I am going to get one of these cameras, but I'm confused about which one to get. I mainly shoot wildlife and my family. I realize that the D700 is full frame, but has anyone taken photos in low light using both of them for comparison? Is the D300 as sharp in low light situations as the D700? I'd love to hear your comments on the two. The man at my local camera shop seems to think I'd like the D300 better since I photograph wildlife and he does have one in stock, but doesn't have the D700 in stock. I guess what I'd like to hear from someone who is not trying to sell a camera. I forgot to say that I have a D2X right now.
#1. "RE: D700 vs. D300" | In response to Reply # 0Photo_Art_W Nikonian since 21st Nov 2005Tue 23-Sep-08 04:15 AM
I had a D300 & bought a D700 in late August.
The D700 is a better low-light shooter than the D300. It shares the same sensor as the D3. But the D300 is no slouch either, and is a great improvement over the D200 in low-light performance capability.
If you're interested in shooting wildlife, then you'll benefit more from the D300 with the multiplication factor of the DX sized sensor, turning any long lens you have into an even longer one by 1.5x.
I greatly appreciate low-light performance when shooting indoor amateur sports (grandkids basketball), or using available light shooting our 6 month old Grandson. The D700 definitely gives me more "elbow room" than the D300 did, but I was happy with the performance of the D300. I prefer the FX format for landscape shooting and wide angle use, but kept my D200 as a backup or for times when I can benefit from the magnification factor (shooting at the zoo).
I'd say go with the D300 for greater lens focal lengths it will give you. You might even pick a nice one up for a very reasonable price from those of us that suffer from NAS and are selling our D300s here!
#2. "RE: D700 vs. D300" | In response to Reply # 1KnightPhoto Nikonian since 18th Dec 2006Thu 25-Sep-08 11:11 AM
Art does have a good point, a hardly-used D300 from a fellow Nikonian might also allow you to afford the D700 and sell the D2x. From what you describe you can benefit from the features of both cameras! A two-camera FX/DX system has a lot of advantages.
But on the other hand, if you do not need low light for wildlife (?), then keep the D2x, and get the D700 for its low-light and better dynamic range.
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#3. "RE: D700 vs. D300" | In response to Reply # 0
Yes. I shot a series of comparison shots and posted them at http://www.pbase.com/lmmiller9/d700300_comparisons.
For daylight wildlife shooting I think you are better off with the D300 given the 1.5 factor and the costs/weight of long lenses. In daylight you will be hard pressed to find any difference in image quality.
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#4. "RE: D700 vs. D300" | In response to Reply # 3Lee Anne Registered since 28th Jan 2007Thu 25-Sep-08 03:01 PM
Thanks, everyone! I think for right now, I'm not going to get the D300. I took some pics of my dog with both the D2X and D300 and the difference in quality in low light is minimal. Larry, after seeing the difference between the D300 and D700 in low light, I'm really wanting it. I know I'll be getting the D3X or whatever it will be called when and if it comes out. ...so now I've about talked myself into waiting...and that's something I don't do very well. :-P
#5. "RE: D700 vs. D300" | In response to Reply # 4agitater Nikonian since 18th Jan 2007Sat 27-Sep-08 02:01 PM
>Thanks, everyone! I think for right now, I'm not going to
>get the D300. I took some pics of my dog with both the D2X
>and D300 and the difference in quality in low light is
>minimal. Larry, after seeing the difference between the D300
>and D700 in low light, I'm really wanting it. I know I'll be
>getting the D3X or whatever it will be called when and if it
>comes out. ...so now I've about talked myself into
>waiting...and that's something I don't do very well. :-P
If you already own several good quality DX lenses, stick with the D300. It's a wonderful camera that does extremely well out to around ISO1200. If you already own several good quality film lenses (non-DX in other words), then I think the D700 is the better choice.
#6. "RE: D700 vs. D300" | In response to Reply # 5