I rented a D3s (company didn't have a D3, which I am really interested in), and I had a couple questions:
I keep reading that the D3s has a battery rated for 4,000+ images per charge. So far, I am seeing way short of that. On a batter with a battery age of 1, I have taken 704 images on this charge, and it shows only 63% left...extrapolating to only 1,100-ish images on the charge.
Is the "rated" versus actual really that significantly different? I will say that during the session I used it in most over the weekend...some Santa portraits...I chimped a lot since we were cycling through lots of people and I needed to select the "best" image for the on-site-print. I know that can affect it, but that much?
Second: since I am considering buying a D3 (which I can more easily afford than a D3s), I am wondering how much it costs to replace a shutter.
I ask because my D200...rated at 150,000 shutter actuations...crapped out at 58,000-and-change. I bought it at 14k actuations last years. Replacing it is costing me $400. Would a D3's shutter be similar, or are they higher being it's a "pro" body?
While I'd love a D3s, I just can't justify an extra $1,200-$1,500 for video I won't use and 1 f-stop of ISO.