The Canon 5D Mark II has taken more than 2.2 million photos

The Canon 5D Mark II has taken more than 2.2 million photos

In the used camera market, the question you always see is “How many runs does it have?” It’s a perfectly reasonable question to ask. It’s no stranger than wanting to know the mileage of the used car you’re about to buy. The more it is done and the more it is used, the less life is likely to survive in it, right?

While some manufacturers don’t publicly release numbers, nearly all cameras come with some type of shutter life expectancy number. These days, that number moves somewhere between 100k and around 300k depending on what level of camera you buy. The Canon 5D Mark II was rated at 150K when it was released back in 2008. But that’s what the YouTuber got FoxTailWhipz It has more than 2.2 million runs and is still running.

The 5D Mark II was a turning point for DSLR cameras. While it wasn’t the first DSLR capable of shooting video (that honor goes back to the Nikon D90), it was the first camera to make any kind of serious impact — thanks in large part to the Vincent Lafort Producer fictional He explained to Canon exactly what they did. So he went to Filming episodes for TV shows Such as a house.

But it was also a very popular camera for still photos, too. So common in fact that this particular example captured 2,269,757 photos. Or at least, that’s the number it was when FoxTailWhipz (aka Adam Harig-Yup, the guy who bought all the broken Arri cams) discovered it on the website of used camera retailer MPB. Now he’s a little higher because he fired a few more shots himself with it.

The camera is listed at MPB for only $200. Even today, that’s a bargain for a full-frame DSLR like the Canon 5D Mark II. Therefore, he couldn’t resist buying it to see if he had already taken many shots and to see what kind of condition he was in. You can see from the video that it looks in great condition with some scratches around the body. Despite the high shutter count, it seems to be used relatively lightly.

Adam performed the calculations to conclude that given the 2.2 million photos taken with him, it was an average of 162,125 photos per year. Or, 13,510 photos per month, 3,377 photos per week or 482 photos per day, every day since the launch of the camera in 2008.

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Thought it might have been used by a sports or wildlife photographer, but I personally don’t think so. For casual photography, even those people who take 4,000 photos at every wedding, I can’t imagine that many of them would reach these kinds of numbers on one body. Even if they were shooting that much, they upgraded to newer bodies just because the technology got so much better, even if the camera didn’t die.

I have two Nikon D100 bodies here that I bought in 2002. They had an estimated shutter life of 80,000 triggers and both are now over a million triggers and still work. In my case, the cause was the interval, and I suspect that’s the culprit with Adam’s 5D Mark II. If you’re shooting in a 4-minute interval, that’s 240 seconds of shots, at 24-30 fps. That’s between 5760 and 7200 frames for the final video.

When you consider that it is possible that half of the clips shot don’t make it to the final video and that many clips will be much longer than needed for final editing, then yes, you can easily shoot 20-30 thousand frames per day of time-lapse shooting. And if you do it every day, you can burn off 2.2 million operations in less than three or four months.

Timelapse might also explain how he managed to survive up to the number he has too. We featured a video from Matthew Vandeputte a couple of years ago talking specifically about this topic. His cameras far exceed the estimated life published by Canon and he offered some explanation for why time-lapse cameras might see a long shutter life after just using it to take photos in the usual way.

Regardless of how Adam’s new acquisition hits its numbers, the only question left is how long he’ll keep filming. It would be interesting to see if he uses it as an interval camera himself, just to see how high he can get the shutter count!

What is the highest shutter number in your cameras?


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