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maximum photos of D300

sus pethi , Feb 09, 2009; 08:29 a.m.

Hi, is there a life time for Nikon D300? One friend said D300 can have maximum shots of about 200k to 300k before changing the processor (which is very expensive)? Is this true? Thanks


Hamish Gray , Feb 09, 2009; 08:33 a.m.

Expected lifetime of a D300 is approx 150k shutter actuations. It's the shutter that eventually dies, not the processor. This is only an approximation. Who knows, maybe it'll take 300k pics if you're lucky.

Erik Christensen , Feb 09, 2009; 08:58 a.m.

what I have learned it is the shutter, which has to be replaced and Nikon estimates this to be around 150,000, however, that is most likely a very conservative estimate.

Benjamin Schaefer , Feb 09, 2009; 09:53 a.m.

150,000 = 40 pictures every day for 10 years. If you are not a pro or a really dedicated enthusiast, I'd say you camera is going to outlive your restraint from buying a new model (D999x?).

Don't let that dissuade you from being an awesome camera :) (If that was why you were asking)

Hans Janssen , Feb 09, 2009; 10:00 a.m.

It is not only the shutter that can die in a digital camera, but all the electronics will die sooner or later and that can be replaced, but if you want to pay for that?

Rene' Villela , Feb 09, 2009; 10:24 a.m.

Nikon seems to be very conservative in these cases. I would estimate you can easily double what they say to around 300 K actuations. Myself, I am not a pro. I am more like a weekend shooter and in 1 year with my D300 I got 10 K's. If it was really just 150 K actuations my camera will last 15 years but in the digital world I am sure I will get a replacement withing 3 years. Therefor I don't care about the shutter counter. I am sure you would be the same. if you buy a D300 you will want to upgrade to a D500 or D600 in 3 or 5 years respectively.
just buy a the camera if you haven't yet. If you already have it, fire away, have fun and improve your work!

William Pahnelas , Feb 09, 2009; 12:09 p.m.

i'm sure your friend is a very nice person, but he does not appear to know diddly about nikon cameras. you can get more reliable information yourself by reading the camera's specifications on one of nikon's websites.

Robert Body , Feb 09, 2009; 10:01 p.m.

It's like with cars, around 100,000miles comes time for concern, and maybe a backup camera. Possibly/Probably everything will be ok until 200,000 actuations. But maybe not.
D300/D200 are listead at 150,000 actuations, and I believe D700 is at 150,000 too.
D3 is listed at 300,000 actuations.
At time of failure, it would be the shutter that needs replacing, the mechanical open/close fails... possibly mirror up/down something might be effected, but it's the shutter replacement that's expensive, probably around $300-$600 to replace on D300 or D3.
I had D200 and D300 until 90,000 actuations, all was good.

sus pethi , Feb 14, 2009; 08:52 a.m.

Thanks. I got the answer.

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