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Love at first grip!

Enthus_Photo

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Enthus_Photo Registered since 16th May 2012
Fri 24-Aug-12 03:10 AM | edited Fri 24-Aug-12 03:11 AM by Enthus_Photo

>Hello everyone! I finally received my D300 coming from a D90
>preceded by a D3000 and I am simply in love and amazement by
>the ergonomics and build quality of this beast. Before even
>beginning to shoot I knew there is no going back to another
>smaller model. I was on the verge of opting for the D7000 but
>changed my mind in the last moment when I realized that ISO in
>my style of shooting rarely exceeds 800 so that leaves the
>D7000 way behind in my opinion. I followed the advice of more
>experienced photographers and I don't regret it. I think that
>experts, when giving advice for beginners like me, should
>always emphasize the significance of ergonomics and build
>quality more often rather than focusing on technical
>information that could only be a marketing hype.

As another guy who recently chose a D300s over a new D7000, I agree that it is a terrific camera. I also love the build and hand-feel of the body, and the handling has been liberating. Despite the fact that it is pretty much the same sensor as my D90, it was a huge upgrade.

I'm going to disagree with you on a couple of points though. First, the D300/s is a pretty sophisticated body - there are lots of AF modes/settings, lots of things to adjust and set, lots of buttons and dials and it utterly lacks the nannies (AUTO, scene modes) that keep a lot of beginning photographers shooting. A lot of them aren't ready for something that complex. I went D70-->D90-->D300s, and I'm a moderately experienced beginner. I was ready, and it has helped me a ton. That said, I can't just hand it to people like I could my D90 or a D7000. They are looking for AUTO on the dial or a picture for the scene mode.

Also, there is nothing hype-ish about the D7000. It is a phenomenal camera. For me the limitations of the handling outweighed the benefits of the 0.8 stop better ISO and 1.7 stop DR. The AF is no slouch and it serves a lot of people very well.

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