How long should your DSLR last?
I have no idea since it depends on how often you use it and how you baby it.
I have 4 DSLRs and I only have 2 hands.
All but the 40D is in good working condition. That particular camera has its days and is probably due for a repair.
A best guess is usually based on how many shutter actuations (fancy speak for how many times the shutter has been tripped) assuming that you never drop the camera or use it as a bashing implement.
The most vulnerable part of a camera body is the usually the shutter followed next by the lens mount.
The shutter is under the most stress on the entire camera body because that little piece has to provide let in light for durations of 1/8000 sec and perhaps 30 seconds.
The tension in the springs to generate that and then to dampen the vibration is enormous.
I was curious about what happens when a DSLR is refurbished since I bought one recently.
An online search turned up this free application (Windows only)Â by the name ofÂ EOS info which can read the number of shutter actuations.
Nikon users can tryÂ Opanda IExif. Please note I say try. I haven’t tried that since I don’t have a Nikon DSLR handy.
Perhaps one of you Nikon shooters who read this blog can test this and let me know under comments.
Attach your DSLR to your computer with a USB cable and then launch EOS Info.
Check that number against the database found onÂ http://www.olegkikin.com/shutterlife/
Canon users, if you don’t find your model, in the search field enter “Canon EOSâ€¦â€¦”Â Don’t forget the letters EOS.
So how accurate is this? After I read the number for my Canon 5D Mark 2, I fired off one frame and then reconnected the camera to my wife’s old Windows laptop, launched EOS info and lo and behold, the counter changed by one.
Is this useful info?
I think so if you’re thinking of buying a used camera.
It’s probably like the odometer reading on an automobile.
Low mileage = low shutter actuations.
I went online and looked up camera destruction, found this video. Not for the faint hearted.