What Nikon do you shoot with?
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11-02-12, 01:42 PM
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, United States
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D200, but I think its dying
would really love a D700 but not sure I can go that long without a camera so I'm hoping Santa may bring me a D7000,
Don't give up too quickly on the D200, I had three bodies, each with over 300,000 actuations and one is coming up on 500,000. There is NO standard life on this camera, but Nikon claims a MTBF (mean time between failures) for this camera at 100,000. That is a shutter failure number, btw. When it happens, if it happens, just send it to a competent repair shop and after repair, you are back at zero. My prior camera, the D70, I took to over 1 million actuations before I switched over to the D200 and I had no failure there either.
The secret is to have the camera cleaned and serviced regularly. I do that every 100,000. Now, understand that I am a motorsports editor and at a weekend race, I can often shoot 2,000 shots. Take 25 races a year and throw in my nature photography and travel photography and I have each body serviced once a year. I should also point out that several times a year Nikon sends reps to our races and they bring with them many of the really expensive lens for us to try out.... FREE. During these visits, they routinely offer to clean and upgrade the camera firmware.
I just gave one of the camera bodies to a student at the local high school who won a photo contest sponsored by one of my camera clubs. He had a 3 mp Kodak camera that had to be 15-20 years old and I thought he would make good use of the camera. I lent my other two D200s to a friend who is shortly off to Africa on a vacation and needed backup and spare equipment. I think, however, he is about to invest in a couple of V1s and when that happens I will get the D200s back. If you want one of them, I will happily send one over to you (I will expect you to reimburse me for the shipping, however). Now that I am fully converted to the V1, and have sold off all of my regular lenses (except for the 70-200, which I will be keeping), the bodies are pretty much dust collectors and giving them to someone who will use and enjoy them will make me very happy. I would truly hate just trashing them.
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