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Hi, I just got a new camera, a Canon 60D and I try to figure out what to do with it :oops:
Timelaps sounds interesting, but I have one concern.
I found out that the shutter count is good for 100.000 to 150.000.
So, if I take an average of 25fps, that would come to 1500 shots per minute of film and that could add up fast.
If I take video with this camera, I understand that it doesn't use the shutter to do this, so my question is: Can I do timelaps without the shutter usage (I don't mean video with acceleration) and if yes, where can I read about how to do this?

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David


Mon Sep 27, 2010 11:50 am
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Post Re: Shutter count?
Don't even think about using the video function to conduct timelapse. That would be like cutting out your own eyeballs then trying to paint a replica of the Sistine Chapel. You need the resolution, dynamic range and bit depth that your SLR offers in still mode.

1500 frames per 'finished minute of film'. Unless you're shooting all day and all night the camera will probably be obsolete before you kill the shutter. They are replaceable if you do kill it. That being said, the SLR I use has a shutter rating of 50K but has shot over 300K without a hiccup. I've heard reports of 5D's with over 750k without failure.


Mon Sep 27, 2010 12:07 pm
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one thing people are forgetting about the DSLR in video/live mode - the sensor does heat up and isn't really made to be live for a long period of time.

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It took me 13 months to kill an XSi, just long enough to be out of warranty, and not really be worth repairing.
Extended warranties are the answer.

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Antz wrote:
Extended warranties are the answer.


Wear and tear is covered by warranty?


Mon Sep 27, 2010 2:11 pm
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JamWright wrote:
Antz wrote:
Extended warranties are the answer.


Wear and tear is covered by warranty?


I burned thru one shutter in 6 months on a 20D and I got the shutter replaced free of charge.

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Quite a few people here have had shutters replaced under extended warranties.

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Post Re: Shutter count?
Thank you all for your helpful replies.
I will look into some extended warranties and read some more about the shutter counts, timelaps etc.

Thanks again
David


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