>>>In that front my D200 beats my D300 hands down<<< HUH? I have both and that is not my experience at all. My D300 performs superbly at LO 1.0 with the ability to pull detail out of shadow one can only dream of with the D200. Yes, I need to keep a close eye on the highlights so I do find myself using LO 0.5 sometimes. At LO 0.5 I have nearly a full stop of highlight recovery available.