I feel my D50 has passed a bit of a milestone as I just went past 50,000 shutter actuations. I think the D50 was "tested to" 50,000 actuations, or something like that.
I've never had any problems with the camera, but it does make me wonder how much longer the camera will go, and that maybe I'm living on borrowed time with it. I do have a D300 as a "backup," but I still use my D50 a lot, and for most purposes I feel the results from the two cameras are indistinguishable. Even though the D50 is a few generations behind the state-of-the-art, it is still a fabulous camera!
Congrats on the shutter count! If you are on borrowed time, at least in this case you will not have to pay it back. Since you already have a backup camera, you will be able to keep shooting when if the D50 gives up the ghost.
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Thanks, Joseph. I can't take a lot of credit here myself, because all I did was press that little button 50,000 times. But the camera certainly has given me my money's worth. Not only has it been completely reliable (knock on wood!), it's been a great performer too.
Wow! I'm not sure I'd have mine repaired if it failed at this point. I do love the camera though. How much did it cost to fix? And, did you get a new shutter? Seems surprising that the shutter could go to 120,000 actuations.