EstorilM From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 124 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 4820 times:
It's one of those things that you try not to think about I guess.. but I finally pulled the EXIF and searched for the tag -
Camera Actuations: 75452
Considering the camera is rated at 100,000 (which is conservative, factoring in that most cameras that fail will do so early in their life, and most are seeing 50-100% over this figure.. some over 400k!) I guess statistically speaking I should be fine, but that's quite a gamble for a photographer - like many of you, there are many situations where I can't afford to hit that button and have things work less than perfectly every time.
So yeah, one has to deal with the "worst case" scenario, at least when you're making money off of these things and there are occasions when you get called out on very important events like weddings and such.
I'd still call myself an amateur photographer though, so I can't throw $$$ into redundant D3s or anything.. my D200 / 70-200 VR have paid for themselves and I'm happy with that, but I'm having nightmares lately about that *PLINK* / ERR sound/message when I'm about to catch the shot of a lifetime, or when I'm out on vacation, shooting for a client, etc. I mean let's face it, most of us don't bother to take our cameras out of the case unless they're going to be pointed at something important.
SO having said that, I think I'm going to plan on picking up a D300 within 2 months (before the weather gets really nice.) It's a little different this time around, since I won't be forced to pay full retail $1700+ on the body and another $300 on the grip. There are grips of equal quality WITH added features like IR remote, LCD clock/timers, etc WITH two EN-EL3e batteries for under $80 (hah I remember the early D200 days when that price wouldn't even buy you a SINGLE battery!) There are 99.5% reputable ebay sellers with multiple D300 bodies at $1,250.
Any thoughts? Let me know what your cameras are at as well.. and if you'd be considering doing something similar in my shoes.
Mjlewis From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 208 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 4758 times:
I just got my D300 this past June, and it's a work horse for me! Between shooting for fun and getting trigger happy (when I went to HNL with my dad for a 26hr layover I took almost 1000 pictures) and working for my school's paper shooting sports (8fps REALLY adds up fast!). Currently I'm at ~16200.
I LOVE my 300. However of course who wouldnt wish to have a D3? ha As far as the grip goes, get the OEM one. I feel its just the best best and works the best with no questions. It's very comfortable in the hand. Granted I still use the 8 AA batteries (rechargeable) But soon plan on getting the EN-L4 beast to keep in there.
Haha, if I had photo opportunities like you've got at Manchester, my camera would blow up..
Quoting Mjlewis (Reply 1): I just got my D300 this past June, and it's a work horse for me! Between shooting for fun and getting trigger happy (when I went to HNL with my dad for a 26hr layover I took almost 1000 pictures) and working for my school's paper shooting sports (8fps REALLY adds up fast!). Currently I'm at ~16200.
Yikes that's good to hear - they've also rated that shutter a little higher than the D200 which is nice, considering how easy it is to get trigger-happy when you're at 8fps. I'll probably only use the 8 when I'm shooting sports though, hell most of the time I've found myself turning the D200 to 3fps or single shot (I've always considered it good mental discipline in terms of correctly framing and such, not to mention increasing shutter life.)
I was thinking about it last night for a while, and decided to order a D300 grip while getting my replacement D200 grip as well (the gears stripped inside of it, I was lucky to get it off!) Also ordered an EN-EL4 and charger.. I figure one should do just fine because I've still got 5 EN-EL3es I can when I kill that one, but the EN-EL4 life is pretty impressive from my experiences with the D2hs/D2Xs at work.
I can't WAIT! Especially for those twilight shots where I can finally crank up my ISO to 1000+ without having to worry
Aero145 From Iceland, joined Jan 2005, 3071 posts, RR: 18
Reply 4, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 4641 times:
My old cam had around 40,000 when I sold it, my last camera (which I sold for a similar price I bought it for, a very short while after buying it) had 2,000, and my current has around 30,000 I guess - I bought it used with 20,000. Sure it’ll last longer than me!
EstorilM From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 124 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4586 times:
Some of the more detailed EXIF viewers will support the actuations tag, I have a mac so I use EXIF Viewer - http://homepage.mac.com/aozer/EV/index.html
I think I was using iExif on my PC? Not really sure.. good luck!
UnattendedBag From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 2342 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 4576 times:
Quoting Aero145 (Reply 4): My old cam had around 40,000 when I sold it, my last camera (which I sold for a similar price I bought it for, a very short while after buying it) had 2,000, and my current has around 30,000 I guess - I bought it used with 20,000. Sure it’ll last longer than me!
what make and model camera were they, or is it a big secret?