Reading about the D300s of this forum has sure taken the joy out of buying my D300s. I should have done more research and read more post on this forum. There seens to be a lot of negitive responses. I upgraded from my D200. Though I might keep the D200. So help me out here regarding my buy I might have made a big mistake buying this camera. Now I an thinking that I should have held out for the D400.
The d300s camera buy: D300s including the box and all the accessories
that are shipped with the camera. also, the MB-D10 battery pack with all it accessories. Plus an EN-EL4A battery, BL-3 battery chamber cover and the MH-21 battery charger for the EN-EL4a battery. the batteries, when fullly charged read as "new", but I have not used then under load as yet. The price, $900.00 USD.
I purchased this gear for the original owner. He purchased the camera in 2009 and the battery grip in 2010. The camera became the backup camera for his D3.
BTW, shutter actuvations, including the 10 that I made: 1384
and both camera and grip look like I was the first person to
remove then for the boxes.
Do I need to change my posting name to d300sman?
Thank you for your help, Bob
#1. "RE: D300s" | In response to Reply # 0F2AS Registered since 23rd Nov 2005Fri 08-Nov-13 10:18 PM
Sounds like you got a great deal on your D300s. It's a fantastic camera. I've had mine since 2009 and while I wouldn't mind having a D400 with a great 18mp sensor someday, my D300s has many more years of useful life left in it as far as I'm concerned. I'm yet to see a photo taken with any other DSLR that's any better than what I can get out of the D300s.
#2. "RE: D300s" | In response to Reply # 0dm1dave Nikonian since 12th Sep 2006Fri 08-Nov-13 10:32 PM | edited Fri 08-Nov-13 10:33 PM by dm1dave
The D300s is still a great camera. At only 1384 shutter clicks the camera is essentially new. I think you got a good deal.
The problem with waiting for the D400 is that it has already been a very long wait and it still may never come.
#3. "RE: D300s" | In response to Reply # 0Floridian Nikonian since 11th Feb 2007Fri 08-Nov-13 11:49 PM
I don't recall many negative posts about the D300s. Yes, people are posting that they'd like to see a D400, and the D300s is older technology, but a great camera. I have a D300 (not D300s) that I bought six years ago when it was first introduced. Mine has more than 81,000 shutter actuations on it now and I'm still very impressed with the camera. While I'd like to see a D400, I'd likely just keep my D300, because it does everything I need. Of course, the D200 is a great camera too, but the D300 will show less noise at high ISOs, and you will also find the battery life to be much better than the D200. Seems like you got a great deal on the camera, and if I was in your position I'd be pretty happy.
#4. "RE: D300s" | In response to Reply # 3d200man Registered since 06th Feb 2011Sat 09-Nov-13 01:46 AM
Thanks everyone for your responce and making me feel like I might have made to right move in buying the D300s. The word negative is not the word is was thinking about, I was relating to some of the problems with the D300s presented on this forum, including problems with noise and low light during sport shooting and such. But the D300s is also an improvement over my D200 in many areas.
#5. "RE: D300s" | In response to Reply # 4jamesvoortman Nikonian since 06th Sep 2004Sat 09-Nov-13 03:15 PM
I had a D200 and still have a D300. The D300 is still a great camera. Compared to D200 I found the higher ISO capability and extra pixels to be a noticeable improvement. The menu offers way more options for customising the camera. The on-camera flash can be used when in commander mode whereas on the D200 it was only used for triggering and monitor pre-flash. D300 has AF fine tune which helped me to get more from some of my lenses. Faster frame rate was also useful. Then there is Live View, and I believe the D300s can do video as well.
So overall it is a significant upgrade and you seem to have found an almost new camera in excellent condition. Nothing wrong there.
Now the D400 : I was also holding out for one of these and eventually gave up. I do not think we will see a D400. Look at the specs of D7100 and apart from the enthusiast rather than pro oriented controls, what could you add to it that would differentiate a "D400" from this camera to represent a clearly higher level? And remembering that your additions cannot drive the price too far into FX territory, which is where Nikon would really prefer you to go.
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#6. "RE: D300s" | In response to Reply # 4Marmion4 Nikonian since 21st Sep 2008Sun 10-Nov-13 04:56 PM
I have kept my D300S as a backup with my D800E. I originally got the D300S while waiting for the next Nikon Full Frame, as the menu was so close to the D700--figured I would get familiar with the menu.
Another bonus was the Nikonian's class on the D300 and D300s. Had the pleasure to meet Steve Simon and greatly enjoyed his class. Also, attended the same class one year later. Wanted to review what I learned there to transfer to my new camera whenever Nikon got around to D700 upgrade.
Be sure to look for Nikonians classes, just awesome!
Enjoy your D300s!
#7. "RE: D300s" | In response to Reply # 0
I also traded my D200 in towards a D300s a couple of years ago. No regrets here.... the move was a good one, and it should be for you to. I have only messed with video features once or twice, and to be honest I've only used live view capability a few times... the newer AF system and incremental ISO performance is a significant improvement.
The irony about the whole process is that this summer I purchased a used D200 with a shutter actuation count of ~2000 or so. (I got the camera, MB-200 grip, mint SB-800, better beamer, RRS L-bracket and 4 batteries, charger for $650). I purchased it so that I would use it as a teaching camera for my wife... and all the accessories are fully compatible with the D300s so this worked out great.
I am thinking of a used D700 for the same reason. They are all good cameras.