Sat 04-Aug-12 01:23 AM | edited Sat 04-Aug-12 01:47 AM by grizzly200
Anne, Congratulations on the 300s!
Before I got my D300, I read Ken Rockwell's guide and the Nikonians D300 guide many times over, although I shoot in RAW, so there I disagree with Rockwell. His overview of the menus is pretty good if you take his recommendations with a grain of salt. The camera's instruction manual is good, too, if you have one. There are also many good YouTube videos on various parts of the menus.
After I got the camera, my wife got me the Magic Lantern Publishing guide to the D300, which is good, too. I use it as a reference--when I come upon an unfamiliar setting situation, I go there.
Due to the sheer number of options you have with this camera, I found it valuable to read through the menus sections of these guides and familiarize myself with the menus.
I have now had my camera eight months, and I feel like I have a good understanding of the functions I use.
One important setting is ISO. You have the option of setting a locked-in ISO or going variable. If you decide to let the ISO vary, you can set a low and high limit for the camera. I set mine on variable--low limit 200, high limit HI-1, which is 6400. Others here will disagree with me on the high limit, but a little noise in low light doesn't bother me. (I used to love the grain in fast B&W film in the old days, too!)
Many of us here will be happy to answer your questions as they come up!
Thanks so much for the input... I'm looking into it and have been reading Rockwell for quite a while... although he said to go to full frame for sports photography rather than a 300S, that assumes a surfeit of lenses, which I sure as heck don't have! I talked with some shooters I trust in NHRA before I bought this camera. I do have a question - this is my first time using CF cards... I have always been happy with SanDisk's Extreme SD cards but not sure about their CF - have seen many guys using Lexar? Any suggestions will be welcome! Thanks again for keeping me in the loop - Annie
Welcome to these great forums, I have learned a lot from fellow Nikonians and there are many great people here to help you if you get stuck. Just to pick up on the following...
>I do have a question - this is my first time using CF cards... >I have always been happy with SanDisk's Extreme SD cards but >not sure about their CF - have seen many guys using Lexar? >Any suggestions will be welcome! >Thanks again for keeping me in the loop - Annie
I use SanDisk Extreme and have been very happy with them, in both my D200 and D700. I shoot a range of subjects including GT car racing and have not been let down yet.
since you're so good at getting back to me... I'm thinking of getting an 18-300 lens from Nikon... your thoughts on this? that way I could get rid of the 18-135 and 70-300... just want to make sure I'm doing the right thing... a
Honestly, coming from a D90, if you handled that camera well, this will not be THAT tough of a transition. There are a lot of things on the camera that you CAN set, but many of them you'll rarely if ever touch.
The whole PSAM thing and adjusting exposure won't be much different than the D90. Many adjustments will in some ways be easier because of the additional external controls on the D300s. Work on understanding the metering and auto-focus systems, and get the ISO, white balance, and picture controls settings down. The rest is details, and you'll pick it up over time.
Grab a book - there are many good ones. Go out and shoot a LOT of pictures. Float lots of questions here if you get stuck.
Thanks for the input - I've already done close to 3000 actuations and am learning as I go... trying to understand the differences - it's really an upgrade - and the little things are best learnt (at least by me) from trial and error. Am using the little cheater guide (small book) that came with it and keeping the manual close at hand! Thanks again - Annie
Thu 09-Aug-12 12:18 AM | edited Thu 09-Aug-12 12:26 AM by Enthus_Photo
I also just came from a D90 to a D300s, and I have to say I'm loving the D300s!
While the menus are deeper, the controls are much easier (switching metering modes, AF modes, etc.) since many of them are now a hardware switch.
All the things that cause hesitation and delay are now gone (at least the ones caused by the camera and I am really comfortable with the D300s. I don't miss the D90 at all (and I loved it).
Despite the fact that I really dislike Ken Rockwell (he's the Rush Limbaugh of the photography world - an arrogant, condescending, self-contradicting gas-bag that will say anything to generate clicks and money), I did find his walk-through of the menus generally helpful. His comments on going to full-frame are a great example - aside from the significant additional cost to us peons, it puts you in the world of more-expensive FX glass not to mention that many of us chose DX specifically for the crop-factor field-of-view, which is a benefit to sports and bird/wildlife shooters (also ignoring the 40% faster FPS rating, video, dual slots, smaller size/weight if you care about those things). But I digress...
I also read through the manual. David Bush's guide has good reviews on Amazon.
Lastly, I like Lexar Professional cards. They have been excellent and I trust their quality. I have Lexar 400X SDHC cards from my D90 days and my 1000X CompactFlash are on the way shortly...
love the comments about Rockwell but will check out his walk-through on understanding the camera - am reading through the manual and trying so very hard not to have my eyes glaze over... BTW, interesting blog - I am semi-professional as I both photograph and write stories about motorsports and the automobile trade... when I shoot touristy pics, it's usually with my HTC cell phone!
>love the comments about Rockwell but will check out his >walk-through on understanding the camera - am reading through >the manual and trying so very hard not to have my eyes glaze >over...
Yeah - I was a lot more ready for the manual once I'd gotten some general familiarity with the menus, etc. The Excel sheet here is said to be very good - I'm just trying to find the D300s version.
As for Ken, he drives me a little crazy, but probably better for me to leave it at that...
>BTW, interesting blog - I am semi-professional as I both >photograph and write stories about motorsports and the >automobile trade... when I shoot touristy pics, it's usually >with my HTC cell phone!
Thanks! I've really enjoyed the blog, and have been surprised at how much reaction/traffic it gets.
I've noticed a lot of pros tend toward leaving the tools they work with at home when they are on vacation. Certainly understandable, and the size and weight of an SLR is certainly an issue. One of these days I'll probably jump on a Nikon V1 (or more likely whatever is there a few years from now) - the kit with lenses is so small for the terrific capabilities of the body, plus you can add the FT-1 if you want to use your big Nikon glass. But I digress...
I think you'll find that the D300s offers a lot in trade for the D90 - the hardware controls are terrific, and I don't see myself moving back to the handling of the D90/D7000/D600 in the future. The handling is soooo seamless.
Ken Rockwell (he's the Rush Limbaugh of the photography world - an arrogant, condescending, self-contradicting gas-bag that will say anything to generate clicks and money) Don't hold back tell us how you really feel
I agree. both are good at telling people what they want to hear or don't want to hear, so either way people they get exposure.
I really love the controls on the 300s and wish they would put the iso/qual/WB buttons in that location on more cameras. It seems you have to pay a premium for it.
I am enjoying the camera and learning on the fly... loving those settings close at hand where they're intuitive - and yeah, Rockwell has to be taken with the proverbial grain of salt! Thanks for your comments!
I LOVE my d300s for sports...a real workhorse! Controls are really easy, and once you learn them, you can set several shooting banks to make the switches easier. I have severa lenses but mostly use my new Nikkor 18-300 mm VRII lens for outdoors...a great combo. Not sure I would switch to full frame.....the fps seems slower..depends on what you shoot, I guess. Good choice!
Thanks Barbara - love your Ft Pierce collection of images... took the D300S to Sonoma for drag racing its first time out and didn't have a clue what I was doing but had friends to help so the pics came out pretty well... looking forward to just fooling with it before the next gig, also at Sonoma for Indy cars! Thanks for being in touch - Annie
I like your use of the zoom on the drag racing picture. That technique was very popular in the late 60's and early 70's, when I was getting into photography. People were using the old Nikkor 43-86mm in those days.
Thanks James - It was a nasty Saturday at Pomona and I used the D90 with 35-70 push-pull... no photoshop involved in that one... got plenty more but wasn't about to put 'em all up at once.. am writing car reviews today and I've got some nifty shots of those to show off - eventually... Really appreciate your kind comments...