Personally I'd like the 4 "shooting banks" to remember the P/S/A/M mode as well as the settings currently remembered. I make regular use of teh shooting banks but have to remember to change between program and shutter-priority modes with different modes. But in reality, I can't remember Nikon making significant improvements to features thru firmware upgrades, usually they correct glitches or make relatively minor changes.
This is all very, very frustrating! The D300 is an amazing camera and it wouldn't take much to make it even better, i.e., some of my Firmware suggestions. Alas, Nikon doesn't seem to listen (or care?) about it's users. It can't take that much to modify the Firmware to take into account user needs or requests. My old D70 allows me +/- 2 EV settings for bracketing. I didn't think the otherwise much better D300 would be a step backward! I didn't even think to check when I upgraded to the D300.
Any ideas on how to get Nikon to listen? Is it possible? Or should I just resign myself to live with these frustrations.
I'd like to see a way to temporarily "lock" the buttons on the top left (the WB, QUAL, ISO). When I'm reviewing in portrait mode, I seem to almost always be inadvertently press one of them with my left hand while I'm scrolling with the command dial. Then my next few shots have whacked out WB or something before I realize what I did.
>My old D70 allows me +/- 2 EV settings for >bracketing. I didn't think the otherwise much better D300 >would be a step backward!
I didn't have a D70 so I am not sure about this, BUT, did the D70 allow you to take 9 bracketed shots? If not (and I realize this is not as elegant), you probably can accomplish the same thing by taking more shots and discarding every other shot, to get to +/- 2 EV. That would give you 5 images all +/- 2 EV.
Just a thought.
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No, the D70 did not allow that many shots. Yes, ultimately, the D300 gives me the opportunity to shoot more images so I can delete the ones I don't want. But when time is of the essence (changing light), I'd rather shoot as quickly as possible. The extra RAW images also take up unnecessary room.
I've learned to live with it. All in all, I love the D300!