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Interesting question! First of all, it depends on what you're comparing leaf shutters to. I would expect some antique shutter designs like guillotine and rotary to be even more durable. But I suppose the intended comparison is with focal plane shutters. These have more mass to throw around over larger distances and hence the forces involved should be greater ...


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That is a very generic statement and its validity will be very dependent on which specific shutters are being compared. If you compare an early in-lens aperture type leaf shutter to an early fabric (silk) focal plane shutter, then yes, the leaf shutter will likely last longer (in both age and actuations). But if you compare the leaf shutter commonly used in ...


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