On first charge, I had in excess of 1300 exposures, lots in fast continuous filling up cache, VR and non VR lenses, lots of admiring playback screen, and still approx 30% battery reserve remaining! I just pushed it to get an idea of how many batteries might be needed on an outing. Not a lot - more like D100 than 200 as regards battery reserves.
I just got back from Cuba. I got around 1000 shots RAW and my battery was down to about 4%. I used the back screen a fair bit, including to review my pics at the end of each day, but rarely used the on-board flash as I have a separate speedlight. My problem now is not battery life, but rather, memory card space.
Batteries and memory are 2 things with todays digital cameras you should never ever run short on. The prices for these accessories are oh so affordable now. With an extra battery and 2 8gb cards you can take well over a 1000 shots. More then I can do in a day.
The D300 sensor requires a lot less power than the D200 sensor so the D300 takes many more shots per charge. "Chimping" was originally a sports photography term when digital first came in, used by those still using film to describe a digital photographer concentrating on the images on the rear screen and missing the goal whilst he did it. It is now a common term for looking at the rear screen - which uses a lot of battery power. Usually with a new camera the screen menus need consulting more than average reducing the initial number of shots per charge.
Photography is a bit like archery. A technically better camera, lens or arrow may not hit the target as often as it could if the photographer or archer does not practice enough.
>In the field shooting raw, what kind of numbers are you >getting on this new camera. > >We were spoiled with the D70 getting 400 to 600 and then came >the D200. > >Also mention how much chimping. > > > You'll need to mention if the camera is set to capture at jpeg-basic or fine, normal, large small...etc
As seen by the responsed, the number of images captured on a charge ranges from 600 to over 1000 depending on the camera settings...
Michael D300, D700 and a lot of other stuff Member NWPLI
Thanks -- I have one battery now from D70 (the e version)
So I should be OK with one spare when I get my camera. (thought it would be this week but a lawyer said sorry your money will take a little longer as I spent it on my vacation) (you know how nephews are)