Originally Posted by NIKON KIU
What is the Leica M9 shutter rated at? Is there any information from Leica about this?
Cheapie Nikon Digi SLRs are rated at 100,000 cycles, prosumers go to 250,000
I am surprised at those numbers Willie found, out of 55 cameras, 7 went dead before they even reached 100,000 cycles. I don't trust internet polls at all.
Bottom line: I'd rather buy a used camera with less shutter cycles.
Of course internet polls can be unreliable if people decides to lie.
Another concern is the sample size is small and the participants are skewed. If you had a shutter problem you are more likely to report in the survey.
Unlike Nikon, Leica, Fujifilm and other brands do not publish shutter mean-time-between-failure specifications. So all we can do is assume MTBF specs are similar for still camera shutters. Anecdotally, this seems to work. Compared to other issues people have with digital cameras, I have not read many accounts of shutter failure.
My guess is 50 - 100K cycles is not that risky.
Years ago I was on a team that shot a weekend long, indoor-sports gig. There was a pro sports photographer on our team who brought a rolling suitcase packed full of Nikon D2X bodies wrapped in motel towels. The D2X bodies worked perfectly but had all exceeded their MTBF shutter cycle spec. He was selling them for a fraction of the KEH average price. This guy shot mostly amateur sports full time all over the southern mid-west region.