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    Posted: 28 August 2017 at 07:15
Hello There. I need help again. I have been looking for a second hand full frame Sony Alpha camera. I already have good selecting of lenses that will work apart from my Sigma 17-60mm F2.8 for APS-C. The Sony a850 look like the best chance as the second hand sale price is about £500 the others a900 and a99 are out of my limit. I cannot find any guide to shutter count for given camera on the internet. I checked my old Sony a450 it has done 7500 using the website for Sony cameras, I saw a a850 that has done 65000 is that too many or is my a450 just low usage? I see the shutter count like Car mileage ware on the mechanical moving parts but is the Sony a850 more pro standard so should last longer. Does anyone have a simple answer for me?    
 



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I bought an A900 recently with 6,000 clicks on the clock, which isn't many at all. My A58 has 27,000 in three years form new. I've been told the A850/A900 are good for 100,000-200,000 at least, and I suspect there are some here with more than that. I've had a lot of cameras in my time and I've used a lot. I don't recall ever wearing one out, though pinholes in the (fabric) shutter blinds and slow timers on the (mechanical) shutters were common - note that neither can happen with DSLRs or even Minolta AF film cameras.
So don't worry about it. If you still *do* worry, you can ask a seller to post a picture taken with the camera and (if it hasn't been processed too much) you can find the shutter count from that.
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Thanks for that info. It is just so reassuring to have some kind of figure others have had. So working out from that I have done 7,500 in 7 years with my a450 so if did the same with a second hand camera that had upto70,000 it would properly last me for another 10 years? I would not expect it to last longer with every day ware and tear. Thanks you have been a great help.
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Originally posted by Stephen.brown23 Stephen.brown23 wrote:

... I have done 7,500 in 7 years with my a450 so if did the same with a second hand camera that had upto70,000 it would properly last me for another 10 years?

Maybe. There's no guaranteed shutter lifetime for a camera; and the shutter is just one part. Other parts in an A850 can fail: the SteadyShot system, the mirror assembly, the LCD, the sensor, various electronics ... I'm not trying to scare you away from buying it - just sharing some facts.
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According to Imaging-resource.com the A900 shutter is rated at 100.000 cycles. Doesn't mean it will never break before, but most cameras should be able to reach that number. As sybersitizen noted, there are other thins that can go wrong also.....

You're in the UK - if you're insecure, buy from a shop if possible. EU consumer laws mean you have some kind of guarantee on your used purchase if it is from a shop.

In general, 65000 isn't too many, especially when the camera is well kept.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Miranda F Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 August 2017 at 11:45
Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

In general, 65000 isn't too many, especially when the camera is well kept.


I know some pro photogs here can do a couple of thousand shots in a day so that use will add up quickly, but amateurs may only do that number in a month or a year. It's a bit like car mileages, I think. There's not really much point in buying a low-mileage old car if you don't do many miles, because it will go to the scrapyard rusted out with the engine still like new. With cars and cameras I tend to judge by condition - if it looks well-used, it probably has been.
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