>>... I think the learning curve is going to be >>quite steep for somebody upgrading from a D50. > >I'm surprised to hear this, because I upgraded from a D50 to a >D300 and from day one my D300 photos looked good. I mostly >shot aperture priority on the D50, and just set the D300 to >aperture priority and started shooting with the default >settings. There is a lot to learn on the D300 so I'm not >claiming I was an instant expert on the camera. (I've had it >more than four years, and I still wouldn't claim to be an >expert.) But even though I was a novice with the camera when >I got it, I didn't have any trouble getting shots that matched >what I was getting with my D50. > >You have some nice lenses. From your post I'm not sure why >you're not getting good results. > >Randy
I tried some more shots yesterday evening and it came out much better. I've bought the D300 from a pro (who sold his D300 and D700 because he recently acquire 2 D4s and a D800E), and he has configured the cam for neutral colors and no in-camera sharpening, therefore the pictures looked a bit dull to me. However after a little bit of post-processing, they looked much better.
I will going on a long drive to hills this Friday and will click a lot there. I will post some of those pics here for you expert's critique.
One question - While looking in the view finder, there is lots of dust though not much of it is visible in the photos. Is it due to a dirty sensor or something else?