1. D300 samples aren't all that impressive as far as being an improvement over the D200 in high ISO. 2. Do you really need an extra 2 mp clogging up your system. 3. Do you shoot sports, need the better AF? Then go for it.
Otherwise, wait and see if the D300 is really that much of a leap over the D200. I'm having second thoughts now that I sold mine.
I only got $900 for it with a grip and two batteries, but it had about 22,000 actuations. Worked perfectly, however.
I'll be honest - i've been avoiding the D300 discussions, so i don't really know how the two compare. The high ISOs is where I would benefit the most, as i enjoy doing low light (hand held) shots. Is the 300 better handling noise in this regard? I've heard that CMOS sensors are better than CCD in this regard.
also, what is the impact of losing ISO 100 and putting it in a "boost" type of mode? I like to do some portraits in this ISO as I have 2 infants.
I also had no inclination to sell my D200, until i was offered the $1000 for it.
>I'll be honest - i've been avoiding the D300 discussions, so >i don't really know how the two compare. The high ISOs is >where I would benefit the most, as i enjoy doing low light >(hand held) shots. Is the 300 better in this regard? I've >heard that CMOS sensors are better than CCD in this regard. >
Who knows? Pictures on the net, if authentic, look very promising. Those who have been able to use one, say there is a good improvement, maybe 1.5 to 2 stops. So, if ISO 1000 to 1600 looks like ISO 400 from the D200, I'm a happy camper.
>also, what is the impact of losing ISO 100 and putting it in >a "boost" type of mode? I like to do some portraits in this >ISO as I have 2 infants.
That's the million dollar question. The generally accepted "guess" is that ISO 100 will look as good as, or better than that of the D200, but ISO 200 on the D300 will be better, so just shoot ISO 200, unless you need wide apertures.
Scott Chapin Powder Springs, GA, USA Nikonians Team Member
I gave up on Simon's after too many delays on lenses (the Nikkor 18-200VR and the Sigma 50-500) although I have bought a D70S and 70-200VR from them in the past. Now I deal with Lozeau up on St. Hubert Street. Much lower prices and stock available almost all the time. I have not tried to pre-order the D300 yet as I want to wait for reports to be posted on the first copies to be released next month. Then I'll decide when to upgrade from my D200 which is just being serviced at Nikon Montreal at 3300 Cote Vertu in St. Laurent. Their customer rep, Manuel, is a most agreeable chap who is very helpful if you need something fixed. You can see my thread here on what the "aperture control" is.