cameras do seem to be well made.

User_Removed
27 Jan 2012 - 1:19 PM

I think that the pragmatic answer to the question posed in the thread title is:

"Longer than any normal amateur photographer is likely to want to keep it."

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Just Jas
Just Jas  1225751 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2012 - 1:53 PM

Or until he drops it !

digicammad
digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2012 - 2:47 PM

Actually the calculation is

(Until he drops it + the length of time it takes to hit the ground)

Just Jas
Just Jas  1225751 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2012 - 8:50 PM

If he drops it from 1 metre height then the time becomes: (Until he drops it) +(0.4515 seconds) Grin

h= gt
1= x 9.81 x t
t= 2/9.81
t= 0.4515 seconds

Depending where he is, of course! Wink

Just substitute different values for the drop height h, if grabs you! Smile

And unless you are one of the newbies who reckon Newton was all to ****! Sad

Last Modified By Just Jas at 27 Jan 2012 - 8:52 PM
User_Removed
27 Jan 2012 - 9:57 PM


Quote: If he drops it from 1 metre height then the time becomes: (Until he drops it) +(0.4515 seconds) Grin

h= gt
1= x 9.81 x t
t= 2/9.81
t= 0.4515 seconds

Depending where he is, of course! Wink

Just substitute different values for the drop height h, if grabs you! Smile

And unless you are one of the newbies who reckon Newton was all to ****! Sad

It might work with apples. Not sure about cameras.

Wink

randomrubble
27 Jan 2012 - 10:02 PM


Quote: How much is a new shutter box? I'm sure it can't cost a fortune. There's far too much hand-wringing over shutter actuations! Wink

From bitter experience, it's about 500 for a 1-series Eos!

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