Hy Guys, Our camera, the D300, is available since August 2007. Since then, all we know which number of actuations the shutter should be able to do (150.000 is advertised). In near four years many of us have heavily employed their own cameras, so the questions are: How many actuations has your shutter actually done ? If your shutter died, how many pix had fired ? I think the field experience will tell us the life expectancy of the D300' shutter better then previsions or ads. Best regards
Like Brian, I won't be much help as my D300 (which I bought used) only has about 6,000 activations. While I was checking, I checked my other three main cameras. My D2x has 12,000 - my D700 has 25,000 - my D3s has 13,000.
I ordered my D300 the day they were announced and received one from the first production batch (SN 3013xxx). I have ~22,000 shutter cycles with absolutely no hiccups.
Every time this question comes up, I refer people back to an article of a few years ago. Nikon Germany did a CLA on a F5 whose internal counter showed 1 million shutter cycles. I believe the F5 was advertised with a shutter life of either 100,000 or 150,000 cycles. See https://www.nikonians.org/dcforum/DCForumID61/742.html.
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If I remember correctly, I got my D300 in late November 2007 (SN3017XXX). It has slightly more than 8000 shutter cycles on it, without any trouble. The only thing that has happened is that the rubber grip is peeling. This has been reported on this forum before. Bob (rhb007)
Sat 23-Jul-11 11:34 AM | edited Sat 23-Jul-11 11:35 AM by ericbowles
I recently sold my first D300 with 80,000 shutter actuations. It was purchased on the initial day of release. It was announced in August but not released until mid-November 2007. I'm using my backup right now with 20,000 actuations - which was purchased in early 2008.
Both cameras have been nearly "bulletproof". I've used them at temperatures above 115 degrees, and as low as minus 40 degrees. I've been in wind, rain, and snow.
The only service or repair over ownership period were routine sensor cleaning and replacement of the on camera pop-up flash assembly after the hotshoe failed. Even the initial battery is still working fine.
Brian - For the record, I think it's much easier to handle the minus 40 degrees with the right clothing and gear than it it to handle 115 degrees. The heat is just brutal for this photographer. I start to wilt in the low 90's if I'm in the sun. Of course, my D300 had no problem with either extreme.
If you have set your file number sequence on (d6) system to "On" in the camera menu, then it is real easy.
I check my "Active Folder" in the Shooting Menu... Right now my Active Folder is "104". The original file was "100"
The camera assigns a number in sequence for every shutter release with a memory card in place and creates a new folder after 10 000 releases (with a memory card)... So, I am up around 47 000 with my D300 after 33 months of useage and absolutely no issues, except a little sesnor cleaning here or there...
Or, you can download shutter count software and it will give a total count including releases with or without the memory card.
Opanda does not support Firefox 6 yet. But, I have over 80,000 actuations on my D300 which I purchased in the first release batch around Thanksgiving. No problems with the shutter but the aperture mechanism had to be replaced. I would shoot a string of shots and one would be exposed correctly, the next one would look like it was midnight, and the next would be totally blown out.
>>Ok how do you find out auctuations ? > >Check the EXIF data of an unedited jpg. Opanda.com has a good >EXIF reader if you need one. > >---------+---------+---------+---------+ >Joseph K >Seattle, WA, USA > >D200, 17-55mm f/2.8 DX, VR 70-200mm f/2.8 II, 50mm f/1.4 D, >18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 DX, 70-300mm f/4-5.6 ED, D70S >
So much for the theory that buying a higher priced camera results in longer life..... The percentage of 70k-150k shot shutter survival is better for a number of lower priced cameras such as D90 versus the D300 or D3. Actually there is just not enough data to draw any valid conclusions for most of the brands or models for which data was being collected on the site. But for the reporting numbers, Nikon owners have some cause of confidence for selecting the brand, regardless of model. My D90 has over 75,000 and is going strong, which is surprising due to the rough conditions it has survived and the "advice" I got that I would have to upgrade to a D300 to get long life from a camera. A few dismal survival rates showed up in the Canon lower-mid line like the very popular 450D Stan St Petersburg Russia
I got my D300 in the spring of 2008. Shutter count is 17367.
It was sent away under warranty because it would often fire
spontaneously on its own. Now my only beef is that when the
first battery (in the MB-D10) is depleted it won't hand off to
the second (camera) battery.
I have 18,700 actuations. I use this body and a variety of lenses in the hot sun (100 deg F), Upstate NY winters (below zero F), mud, rain and dust. I have also dropped my D300 from waist height onto an asphalt parking lot. For peace of mind, I sent it to Nikon and there were no repairs required. No problems to report so far. -Dave
"Stupidity is a gift from God, but one mustn't misuse it" - Pope John Paul II
I purchased my D300 in February 2008 and it currently has 46,000 actuations on it. Knock on wood, but I've had zero problems with it and it's been a fine camera! I still shoot about 50% of the time with my D300 and 50% with my D700.
My mac tells me that I'm up to 116844 clicks after this last weekends shoot. I have not experienced any problems other than the very infrequent blank (black) image when shooting sports. No rubber peeling off anywhere. I really should spring for a new LCD cover, though.
Still getting great images, but mindful of "mileage" on body. I believe it's reasonable to expect over 200K with this body, although I'm getting into unfamiliar territory. I plan to send my camera into Nikon for some cleaning and a good "going over" as soon as I get a lull in my business.
79,798 shutter actuations since April 2008 without a mechanical hiccup or problem. Replaced right front grip a few months ago and awaiting receipt of the left front grip and USB door for replacement. I love my D300!!!!!
Sat 15-Oct-11 12:51 PM | edited Sat 15-Oct-11 12:57 PM by FWW1956
I buy a lot of used equipment because of the type of shooting I do. I bought my D300 last spring with aprox 11,000 and it now has over 42,000 with no problems.
I shoot dirt track racing and expose my equipment to some pretty harsh conditions.
I must say that the Pentaxes that I used in the past also performed well in this regard and are still "clicking" with the older ones in the 60,000+ click range. The K100d including the lens and the Metz in the photo were cleaned by me the next day and used at another event two days later. I still have camera and it has since been sent in and professionally cleaned. It still performs as good as new.
I got mine in Jan 08 and have 90141 activations. Still going strong. No wear, no loose rubber or scratches on screen which has been left purposely uncovered. Have shot in light rain uncovered except for lens front element protection multiple times w/o any problems. Been dropped once on carpet w/o damage.
Love the reach and DOF of the smaller sensor, especially when using my 300mm f/2.8 Nikkor w/ or w/o teleadaptors or extension tubes for macro-type work with this lens. Have not had need to move up to larger sensor, though sorely tempted for D3S b/o of better high-ISO capability.
I just hate to give up the reach of this fine fellow. Rick Midthun
My first D300 had around 204,000 actuations on it when the shutter started sticking. I bought a new D300 body and sent the old one in for a shutter replacement. At about 220,000 actuations, the new camera starting sticking and I sent it back for a new shutter ($316). My college age kid has the first one now. I am using the newer (repaired) one all the time and it has another 120,000 or so. Still going strong on it's second life.
Well, the OP seems to have disappeared . My D300 ,10 Dec 2007, has 78K and is going into Nikon India tomorrow morning. It has had some problems: the focus point started roaming again, a few of the external controls are stiff to very stiff (particularly the focus selector).
They are going to give it a complete clean but the funny thing is they want to check the shutter and the rubber(?) grip/coating. I have not experienced any problems with the grips coming loose and no problems with the shutter. If there is no problem with the shutter they have said it will be done in the 3 hours I have in Mumbai! Cheers, Tom
I had an "err" error message within no more than 5 shots out of the box.
Unfortunately for me, I can not seem to go anymore than about 500 shots without the "err". On a few occasions I have made it to around 1000 shots before this error. I can't say its the shutter but its on its way back to nikon for the 3rd time. As this is an intermittent problem, Neither myself or Nikon has been able to duplicate it which makes it very hard to diagnose.
I bought my D300 second-hand with 19,000 actuations and I've done 11,000 to make the current 30,000 actuations. I bought a manual AIS 200mm f4 Nikon lens and discovered the spring-loaded aperture tab thingy on the D300 body was jammed! Salt water and sand may have been the culprit from previous abusive owner. Got that fixed, otherwise no other problems with D300.