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Shutter Actuations
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July 30, 2012
8:23 am
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Very simple question here, but I’m curious if others worry about this or not. So, lately I’ve been taking tons of pictures of my son playing soccer, an air show, and other activities where there is movement by the subjects I’m trying to photograph. I’ve kept my camera on burst mode and have been blasting through quite a few shots showing sequences of events or just trying to capture the best shot as the action takes place.

My question is, do people give any worry at all to how many shutter actuations they are using? I’m sure there is a limited number of pictures a camera will take before it needs replacing. Do most people just set it on burst mode (when appropriate) and just let the photos fly?

I’m not too concerned about this, but I am curious what others think about this.

Thanks! ;)

August 7, 2012
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What is burst mode? It’s like Continuous Low or Continuous High on NIKON?
I read in the internet that for instance for a D60 it is expected to perform at least 100 000 photos with no shutter problems. But the right way to know this is contacting the brand. They make a lot of tests on it. In my opinion you should try to use the continuous focus on your camera instead of taking several pictures of the same subject, for various reasons:
1 – You spare your camera for over working.
2 – You spare time in chosing the pictures and download it to computer.
3 – You spare pictures because you dont have to choose from so many.
The continuos focus AF-C and the 3d focus (please ask Oksana about this) follow the subject in movement, you lock the subject only once and then it follows the subject always in focus until you take the picture.
I use the CL some of the times also, when I’m at a horse race or sailing events, but it’s so many similar photos that I’m trying to change this method.

August 14, 2012
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Here is another opinion of a friend of mine related with the expected shutter actuations: “The shutter can be replaced and when the camera reches the 150.000 it doesn’t mean it dies the second you press the shutter. It could just as well survive 300.000 shots or – if you are unlucky – die after 35.000 shots. In the last case Canon usually replaces the shutter without extra costs.” It is expected for instance that the D700 could do 200,000 shutter actuations, and Canon 5D Mark III 150,000. Really it does not matter because the sutter of a camera can be replaced.

August 21, 2012
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Very informative, danielaportel, and a good question ISO_KO. I often gave this some thought as well.

June 10, 2013
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Hi ISO_KC. It sounds like you really enjoy capturing subjects in motion. A couple thoughts in no particular order.

Fire away. Worry later  It’s better to get the shot and lament the premature death of your camera than to regret not getting the shot in the first place. And keep a camera (any camera/smartphone) with you. So many times life has sent me a beautiful shot, only to catch me without a camera.

Sniper vs. Machine Gun  Change tactics. I’m getting an interesting parody in my head, so I’m gonna run with it… Instead of taking pictures Rambo-style, spraying the soccer field with shots hoping to snag the perfect one of your son blocking the kick, try anticipating where he’s going to be (sniper-style), prefocus, and let him enter your frame. Oksana covers this in one of her videos. Works wonders! And will save you a few actuations.

Preventive maintenance  Keep your machine in tip-top shape by letting an authorized shop give it a good service. Keep an eye on your mileage…er…shutter count and bring it in for service say once a year or every 30-40,000 shots. It won’t hurt and might extend your camera’s life.

When the camera breaks…  It’s not if, it’s when. But when it happens, either get it fixed if it’s not too cost prohibitive (chances are it will be — aka planned obsolescence) or…

Consider purchasing a mirrorless camera  Fewer moving parts means fewer parts that can break. Plus, they have continuous fire rates that rival or surpass those of top-shelf professional bodies. And the prices of these will have you doing cartwheels! Plus they’re super-portable and deliver excellent results.

Good luck and keep shooting!


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