Nikon D300 Thoughts?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by pdechavez, May 3, 2009.

  1. pdechavez macrumors regular

    Dec 26, 2007
  2. luminosity macrumors 65816


    Jan 10, 2006
    A bit of a broad question, but I like mine. It's outstanding through ISO 800 and very good through 1600. Image quality starts to degrade after that, and it's no match for the D3/x/700 by 3200. Great focus tracking ability, which is something I took awhile to figure out but now use a lot. I like the ergonomics of it a lot, and the positions of most (but not all) the controls.

    It's a camera worth getting, if you can afford it. Otherwise, the D90 is a good bet.
  3. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
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    I like it.

    Do you want people to be more specific than that?
  4. thomahawk macrumors 6502a


    Sep 3, 2008
    Osaka, Japan
  5. seattle macrumors 6502

    May 15, 2007
    I am very happy with mine. It is a fairly big body but it's fast and very good quality. I have had it for a year and a half and it has never given me any trouble and I use almost daily. I bought it with the 18-200mm VR lens.
  6. pdechavez thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 26, 2007
    I already have it, but been wondering what others think about it.
  7. BertyBoy macrumors 6502

    Feb 1, 2009
    Love mine, first rate, and I also have a D3.

    Usually with a Nikon 18-70 DX lens on it. If I leave the D3 at home, it sometimes takes the Nikon 70-300 VRII (FX) lens.

    If you want to get some idea for how great it is, read the manual. The fuzzy programmable option is worth the purchase price alone for me, it was missing on my old D100.
  8. tiggle macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2006
    Hong Kong
    I had a D300 and was always a little disappointed with it. I always wanted better high iso. I sold it and got a D700. Now, I truly love my D700, in a way I never warmed to my D300. It feels better to handle and there is a quality to the pictures I really like. They seem more natural and film like. Not a very objective analysis I know!
  9. Marsil macrumors member

    Feb 12, 2009
    Great Camera

    Its great have had i for a year now - it works great.
  10. georgemann macrumors regular


    Nov 25, 2005
    Seattle, Washington & Siem Reap, Cambodia
    Nikon D300

    I have had mine for about two years now and use both the D80 and the D300 almost daily. The D80 is strictly a backup (the second) camera, every time I am using it with a moving subject, I wish I had that lens on the D300 instead.

    Like others have said here, the D300 focusing system is fantastic.

    I have to admit though that I am now trying to figure out my upgrade path
    to the D700. If it was only the camera, I would have already done it, but the new lenses (I will want to use on the D700) are going to bankrupt me.

  11. Rotary8 macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2006
    i use the d300 during the day or formal shoots with flash indoors. I really love putting tele's on it as I get more reach with 1.5x crop. My d700 gets used at night for high iso. I've been shooting with my d700 so much at high iso I look back at my d300's 800iso and think "man that looks like crap"
  12. wheelhot macrumors 68020

    Nov 23, 2007
    Yup you are right, previously I am happy with my images shot at ISO 800 and 1600, I consider them pretty decent quality, after using my friend 5D, I said exactly the same thing as you did "man that looks like crap" :eek:
  13. Rotary8 macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2006
    What's frustrating is the d90's high iso performance is actually sharper than the d300's. D300 noise reduction smears the pixels to hide the noise, sacrificing sharpness. I avoid using the d300 for serious high iso stuff.

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