Hi All, I have a D5100 which I like very much. After 17,000+ shutter actuations I got the dreaded shutter error message which asks you to press the shutter button again, and no file is saved. The mirror didn't appear to be jammed and I was able to get the camera working again after about 15 minutes of playing with all the controls. But it jammed again with the same error message a second time during a shoot recently for about 5 minutes. I am wanting to send it out for repair/adjustment, but need another camera body, so I am looking at buying a D7100.
The D7100 would be a big expense for me. I see that quite a few people have had the same shutter problem with their D5100s so I am thinking that the D5100 shutter is prone to this, or at least it is one of the more common problems. However, it seems that the 7000 series can do it also. I also seem to remember that that D5100 shutter was tested for 100,000 actuations where the D7000 or D7100 was tested for 150,000 actuations but I can't confirm any of this right now as the Nikoscope search does not work for me right now.
I know the the D7100 is highly regarded and is built better than the D5100, but wondering if anyone knows if a better shutter is used in the D7100 versus the one in the D5100. I know that just about everything else in the D7100 is better than the D5100.
Granted, it's the D5000. (They don't seem to have newer models represented, which makes me think the site isn't being updated any more. Still, it's more data than I've seen elsewhere.) But it does show that, yes, shutters sometimes fail before the "tested" number of cycles.
Jon and Beerman2k, Jon, Thanks for that web link. It was quite refreshing to see those numbers. I won't worry about the shutter. Likely getting the D7100 very soon and sending the D5100 in for adjustment.
I had seen that site before but forgotten about it. It is interesting to note that the D5000 is better than other cameras of the same class from other brands and even better in longevity than some pro cameras. Generally speaking the higher the maximum shutter speed, the more delicate the mechanism, which to attain those high speeds need to be very low mass. I have 100k shots with the D90, 36,000 with the D7000 and 26,000 with the D800. I suspect the D90 will outlast them all but all will have a long life. Stan St Petersburg Russia
I believe the D7100 is rated for 150,000 shutter actuations but that's just an average estimate. Don't buy a camera thinking what is going to go wrong with it. I had a Nikon D7000 and it always backed focused even after a Nikon spa and my own Fine Tuning it didn't help and I upgraded to the D7100 and all problems solved. The D7100 is an AWESOME camera, buy it with confidence!
The D7100 is rated for an estimate of 150,000 shutter actuations. About the problem with your camera try to format the SD card. The shutter blocks when you have a picture ending with 999 in your current folder, and it may be your problem.