This Canon 5D Mark II has shot over 2.2 million photographs


On the used digicam market, the query you all the time see is “What number of actuations does it have?” It’s a wonderfully cheap query to ask. It’s no extra bizarre than eager to know what number of miles the used automobile you’re about to purchase has executed. The extra it’s executed and the extra it’s been used, the much less life there’s prone to be left in it, proper?

Whereas some producers don’t publish the numbers publicly, just about all cameras include some type of anticipated shutter life depend. As of late, that quantity hovers someplace between 100K and about 300K relying on the extent of digicam you purchase. The Canon 5D Mark II was rated to 150K when it was launched again in 2008. However this one, acquired by YouTuber FoxTailWhipz has over 2.2 million actuations and remains to be going robust.

The 5D Mark II was a turning level for DSLRs. Though it wasn’t the primary DSLR to have the ability to shoot video (that honour goes to the Nikon D90), it was the primary one which made any type of critical impression – largely due to Vincent Laforet producing Reverie and explaining to Canon precisely what they’d executed. It even went on to shoot episodes for TV reveals like Home.

Nevertheless it was additionally an especially widespread digicam for stills, too. So widespread in reality that this specific instance has shot 2,269,757 photographs. Or a minimum of, that’s the quantity it was on when FoxTailWhipz (aka Adam Harig – Yup, the man who purchased all these damaged Arri cameras) noticed it on the web site of used digicam retailer MPB. Now it’s a bit greater as a result of he’s fired a number of extra pictures off himself with it.

The digicam was listed on MPB for a mere $200. Even right now, that’s a cut price for a full-frame DSLR just like the Canon 5D Mark II. So, he couldn’t resist shopping for it to see if it actually had executed that many pictures and to see what sort of situation it was in. You’ll be able to see from the video that it seems to be to be in nice form with just some scratches across the physique. Regardless of the extraordinarily excessive shutter depend, it appeared comparatively calmly used.

Adam did the maths to work out that given the ~2.2million photographs shot with it, it was a mean of 162,125 photographs per yr. Or, 13,510 photographs per 30 days, 3,377 photographs per week or 482 photographs per day, each single day for the reason that digicam was launched in 2008.


He guesses that it was probably utilized by a sports activities or wildlife photographer, however personally, I don’t suppose so. For regular images, even these people who shoot 4,000 photographs at each wedding ceremony, I can’t think about a lot of them would rise up to those sorts of numbers on a single physique. Even when they had been capturing that a lot, they’d have upgraded to newer our bodies just because the tech has turn out to be so a lot better, even when the digicam hadn’t died.

I’ve bought two Nikon D100 our bodies right here that I bought in 2002. They’d an estimated shutter lifetime of 80,000 actuations and each of these are actually properly over 1,000,000 actuations every and nonetheless work. In my case, the explanation was timelapse, and I think that’s the wrongdoer with Adam’s 5D Mark II. For those who’re capturing for a 4-minute timelapse, that’s 240 seconds of footage, at 24-30 frames per second. That’s between 5,760 and seven,200 frames for the completed video.

When you think about that in all probability half of the clips shot don’t even make it into the ultimate video and that lots of the clips might be far longer than wanted for the ultimate edit then yeah, you’ll be able to simply shoot 20-30K pictures on a time out capturing timelapse. And for those who had been doing it each single day, you could possibly burn via these 2.2 million actuations in lower than three or 4 months.

Timelapse may additionally clarify the way it’s managed to outlive to the quantity that it has, too. We featured a video from Matthew Vandeputte a few years in the past speaking particularly about this subject. His cameras are far exceeding the estimated lifespans revealed by Canon and he places ahead some clarification as to why cameras that shoot timelapse would possibly see an prolonged shutter life over simply utilizing it to shoot photographs the common means.

No matter how Adam’s new acquisition hit its numbers, the one remaining query is how lengthy it’ll carry on capturing. It might be fascinating to see if he places it to make use of as a timelapse digicam himself, simply to see how excessive he can get that shutter depend!

What’s the best shutter depend in your cameras?