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F828 Expected life in shots or years

What is the expected life of the F828? How many pictures would it take before it dies? Which parts would die first? The shutter? Would it be possible to fix it? Don't say I will upgrade before it dies because I won't. I intend to keed this camera for a looong time. 100K or 150K pictures. Six or seven years. []s,

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Re: F828 Expected life in shots or years

Mine has done 24000 pictures this month. using the ×1.7 sony teleconverter as well and using the both memory cards to shoot! I am an happy consumer ? My problem are only batteries (with shorter live now!) and some dust and "hair" into the EVF... I don't use the LCD (only as a spy).

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Re: F828 Expected life in shots or years

I bought mine in June of 2004 with about 12000 on the odometer. I have doubts about mine lasting a long while without being serviced because of the erratic behaviour of the "jog dial display", (I don't know what else to call it). The display will just pop up and spin around like crazy and jump back and forth from one mode to another, stops and then spins some more, then settles down and goes away. It just happens periodically but when it does it is aggravating. Maybe someone with the service manual will some day figure out what is causing it and have a nice easy fix for it, sure would be nice. Other then that though it is the same as the day I bought it. I do need to give it a good cleaning though.

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Re: F828 Expected life in shots or years

I use the 828 to shoot events sice April 2004, and I take about 1k of images each month. I also tot the camera and flash with me everywhere. So far not the slightest sign of wear.

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Re: F828 Expected life in shots or years

I've had the camera since January 2004, and have been using it ALOT (>20000 pics). The only things I've experienced is the zoom rubber band loosening and some air bulbs on the hand-grip - these are non-problems that are easely fixed with some glue. I've also read about the battery latch being a weak spot, and I've learned to periodically check on the tiny screws around the camera. Also, I had a dead pixel occuring - this was fixed by resetting the camera. My only complaint is the photographer...

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Re: F828 Expected life in shots or years

I've had my 828 since Christmas 2003 and have shot over 21,000 frames with it so far and the camera is still working good as new. Sony doesn't publish any expected lifespan, and it would entirely depend on how you use the camera. Is it mounted on a tripod and never moved, or is it banging around in the bottom of a backpack for example? I haven't seen many reports of the 828 breaking for anyone on STF yet that I can remember anyway. I dont see why it wouldn't last for 5 years or more. It's a solid, well built machine.

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