I for one would like to state I'm not on the upgrade marry-go-round waiting for a D400. I am very happy with my D300! It feels good in my hands, it looks great, and it makes great pictures.
With so many others pointing out that the D300's technology is 5 years old, I would like to point out that there is another classic--the ultimate classic--whose technology is now 53 YEARS OLD, and it is as amazing as ever!
So let us sing the praises of the D300! And when this forum becomes the D400, 300, 200, and 100 forum, some of us will quietly keep on shooting with that landmark machine.
Yes, James--it will be a good time to get 300's, 300s's, and 700's. One thing I am going to look into (pun intended!) is installing one of those Katz Eye screens. I want to put in one identical to the one in my trusty FM. Do you have one in your 700?
Regarding the Katz Eye screens. I have used them in Three D200 cameras. (Can't think how to write D200s without causing a forum stir!)
Loved them, they gave a lovely crisp image, worked with what seemed to be a shallower DOF on the screen image, so focus was either in or out.
Used with a lovely 600mm f5.6 and the split rangefinder never blanked out. Also got them to custom make one with just the rangefinder, no fresnel. Not sure it was any better, but it did allow me to use more of the entire screen for some focussing jobs.
Haven't used them on the D300.
The fitting is really quite easy, it sounds like surgery, but really it is only a loosing a wire hook, popping out the old one and replacing the new one and working the wire back. I was paranoid the first time, but nothing bad happened.
.. I set out to discover the inventions of God. -John Muir
I agree with you on this. I'm completely satisfied with my D300 and don't think I'd want to upgrade to a D400. Of course, when I see what it will do, I might change my mind!
But, I'd still like to see this line of cameras continue. It's more likely I'd buy a D500 when that time comes. So, while I don't think I'll buy a D400 myself, I would like to see Nikon stay competitive with this category of camera.
I'm very happy with my D300s and use my D200 as a backup. I waited a long time to upgrade, have had it less than a year, and am very happy with its performance. It does everything I need and a whole lot more that I haven't even begun to use yet. Great camera.
Digital cameras, in part due to their construction, and in part due to the constant upgrade rat race, will never carry the same collectible/usability characteristics, of say, a Nikon F. Years from now, most of them will be dead or in landfills, and not in collectors hands or in showrooms, let alone be sought after. One just has to face reality here.
I am not happy with the D300 in the way it exposes (usually hot), or it's low light noise (anything beyond ISO800 looks awful. But I shoot mostly film now, so really have no need to upgrade.
The D300 likes to be exposed to the right - to keep the noise down - and highlight recovery is pretty good. When using matrix, -.3 is my usual setting and, as I said, I like to expose hot. But all of this is quite controllable.
I use spot metering and put the center rectangle on Zone V--works well for me. I ahoot RAW, and like things a little overexposed anyway--you can pull out more detail in processing. I don't have any complaints about the low light performance. It's nice to be able to go up to 1600 or 3200 and get good results.
I don't know if the topic here is simply bird photography or low-light performance in general, but I don't think the D300 is THAT awful at ISO 3200. I try to constrain my work to below ISO 1600 as best I can as well, but sometimes it makes the difference of going home with some pictures or totally getting skunked, and with a little bit of noise reduction, you can wind up with some decent photos.
I took the below photos at my son's purple belt test in karate. No flash was allowed. The images are ISO 3200, 17-55mm f/2.8 lens at 34mm, f/2.8, 1/125 sec. They won't win any prizes, nor can I print them at poster size, but for Facebook, emailing to grandma, and printing at 5x7, they're fine. The phone camera and point-and-shoot crowd went home with nothing. I realize everyone's needs are different, but even having the money, I can't justify going out and spending thousands of dollars on a new body to get photos like this a little bit crisper.
We spend so much time putting images on computer screens and yet fixated on huge numbers of pixels. I shot night football for my son last season with the ISO maxed on the D300. The results for Facebook or small 5x7 's were adequate. Slow shutter speed blur was more significant then noise from high ISO by far.
It was also a rare momement that I reall needed high ISO. I had my D300 for five years and rarely shoot above 400.
>The D300 likes to be exposed to the right - to keep the noise >down - and highlight recovery is pretty good. When using >matrix, -.3 is my usual setting and, as I said, I like to >expose hot. But all of this is quite controllable.
I am wondering how you can expose to the right with a - EV ?
Add another one to the "Love my D300" crowd! It is my favorite Nikon body, with the D200 running a close second.
I had a D700 for awhile which is a terrific camera, but as the economy went south & I was getting less shooting gigs, I switched back to the DX camp which suits my "serious hobbyist" needs quite well.
I tried a D90 in the past as a possible backup body, but found that I really didn't like the size or how it fit in my hand. Also the menus were different enough for me to take pause if I would ever be switching back & forth body/lens combos. Same reasons why I won't even bother looking at a D7k.
So, alas I'm biding my time considering a used D200, or when/if the D400 is announced, will welcome another D300 as a backup/2nd body at an even sweeter price than they are currently!
Art, I can completely concur with what you said about the size and feel of the D300. Its dimensions and weight are ideal for me, too. I enjoy the ease with which I can switch between my manual focus lenses, and enter the non-cpu data for each. I set it up on the function button.
I have always been very happy with my D300. I was never tempted to upgrade to the D7000, and the only thing that will get me to upgrade to the D400 would be a substantial improvement in high ISO performance. I try not to go as high as ISO1600, but even then I feel I can clean things up with good PP.
We have become so fussy about noise in recent years. Remember what the the D70 images looked like at ISO800! I know grain is more easy on the eye than noise, but we didn't moan when we were using high speed films, we accepted the trade off. If the photograph is interesting enough, the noise is overlooked by the viewer.
Tue 28-Feb-12 10:37 AM | edited Tue 28-Feb-12 11:25 AM by bellnier
I'm delighted with my D300. It's just enough camera, and in some ways more than enough, for my skills, my habits and my needs. The feel and weight, with battery grip, is exactly right for me. Having said that, if the putative D400 is compelling enough I will take a pretty hard look with an eye on upgrading. But I've got to also keep the bottom line in mind: add a new grip, a new L-bracket, a new spare battery, possibly memory cards, and so on...that's another $500+ (although if I sell my present kit I'll almost certainly recoup those costs). -Dave
"Stupidity is a gift from God, but one mustn't misuse it" - Pope John Paul II
>I have always been very happy with my D300. I was never >tempted to upgrade to the D7000, and the only thing that will >get me to upgrade to the D400 would be a substantial >improvement in high ISO performance. I try not to go as high >as ISO1600, but even then I feel I can clean things up with >good PP. > >We have become so fussy about noise in recent years. Remember >what the the D70 images looked like at ISO800! I know grain is >more easy on the eye than noise, but we didn't moan when we >were using high speed films, we accepted the trade off. If the >photograph is interesting enough, the noise is overlooked by >the viewer.
Amen. Actually, the D70's performance at ISO800 is one of the main things that sold me on the D300 and, yes, even better high ISO performance is what I'm hoping for from any putative D400. All said, the D300 has been a great camera.
I just upgraded from a D80 to a used D300s and I couldn't be happier. I considered the D7k but honestly low light shooting isn't very important to me and I much prefer the beefiness, extra controls and ergonomics. I don't really make prints either. As long as this camera keeps ticking I can't see myself upgrading in the next 5+ years.
>HI, > >I've been trying to find tutorials and tips for the D300. >Would appreciate it a lot if anyone >can tell me where I can download them. Thanks!
The very best thing you can do to learn the D300 is attend one of the Nikonians "D300/D300s In Depth" workshops. You will learn from a professional photographer how to use the menu settings to full advantage to capture extraordinary images. You will also learn to configure your settings for your shooting style. I left the workshop with an entirely new appreciation of the many features of the incredible D300, and I have totally changed the way I shoot, and I mean totally!
I absolutely love my D300s with MB-D10, and my D200 (wife now uses).
In fact so much, this week I was able to pick up two virtually new bodies. The first was a mint D300 with 1,700 actuations and absolutely not a mark on it - and the second was for all intensive purposes a brand new (less than 175 actuations), D200 complete with also new MB-d200 grip!!
Best part was the deal - under a grand for the pair!! I'm set.
Every time I upload pictures from it and process them, I like my camera even more. And just the other day, on Easter, I let a cousin hold it and shoot with it, and he immediately wanted one. Happens all the time. I told him to go to KEH.
I love my D300, as well. I have had mine for 4 years, I think, and have loved it since I got it. It is a bit heavy for me (I think it is a perfect fit for a man, but it is a bit chunky for a woman's hands), but I don't mind one bit because of the great photos I get out of it.
That being said, I am ready to get a camera with built-in video recording. So if/when a D400 (I am assuming a D400 would be a DX camera, which I intend to stick with) becomes available, I will most likely get one.
I am also more than happy with my D300. I was never comfortable with the D200, it rarely seemed to give the the lovely crisp colours I used to get to get with my D70, now everything is rosy again.The only real criticism I have is that the focussing can hunt a bit in low light/low contrast situations.I'll be keeping it for a good while yet.
Hi folks. This is a very encouraging thread. I am currently awaiting delivery of a D300s. I originally ordered a D7000, but once I had a chance to actually handle a D7000 I found it too small (and plasticky), so changed my order to a D300s.
The D300s is in an odd position in the Nikon lineup. The D7000 seems much more popular. But for me handling and ergonomics are big factors, and after all the 300s is at the bottom of the 'pro' lineup, a notch above (and more expensive than) the 7000, which is at the top of the 'consumer' range.
I look forward to checking back in here once I have my camera....
John, I have owned a Leica camera in the past, and making pictures with the D300 gives me the same feeling--a well-made, top quality piece of equipment in the hands. Cameras either have it, or they don't. This camera definitely has it.
Sat 21-Apr-12 02:08 AM | edited Sat 21-Apr-12 02:10 AM by grizzly200
I was making some pictures for a neighbor the other day with my D300, and her son brought out his Canon Digital Rebel. We swapped cameras, and he uttered the same word I hear just about every time I put my camera into someone's hands--"WOW!"
Just the other day at Best Buy, I was talking to a young man from China who was looking at D3100, D5100, D7000, and D90, all of which the store sells. He asked if he could see my camera, (which the store doesn't sell) so I put it in his hands. Within minutes, he decided to call KEH to get a used D300.
Love my D300 as well. It was the first of the Nikon bodies that I purchased knowing it was perfect for me and didn't want any other features when I got my hands on it. Unfortunately, I now lust for the ISO performance of FX bodies, but the cost reality of making the transition is too painful right now.
Hi I started my photography with D80and initially was very happy . as the days passed found a need to upgrade by observing the fellow photographers Images then switched to D200and was very much pleased with it. my wishlist was to get D300,at last I had opportunity to grab D300s and I am very happy with this camera body but getting no chance to master this D300s as there are no workshop held in India. Can somebody suggest me how to master the technics.
My first DLSR was the D70, then I got a D200 and now I have the D300s. With both the D70 and D200 there things I wanted that the cameras didn't have but with the D300s I have all the features I want. I'll be interested to see the successor to the D300s but at the moment I can't imagine what features it could have that would make me want to upgrade.
It's definitely a good camera. I just "upgraded" to a used D300 from a D70 that I've had since its introduction. I was on the fence for a long time between the D300, D700 and D7000. After myriad detailed comparisons, lots of tentative decisions and more used-market trolling than I can begin to convey here, I settled on the D300. Ultimately - it met all of my criteria for an upgrade (and then some):
Faster frame rates (minimum of 6FPS)
More durable, weather-sealed body w/ ergonomics that did not sacrifice on the already good design and ergonomics of the D70.
Decent ISO 1600 IQ
Auto-FP High Speed Synch
Price below $1200
I can't sing the praises of this camera enough. I don't make purchses like this on a whim - it takes months of research, trials and, honestly, worry and in the end, the D300 is exactly what I want. Admittedly, though, I can see a day in the next couple of years where I might supplement it with a used D700 when prices of those go down a bit more.