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DSLR Bodies.... degrades over time~!?

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DSLR Bodies.... degrades over time~!?

So I was just wondering.... I hear and read that DSLR's sensor will degrade over time with use.....

how worried should I really be?

and when the degrade happens.... what's going to be wrong with the picture specifically ? Doesn't this mean buying used bodies, isn't the best route to go ?

And that we should dump our old bodies whenever we want an upgrade?

Thoughts and advice ?

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I've never heard that the sensor degrades.

However, DSLR have a set lifetime in terms of shutter life.
Different bodies are rated for different for different activations.

Some are 50K, some are in the 150K.

Your shutter may fail before or after that many activations.

Then it needs to be replaced (they run anywhere from $150-300 for the replacement).
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Then it needs to be replaced (they run anywhere from $150-300 for the replacement).
ouch
THEN its time for an upgrade, haha
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Eh

All electronic components degrade over time if that's what you meant.
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I think a lot of it is in people's minds. They see the new sensors giving better results and automatically assume that their old sensor is getting worse...

Just like how computers get slower over time...
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SENSEI wrote:
Nov 23rd, 2009 1:56 pm
I've never heard that the sensor degrades.

However, DSLR have a set lifetime in terms of shutter life.
Different bodies are rated for different for different activations.

Some are 50K, some are in the 150K.

Your shutter may fail before or after that many activations.

Then it needs to be replaced (they run anywhere from $150-300 for the replacement).
maybe that's what I meant instead.... the shutter not the sensor...
but either way... I ask because everyone always asks about shutter count when buying used camera... just wondering if it really matters or not :S

But yeah.. I guess all electronic equipment "degrades" over time..... can't last forever ... :S
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vincent-poon wrote:
Nov 23rd, 2009 2:18 pm
ouch
THEN its time for an upgrade, haha
Not really...

Just say you're a pro photog who can blast through 5000-7000 shots a shoot.
You may be able to hit 150K within 30 shoots. For most pros, that may be 2-3 years worth only.

If you have a pro camera, replacing the full body will run you between $3-5K. Replacing a shutter really isn't much in the long run.

But for a prosumer, you may never have a shutter fail on you if you don't use it enough.
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maybe that's what I meant instead.... the shutter not the sensor...
but either way... I ask because everyone always asks about shutter count when buying used camera... just wondering if it really matters or not :S

But yeah.. I guess all electronic equipment "degrades" over time..... can't last forever ... :S
The shutter counts indicates two things:
1) Level of usage
2) Life left on it

A pro may shoot 150k frames in a year, his camera, mathematically will require a shutter replacement soon.

An amateur may shoot 10k in that the same year. The camera is "newer" and has a lower change of failure. In short, its worth more.

That said, over time the sensor can develop hot pixels. There will be more of them in an older camera.
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^ My sensor has hot pixels if I do long exposures at 1 second or more... :(

Shutter is relatively new. Got it replaced before warranty ended.

Yay hot pixely goodness! :cry:
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Yea hot pixels can be a real pain, but it is easily fixable in photoshop unless there are way too many.

I know that olympus has a pixel mapping function in their cameras but the older nikon/canons do not (don't know about the newer ones), this function eliminates the need to photoshop. Canon and Nikon use to charge for this service on out warranty. If you bring in a camera with several hot/dead pixels they don't replace it they just run a similar software to this.

Do they still charge or have they included this feature in the newer models?

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