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D700 or D300 for Wildlife and Sports?

NikonHank

Howell, US
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NikonHank Silver Member Nikonian since 14th Jan 2009
Sun 01-Feb-09 04:50 AM

Hello all, let me start out by saying this is a wonderful community! In fact I enjoy this site so much, I've just signed up as a silver member. I’ve been reading the forums for a few months (prior to the new membership policy) and have learned many things. It seems with acquired knowledge comes additional questions about what particular camera body is best for sports and wildlife (mostly birds) photography.

Some personal background: I have been away from photography for over 20 years and formally shot an Fe2 body. I have three manual focus 35mm lenses: a 28mm f/2, a 135mm f/2.8 and a 100-300mm f/5.6 tele zoom (which I read was a good macro lens). With such a small lens collection, I have no problem going either FX or DX. I’m not too concerned about the digital learning curve as I’ll immerse myself into the camera and read Thom Hogan’s e-book on whatever body I purchase.

I would like to photograph the following listed in order of preference: birds, fast action sports (both indoor and out), wildlife, macro (flowers and insects), people/street, landscapes and portraits. My concern is choosing the correct camera. A D700 has great low light capability and less noise than a D300 but it doesn’t have its FPS. The D300 also has the “reach” advantage of a DX’s FOV. I will concentrate on obtaining good glass to start: the 24-70mm f/2.8, 70-200mm f/2.8 and either the 17-35mm f/2.8 (if I go FX) or 12-24mm f/4 (if DX is chosen). I will buy a 105mm f/2.8 macro and the 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 in the near future to close out my initial lens selections. The 300mm f/2.8, 200mm f/4 macro, 50mm f1.4 and 85mm f/1.4 are all on the wish list. With my photography preferences and these lenses, which camera body would you learned folks recommend: D700, D300 or dare I say, even the D3? Any of these bodies are in my budget but the more I spend on the camera the less I’ll have for lens purchases.

Thanking you all in advance for your thoughts and recommendations. It’s great to be a Nikonian!

All the best,

Hank

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