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Hello, I just bought my first DSLR camera, a Canon t4i used on eBay. This camera is for use primarily in stop motion with some field photography as well. Both at a strictly amateur level. I estimate I will average less than 1,000 shots a week.

Here's my issue. It being the weekend, I couldn't contact the seller to get a shutter count on the camera. It looked very clean in the pictures and the price was very good. They offered a 14-day guarantee so I figured I have nothing to lose. When I arrives, I realized I don't really know what would be considered a high count for this range of camera. I was ruling out cameras when their counts were above 10,000 but that was a somewhat arbitrary number. This camera was less than $400 including 3 lenses. What would you consider too high a count for this rig?

Thank you very much in advance.

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Shutter life for that camera appears to be 100,000. I’d say you’re good if under 10,000. I picked up a refurbished canon myself and so far very happy. Great cameras.

Thank you, friend.

I'd say 100,000 would be a high shutter count for a basic camera, and probably as much as the shutter on an entry level camera is designed to take. Doesn't mean it won't do more, just that they don't really guarantee it. Mid range models are more likely to be good for 200,000 clicks, and the pro models are meant for heavier use and should be good for over 300,000 I believe.   10 or 20 thousand would be pretty low, and you should get a lot of use out of it.  How much higher you are willing to go is up to you.  

Even with a very low count, you will only get so many years of use out of it.  My midrange EOS 7d got dirt on the sensor that couldn't be 100% cleaned off, long before it reached it's limit on shutter clicks.  It also got superseded by newer models with various improvements, so it stopped being my camera for pro work even though it many more exposures left in it.

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