Long time D300 owner, figured I'd share my impressions for anyone making the switch.
Sold all my lenses and made the jump.
Dynamic range is amazing. The amount of detail this thing can pull from the shadows is amazing. Auto ISO with lens detect for shutter speed floor is a nice option too. It may seem like a cheesy add on, but the Time lapse movie mode is actually pretty awesome. I setup my tripod in my hotel room out the window in japan and went for breakfast. Came back to an auto stitched .MOV movie of the sunrise. Very easy to use, and I'm not big into movies. Dual card slots is great U1 U2 is awesome and easy to setup Overall I like the camera a lot, here's a few of my dislikes.
I do miss a few features that sometimes have me wondering if I should have gone with the D800, I just don't see myself spending all that for a new body and all new lenses so...
AF points are very centered. I've never really had to recompose with my D300 as mode almost always nailed it for me. Now I find myself recomposing often.
No 1 click 100% zoom. Not the end of the world, but I miss it.
Miss the ISO button on top, but again just a new work flow, not a game changer.
Oil splatter- yes I have it. I don't see it in my pics but if I shoot at F22 you'd be shocked. All over the thing at F22 but have yet to see it in my F9-F11 pics. I'll prob wait a while and then just clean the sensor. Never had to with my D300 and am bummed I need to with my new camera, but what you gonna do?
I really had a tough time deciding on my replacements. The 16-85 was on my D300 24/7. I ended up grabbing the 16-35 f4 Really impressed but I miss the reach of the 16-85. Prob should have grabbed the 24-70 but I already have the 50 1.8 and the 70-300 All of which are great. Looking forward to the day when a full frame mirrorless can keep up. The 600 with the 16-35 is a beast to carry around.
Tue 20-Nov-12 01:56 AM | edited Tue 20-Nov-12 01:56 AM by William Symonds
+1 to all of that and the time lapse movie thing sounds terrific, and my children will like it too. I am already blown away by the quality of everything, including the video.
The only other thing I miss is that it would be terrific to be able to change shooting mode (P S A and M etc) within U1 and U2 settings. I really like the U1 and U2 concept but the absence of this does rather disable them. As it is on my camera U1 and U2 are identical except that one is stored as M and the other as A, which seems wasteful and requires careful maintenance to keep them in sync..
The aperture bug in video and live view is about to be fixed in firmware, maybe Nikon will allow us to use the OK button for zooming too after the firmware update. Mind you it would not be quite so useful now that we have to recompose so much with the relatively smaller AF grid in the FX frame.
Thanks for comments on the 16-35. I was fed up with the heavy 17-55 on DX and don't want another brick...
I'm curious about the time lapse movie function. Specifically, if you shoot the frames in portrait mode how does the camera process the movie? Does it automatically rotate the stills and give you a correctly aligned, portrait framed movie? Or do the frames end up sideways?
Tue 20-Nov-12 08:21 PM | edited Tue 20-Nov-12 08:29 PM by William Symonds
The latter and in 16x9 format too. No doubt software could fix that though if not you'll need to watch the movie on your side or rotate your television I guess. It's a terrific feature, though it will bump the shutter count a fair bit.
It drains the battery a fair bit so if you want to complete a movie much longer than a minute in final length you may need to fit a grip or down turn anything that uses batteries like screen brightness.
> No 1 click 100% zoom. Not the end of the world, but I miss it.
That is the main thing that I hope is added with a firmware update, but I am not holding my breath. It seems odd that the feature is only offered on the higher end cameras, because I bet amateurs zoom in on their shots more frequently than pros do.