I sent Tom Bone three pictures I took with the D300 which I got from the local camera store on the day before Thanksgiving. To make a long story short, the D300 images at ISO 3200 are incredible! I sure am looking forward to getting rid of my D2Xs and getting a second D300. Maybe these photos will end up in the eZine as Tom's message indicates. Anybody who wants to see three 100 dpi 1000 X 667 pixel images (ISO 3200 and one at ISO 200), email me at :
I would have to wholeheartedly agree about the photos at ISO 3200 being incredible. I just got my D300 last night and took it along to my daughter's indoor soccer game this morning. I am quite familiar with my D200, but I was pretty much just farting around with the D300...I haven't even taken the manual out of the wrapper yet. Well, I was shooting in manual mode at 3200 ISO with my Sigma 100-300 f/4, indoors, hand held, under bad fluorescent lighting, no flash and through the protective net no less. Focal length was close to or at shutter speed on most shots. After just looking at the photos, I was astounded at how well the camera performed. I was hoping it would be good...but not this good! FWIW, ISO 1600 is better than the same setting on the D200 too. All I can say is WOW!
When you shot your daughter's indoor soccor game I assume you were in continuous shooting mode (w/ the portrait grip?). What AF mode did you use? Did you use the "51-point 3D tracking" mode? How do that go? Of the 6 or 8 frames were they usually all hits?
Sounds like you're describing the infamous "spray and pray" beginners method of action photography. No, I don't have the vertical grip yet. And all of these were single, panning shots. And no 3D tracking yet either. Like I said, I haven't even opened the owner's manual yet! The fact that it tracked so well without the AF being fooled by the contrast of the net (the net was half the distance to my subjects) is quite impressive.
>When you shot your daughter's indoor soccor game I assume >you were in continuous shooting mode (w/ the portrait >grip?). What AF mode did you use? Did you use the "51-point >3D tracking" mode? How do that go? Of the 6 or 8 frames were >they usually all hits? > >Thanks.
I had a call from my local Nikon stockist on Saturday to tell me he had just taken delivery of one D300 so I'm off to pick it up on Monday. He tells me they are like 'rocking horse droppings' I'll keep you posted when I've picked it up and given it some use.
best buy has them. a friend of mine ordered one, and then she decided she wanted to order it with her best buy card. so she put another order in. a day or so after that order she went back in to cancel the first order and they said the order was on it's way. so she has two d300 coming tomorrow. i suppose she will send one back.
I just received my D300 an hour ago from Best Buy. The purchase was made Sunday morning online. Since today is my day off I have been waiting for the delivery since this morning. I opened the box and installed a freshly charged battery I have from my D200. First impression it is a D200 on steroids. up until now I thought the D200 was the closest in feel to the F100 (always loved the feel of the F100). I have changed that thought because the balance in weight and feel of the D300 is closer. Since I was planning to get around eventually purchasing a second D200 anyway this makes the decision a bit better.
Ok, the first thing I wanted to try was the high ISO with a non-CPU lens. The first choice was my 35mm f1.4. I notice that the D300 allows you to preset these lens and give them a number value so you don't have to go back to the full menue every time you mount it, that is a positive for those who still have a collection of the old AIS lenses. With low light no flash the camera seems incredible.
The LCD is as everyone has discribe, remarkable. I never went beyond ISO 1200 shooting sports with the D200 or D2h, however I can see ISO 2000 will peak off with this camera. I doubt if I would every take it to 3200 except in an extreme emergency. The menu lay out is pretty much the same as the D200 to me so I had no problem setting my choice of features. I having not mastered the setting for the 51 point AF yet but will as soon as I get some sleep and spend a little time with the manual.
There are so many Bells and whisles on this camera that it does not make sense to try to address them all. One thing for certain if you like the D200 you will like this camera. Live view would be greater if the LCD hasd the ability to tilt but I don't think I will have much use for it as it creats a delay which could be costly in action shots. It may benefit those who shoot weddings or stock photo's. Certainly still life photographer will get a bang out of it. In my opinion the D300 as a tool just gives you more options.
Later after I get a little sleep I may go down to midtown and try it out on the streets. New York is great during the holiday and there I can give the high ISO a run for it's money. I could not sleep early because since 3 A.M I have been waiting for the UPS Truck, a bad case of NAS.
I just got my D300 yesterday, pulled the batteries out of my D200 and started playing around with it. So far I am pretty impressed and happy. I will be giving it a real workout over the weekend shooting sports with my 70-200VR and/or 85 1.8 - at 1600 and 3200, no flash.
I ran outside of my office this afternoon with the 18-200VR on it and took a couple of test shots with the metering set at spot for a few, and matrix for some others. I was worried about some of the reports of it metering a little hot. All are at ISO 200 in program mode, no compensations or Photoshop adjustments other than blurring the license plates on the cars. They were all shot in JPEG Fine, Auto WB. Even on my uncalibrated laptop monitor, they look quite nice.
You can pull down the fulls and see the EXIF data for more info or to check out the details.
Took mine to work today to shoot three assignments. One a fairly straight bounced flash shot of a group, second a distribution of food and mittens to underprivileged children and third a quick portrait with off-camera flash.
I had the battery pack attached.
Focusing is not nice. This will take some getting used to. I missed a lot of shots because the 3-D focusing kept jumping off the subject and onto the background. It also jumped off faces and onto flat surfaces nearby. At this point, I'd consider this "feature" pretty much worthless and nothing I care to use in a critical situation.
LCD is way too bright. I turned mine back to -3 to get a better idea of what is really going on.
Noise. Very disappointing. I thought we Nikon owners would finally have something we could put up against Canon. Not so. Even the 400 shot was disappointing. I shot at 800 and 1600 at the food distribution. Mushy, loss of detail at 800; 1600 actually looked better with low NR.
Auto WB. All over the place under sodium vapors. One frame pink, the next green. Finally did a custom WB to get consistency.
Flash: Tends to underexpose 1/3 to 2/3 stops, just as my D200.
Construction: on par with the D200.
LCD: What was all the fuss about? I don't get it. Too bright, a little bigger. So what?
Overall: I had really considered jumping over to Canon earlier this year, but I waited for the next Nikon cycle. Being unable to afford a D3, the Canon 5D was real attractive to me. After using the D300 for a day, it is still attractive.
It will take a lot more use and better results than what I got today to want to keep this camera in my bag.
Disappointed on all counts. Once again, I fell for the hype!
Why not go rent a 5D for a week (or a month, because it takes that long to learn how to use a camera), and make your decision based on your own experience? Folks will be lining up to take the D300 off your hand if you go the C-way.
Don't feel too bad. I'm from Toronto (Ontario, Canada) and we're not supposed to get ours till December the 10th. Or there abouts. Though, that doesn't mean the shops don't already have them in. I haven't checked yet.
With the Canon 40D shops here had them 3 weeks before the "offical" release date. Maybe it's the same with the D300.
I'd like to read a few test reports first. In addition to hearing from owners.
I will post a detailed reply to Tom tomorrow but here are two downsized versions of what I will send him with additional comments...
All in all these first 5 days with the D300 have been a joyful learning curve - in short - feels great - improves on almost every complaint I ever had with the D200 and in most cases eliminates them - Love the out of camera jpgs and this camera will serve as a very good 2nd camera to the D3 I will get at the end of this week...
Because I shoot events this beauty should allow me to spend much less time Post Processing after a shoot and therefore be able to deliver to my customers faster than previously possible...
2 shots attached - A quick shot from the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters Baseball Team's Champions Parade here in Sapporo Japan on Saturday... ( D300 using 80-200 twin Ring ) - a last glimpse of the new Nissan GTR before it goes back to Tokyo... ( D300 using 18-200 VR )