Too Many Actuations?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by lharvest, Mar 28, 2010.

  1. lharvest macrumors regular

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    Does anyone have any real world experience with how many actuations can be expected from a 40D? I believe Canon says about 100,000. If so, should I have no problem with buying a used 40D with around 40,000 actuations? With my XSi, I've put about 16,000 on in 18 months. So, I figure I would have about 5 and half years worth of camera if I remain at a similar pace.

    Am I thinking soundly or should I be more concerned?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. FX120 macrumors 65816

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    A shutter replacement isn't the end of the world...
     
  3. AlaskaMoose macrumors 65816

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    Sometimes it's hard to tell how many actuations have taken place. For example, sometime back my 40D got "weird" on me. A caution appeared on the screen indicating that the memory card was corrupt and that I needed to format it. I formatted it with the camera, and everything was fine after, except that the photo count began at 0001 instead of 6,995 or so.

    I would not worry too much about actuations if you are getting a good deal, but I would check with Canon to see how much a new shutter mechanism costs. The 40D is quite a nice camera. I plan to keep mine as backup when I upgrade to another body three years from now.
     
  4. Jaro65 macrumors 68040

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    Also, if you're jumping from an XSi to a 40D in 18 months, there is also a chance that in 18-24 months you may considering moving to a 7D. If you're getting a really good deal on that 40D, I wouldn't hesitate much.
     
  5. lharvest thread starter macrumors regular

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    The deal would be $475 for everything from the original box plus 3 Canon batteries (for a total of 4) and 4G CF card.

    It sounds reasonable given the high actuations.
     
  6. HBOC macrumors 68020

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    Is that deal on FredMiranda? I saw an ad for one with the same clicks.

    Seems kinda high priced for soo many clicks. I just bought one on ebay with 5000 clicks with 2 x 4GB cards, 3 batteries and everything for $650 shipped. Still more than i wanted to pay (well shipping was $18).

    A shutter replacement is about $250 or so. I know that people have gotten way more than the 150K that canon states the 1D series can endure. I am sure it doesn't just give out at 100K.

    For me, I wouldn't buy anything with more than 10K. But that is just me.
     
  7. lharvest thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yes - it is the deal on FM. What would you say is a reasonable price? It is heavier on the actuations than most on that board, but is at least $100 less than the less expensive ones.

    It's a hobby for me and I'm really looking for something that is faster than my XSi but won't break the bank. This one looked pretty good.
     
  8. HBOC macrumors 68020

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    If it is in good shape, then why not. It does seem high. One of the higher mileage 40Ds i have seen. Why not just put up a "WTB 40D" thread on the B&S forums? It costs to sell in the B&S, but you can do the 3 month package (image upload as well) for $14.99.

    Also, a shutter replacement is not the end of the world, as others have stated. I would rather pay the $100 more and get a better one. Check POTN's b&S forums as well.
     
  9. anubis macrumors 6502a

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    This.

    If the shutter breaks, it's a $200 fix. Not a huge deal.
     
  10. HBOC macrumors 68020

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    there are two more 40Ds listed on the B&S forum at FM. One is like $575 with 700 clicks and the other one has like 12K and it is $600 or something.
     
  11. lharvest thread starter macrumors regular

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    Just to close the loop - I ended up buying a used 40D on eBay with a BG-E2N grip, 3 batteries, and a 2 GB CF card. It had about 5800 actuations, so I think I got a better deal.

    Thanks for the advice.
     
  12. Jaro65 macrumors 68040

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    Well, this one is literally brand new compared to the other one you were looking at. Enjoy it!
     

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