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
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.