>I was reading in the D600 forum how someone feels that it >makes the D300(s) only fit for "hammering in nails",
I would agree that the D300s would be capable of hammering nails faster and for a longer period than the less robust D600, but I do prefer an actual hammer for such things.
I have large hands; for me, the D300s posesses a better ergonomic than the smaller, lighter, and less "substantial" D600. The 300s has, in my ever-to-be-humble opinion, the tactile feel of "percieved quality" that I've always associated with Nikon, and which perception I find lacking in the cheap and flimsy (almost Canonish) feel of the mostly plastic D600. The full sized D300s makes me want to go out and shoot photos, the D600 made me hand it back to the salesman.
>and how we users ahould not cling to outdated tech because of >our "need" for the semi-pro appearance.
I don't participate in photography for an ego massage. I find the practice to be intellectually and spiritually fulfilling. I don't think anyone else either notices nor cares what equipment I have in my hand even if they are, in fact, aware of my presence.
I suppose "outdated tech" is a relative term. I still enjoy using my FE2, F3HP, and F100. (I even take my 1962 4x5 Speed Graphic out on occasion) They are old friends who bring me pleasure to hold in my hands and use in my pursuit of "Art".
>Does anyone agree that this new model suddenly makes all our >"old" cameras take bad images?
I will, probably, always investigate the new models as they appear, if only to assuage curiosity and the possibility that they may offer some new feature that could enhance my enjoyment of the sport. If Nikon does release an "updated" D300s (D400?) I would seriously consider giving one a home. The new model would be welcomed into my family of beloved cameras but would not displace any of them.
I have abandoned my search for Truth. and am now looking for a good Fantasy.
". . . lived and learned from fools and from sages."