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Replacing my D300 with a D7000?

Mr_Vic

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Mr_Vic Silver Member Nikonian since 24th Aug 2007
Wed 09-Jan-13 02:46 AM

I need to replace my D300 which is dead, with a used D7000 or D300s... It will be a backup body or a third body with DX lens on my sports shoots....

Anyone isuing the D7000 for action sports, I have been told that the D7000 plays better in low light than the D300...


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IanCT

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#1. "RE: Replacing my D300 with a D7000?" | In response to Reply # 0

IanCT Registered since 15th Sep 2008
Wed 09-Jan-13 05:22 AM

Better in low light, it has a tad less noise at higher ISO, but less frames-per-second than the D300.

I use one to backup my D300s, although sometimes I feel the D300s is the backup, depending on the venue and/or event. For low light I use a D700 but I don't think you could go wrong with a D7000 if you won't miss the independant metering and focus mode selector switches, and a couple other features I'm probably forgetting at the moment.

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Mr_Vic

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#2. "RE: Replacing my D300 with a D7000?" | In response to Reply # 1

Mr_Vic Silver Member Nikonian since 24th Aug 2007
Wed 09-Jan-13 06:04 AM

Thanks for your input, low light does tip the scale for me....


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jbloom

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#3. "RE: Replacing my D300 with a D7000?" | In response to Reply # 0

jbloom Gold Member Awarded for the continuous and generous sharing of his high level expertise and his always encouraging comments in several forums. Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 15th Jul 2004
Wed 09-Jan-13 09:46 AM

The sensor is a step up, but I find the autofocus system marginal for low light action shooting. I haven't used the D300, so I can't compare directly, but compared to the D3 I get frustrated with the D7000's AF. If I were you I would solicit opinions comparing the two AF systems.

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IanCT

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#4. "RE: Replacing my D300 with a D7000?" | In response to Reply # 3

IanCT Registered since 15th Sep 2008
Wed 09-Jan-13 02:30 PM

Are you using Nikkor lenses? I haven't had a problem acquiring focus quickly with the D7000 in low light such as the types used onstage for music/band performances (red, blue gels, some hot lights) or in coffee shops with the house lights turned down.

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jbloom

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#5. "RE: Replacing my D300 with a D7000?" | In response to Reply # 4

jbloom Gold Member Awarded for the continuous and generous sharing of his high level expertise and his always encouraging comments in several forums. Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 15th Jul 2004
Wed 09-Jan-13 04:30 PM

Yes, I'm using AF-S 24-70 f/2.8, AF-S 70-200 f/2.8 and AF-S 400 f/2.8. But the subjects I'm shooting are moving a lot faster than stage performers. I'm talking about football, basketball, etc. In addition, AF-C tracking is a critical issue since such subjects are in continuous motion. Since those are the kind of subjects the OP is talking about shooting, I think my experience may have some relevance.

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IanCT

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#6. "RE: Replacing my D300 with a D7000?" | In response to Reply # 5

IanCT Registered since 15th Sep 2008
Wed 09-Jan-13 04:35 PM

I apologize, I wasn't discounting your experience and you're right, sports players move much, much faster - of which I don't have any experience in photographing. Only competitive swimmers in broad daylight.

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#7. "RE: Replacing my D300 with a D7000?" | In response to Reply # 5

IanCT Registered since 15th Sep 2008
Wed 09-Jan-13 04:37 PM

...in which case sticking with the D300s would probably be the better choice to nail focus quickly in AF-C, I'd rather have a little more noise than an out of focus image.

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jbloom

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#8. "RE: Replacing my D300 with a D7000?" | In response to Reply # 6

jbloom Gold Member Awarded for the continuous and generous sharing of his high level expertise and his always encouraging comments in several forums. Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 15th Jul 2004
Wed 09-Jan-13 04:54 PM

No offense taken! This is complicated stuff with no clear answers, so we all have to contribute whatever knowledge we can.

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km6xz

St Petersburg, RU
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#9. "RE: Replacing my D300 with a D7000?" | In response to Reply # 7

km6xz Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, including Portraits and Urban Photography Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2009
Thu 10-Jan-13 07:24 AM

The MultiCAM3500DX is better for fast sports so the D300s which is a bargain used now would be a better choice.
But all other aspects of image quality will be better on a D7000, not only due to lower noise and higher resolution but it can run in 14 bit mode and get 2.5 times the frame rate as the D300s in 14 bit. In 12 bit, the D300s is faster.
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kstrongs

St. Thomas, CA
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#10. "RE: Replacing my D300 with a D7000?" | In response to Reply # 0

kstrongs Registered since 04th Oct 2011
Thu 10-Jan-13 04:16 PM | edited Thu 10-Jan-13 04:46 PM by kstrongs

>I need to replace my D300 which is dead, with a used D7000 or
>D300s... It will be a backup body or a third body with DX lens
>on my sports shoots....
>
>Anyone isuing the D7000 for action sports, I have been told
>that the D7000 plays better in low light than the D300...
>
>
>Mr. Vic

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>my
>Nikonians gallery>.

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I have the D7000. I shoot a lot of Hockey.
I use it in manual mode, 70-200 F2.8.
Set Aperature to F2.8 or 3.2. Shutter speed to 1/250 or 1/320.
Set Auto ISO to low- 100, high- 1600.
I use 32gig, 90Mps cards, 14 bit, Raw.
Short bursts.
If you want to do a lot of shots in a row, I find in jpeg mode the camera can shoot 6fps easily.

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Mr_Vic

Roy, US
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#11. "RE: Replacing my D300 with a D7000?" | In response to Reply # 10

Mr_Vic Silver Member Nikonian since 24th Aug 2007
Thu 10-Jan-13 04:40 PM

Thanks or your input, it was valuable....



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