Would you consider buying a used canon 5d Mark II in mint condition with 120 000 shutter actuations for 500$? The seller is a nice lady, she is a professional phototographer. Here are some photos of the camera that she has sent me.

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    Related question: How many actuations are "too many actuations"? – scottbb Nov 24 '17 at 21:13
  • Camera looks clean. I found one on eBay for 1200 that's brand new. Given a few hundreds bucks for a shutter replacement on this one, you'd still be quite far from 1200. Seems like a decent deal to me! – OnBreak. Nov 24 '17 at 21:53
  • 120000 is a lottery: it may broke next week or may work years and years. In our country the shutter replacement will cost 800 - 900 dollars. I suggest it may be good deal. – Viktor Tomilov Nov 25 '17 at 5:13
  • @ViktorTomilov, how is that a good deal when you could buy the camera itself for that price instead of just a shutter? – walther Dec 11 '17 at 11:27
  • @walther I cannot buy that old camera for 800-900 bucks in my country (Too old and broken is not for sale, in good conditions can cost more). It consts more than that summ. But repairing will be with 1 year garantie and with ckecking of all other parts. So I think that is good deal. – Viktor Tomilov Dec 11 '17 at 12:13

I tend to equate shutter click counts with car mileage. To me, your question's equivalent car shopping question is: Would you buy a 2008/2009 used car with 120,000 miles on it for 1/5 of what it went for new?

You may also want to look at this website:

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The graph is based on a survey from 5DMkII owners, who navigated to the site themselves, about when their shutters failed/are still alive. The page states:

Average number of actuations after which shutter is still alive: 137,709.5

Average number of actuations after which shutter died: 171,076.9

It looks like the failure rates begin to increase right bang on the 100,000 mark, which is the typical lifespan spec for Canon's shutter mechanism, iirc.

Based on a Kaplan-Meier statistical analysis of the submitted data, you have about a 3 in 4 chance of making it to between 250,000 and 500,000 and a 2 in 3 chance of making it to between 500,000 and 1,000,000 actuations. There's only about a 1 in 8 chance that the shutter will fail at between 100,000 and 150,000 actuations. Canon rates the shutter of the EOS 5D Mark II at 150,000 actuations.


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