>Sorry, disagree. The cameras D200/300 and D7xxx are not too >dissimilar in size. The controls on the D200/D300 are less >conspicuous than the big knob on top of the D7xxx. It's just >that the pro controls are a lot easier to use when >eye-to-the-finder. This has been invaluable to me when >shooting at night, or when caught in a tricky situation. I am >going to bet that other D200/D300 users are likely to agree on >that.
In the period of two years, I went from shooting D300/D80 to D5100/D300 to D7000/D300. I really wanted to have the articulated screen work for me. It didn't. Too much reflection. Nothing like watching a minute of grass growing.
There is not much that I personally miss from the D300. I don't give squat about being macho or looking cool. I know that won't work for me anyway. There may be some features, that I would miss if I knew more about them. Not exactly sure what I am missing with the 10th contact. There is one thing that does mean a lot to me, as I have struggled with the D7000 to develop a natural good technique to ensure IQ. That is the AF-On button. I would like a higher maximum frame rate, but that is easier for me to live with than the lack of an AF-On button.
Now I know that you can program the AE-L/AF-L button to do the same thing. However, you have to make other compromises. Plus on the D7000, the AE-L/AF-L is in a very awkward possition for me. To use it requires some gymastics for me which makes it difficult to use the best long lens technique. It just isn't in the natural place for me. I usually have to take my eye off the viewfinder to find that alternate button. Not sure that I would spend 5-600 dollars more for just that button. Hopefully a D400 would also include faster frame rate, better low light performane, better DR, maybe an HDR feature that has the option of using more than two images in an HDR image. Would love to see U1 & U2 expanded to U1 to at least U4.