It is always interesting to check the shutter count on our cameras to learn how many photographs we have captured since first acquiring our gear. As part of my camera system maintenance I recently created a spreadsheet so I could track the shutter counts of each of my camera bodies. As of this morning my Nikon 1 cameras have registered a combined total of 321,643 clicks and counting. I bought my first Nikon 1 V2 in August 2013.
NOTE: I’ve added a few images as visual breaks. You can click on them to enlarge.
When buying used camera bodies, most of us try to do our due diligence by checking the shutter count before we actually purchase a used body.
While I’ve had the shutter mechanism in one of my previous DSLR camera bodies replaced under warranty, I’ve never had a camera body fail because of a shutter wearing out. It would be interesting to learn about the experiences readers have had in this regard.
For most of us, a camera body will fail more often than not from misuse on our part (e.g. having a non weather proof body get wet), or damage that we have caused by dropping it, or it being knocked over/blown over when on a tripod.
Like many things digital, it is also possible that some of the main circuitry inside the bodies of our cameras will fail before the shutter mechanism does.
If we live in hot, damp climates and do not store our gear properly in humidity controlled environments it may develop mould or fungus inside which will eventually cause it to fail, long before a shutter wears out.
The subject matter we photograph and the techniques we use can dramatically affect the wear and tear on our camera’s shutter. For example, many birders shoot using continuous auto-focus and will fill their buffers with fairly long image runs. Landscape and street photography shooters may only take a few images of a scene before moving on.
The Nikon 1 V3 I use for birding has a shutter count of 106,289 compared to the one my wife uses for landscape and travel photography which only has a shutter count of 7,704. My Nikon 1 V2s have shutter counts of 14,505, 57,472 and 91,452. Some of the shutter count is due to them being used for birding. My J5s have shutter counts of 7,485, 17,088, and 19,648 because they are almost never used for birding, and are also newer.
If you would like to know the shutter count of your cameras you can use the link provided.
I plan on tracking my shutter count for each of my Nikon 1 bodies and rotating them as needed to help spread out my usage. I’m also investigating the feasibility of a humidity controlled cabinet for my gear.
What have your experiences been? Have you had any of your cameras’ shutter mechanisms fail? Are you concerned about the shutter count on your camera gear? What are the shutter counts on your cameras? What kinds of precautions do you use when storing your gear?
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