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D300 and 24mm f/2.8 AIS Nikkor? (or 24mm f/2.8 AFD?)

Jim Mohundro

Seattle, US
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Jim Mohundro Silver Member Nikonian since 23rd Jul 2008
Mon 06-May-13 10:17 PM | edited Tue 07-May-13 02:48 AM by Jim Mohundro

My sole DSLR is the D700 with a few AF and manual lenses and my lightweight digital camera is the Panasonic GX1 with a 20mm f/1.7 pancake and a 14-45 zoom. The latter is my go-to combination for travel, especially up or down hills on cobblestone streets in Europe in hot summer months.

Partly because sometimes it would be useful for me to hit some IQ sweet spot between the two cameras, partly because the D300 is about the weight and size of my earlier D200; partly because it might be fun to extend the reach of my 180mm Nikkor AFD; and, finally, and partly, because good, used D300 bodies seem to be showing up in the $500 to $650 range, I'm tempted to acquire one of those (if modestly-used and in very good condition) copy of a D300 (I don't need video or any other D300S features as far as I can determine) to give me a bit lighter camera body and pair it with my existing 24mm f/2.8 AIS Nikkor for some casual walkabout shooting.

Is the D300/24mm f/2.8 AIS Nikkor a good compromise combination (e.g., the 24mm f/1.4 is way beyond my pay grade), given that I'd have to manually focus? Does the D300 have the "green spot" manual focusing aid like the D700?

Although I'd be tempted to "upgrade" the AIS lens to the ADF equivalent, I understand from a bit of reading that the AF lens is not as sharp as the earlier AIS version (I'm not a bokeh guy so I wouldn't be hanging around the maximum aperture unless the lighting demanded it), but Thom apparently like the ADF version.

I invite comments on my pairing suggestion.

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