>>You're right Mark I still shoot my 300s also. It is very >>capable. I too wanted the D400 to happen . . . but the >D7100 >>offers more now than something that may be coming. >> >>Al >> >Hi there, >Seeing as you own both the D300s and the D7100 and have good >experience using both of them could I ask you which one would >you choose for all round photography if you were only allowed >to have one. My reason for asking you this is that I have an >opportunity to get a good D300s with very low shutter count >for the equivalent of $250 less than a D7100 and am dithering >as to which one to choose seeing the D300s is still costlier >to purchase new than the 7100 new. I`m currently shooting >with a D200. >Thanks, >Ian
Ask yourself this: Do I NEED:
1) 7 fps ( 8 with a battery grip ) vs. 6 fps for the D7100 2) more than 8-9 frames in a continuous burst. 3) exposure compensation: +-5 EV in increments of 1/3,1/2,1 vs. 1/3,1/2 for the D7100 4) Exposure Bracketing: 2-9 frames in steps of 1/3,1/2,2/3,1 EV vs. 2-5 frames in steps of 1/3,1/2,2/3,1,2, or 3 EV for the D7100 5) flash bracketing: 2-9 frames in steps of 1/3,1/2,1 EV vs. 2-3 frames in steps of 1/3,1/2,1, or 2 EV for the D7100 6) WB bracketing: 2-9 frames vs. 3 frames for D7100
If you need any of the above D300s features, and you feel these features are more important than better image quality and low light performance, then get the D300s. Otherwise, get the D7100. Most of the features I listed above are usually not necessary for good all around photography. The difference in fps and frame buffer size usually become important for things like sports photography where things happen quickly and you find yourself shooting long bursts of frames to catch the action. However, I can say that in my own case, when photographing my school sports, I've never shot more that 4-5 frames in a given burst.
The differences in exposure bracketing may be important when producing HDR photographs. However, in most cases, being able to shoot 5 bracketing frames should be more than enough.
Again, my advice would be to only get the D300s if one of the above differences is absolutely critical to you. Otherwise, you'll probably be much happier with the D7100