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Nikon D300 Black 12.3 MP Digital SLR Camera - Body Only
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Best Bang for your Buck 01/21/2009

This review is from: Nikon D300 Black 12.3 MP Digital SLR Camera - Body Only

Pros: Outstanding image quality, intuitive menus with custom setups. For those of you still clinging to 35mm, you really need to spend a long weekend shooting with this - it will convert you. It has nearly identical image quality compared to the D3 for about a third of the cost. Stunning bargain for what it provides - and over a year later, still sells for the same price I paid. The sensor onboard will outresolve many lenses.

Cons: The sensor onboard will outresolve many lenses. DON'T buy the variable aperture zooms. Shoot test shots on those, and then invest in real glass ie : 24-70mmF2.8, 80-200mmF.8, etc. or Nikons fast prime lenses will produce markedly superior images on this body. I do reccommend the older 80-200 over the new 70-200 as I find it optically superior, half the price, and does not vignette if you happen to also have a full frame body.

Only CON I could think of would be the lack of HD video capture that the D90 offers for less $$. Of course, things always getter better and cheaper the longer you wait. You aren't shooting while you are waiting though, are you?

Other Thoughts: The 10.5mmF2.8 fisheye lens is the most fun I have had with this camera - outstanding 180deg coverage with exceptional sharpness even wide open. Truly a must have. A D300 with the 10.5, 24-70, 80-200 is all you need for 99% of all shooting.

You can spend thousands more to achieve very, very marginal improvements over this camera. If you are a sports pro, perhaps you need the extra frame or two the D3 will get you. If you need higher resolution, you should be looking at medium format solutions costing 5 figures.

If this one seems too pricey and you don't shoot that often - consider the D90 with the same image quality AND the HD video capture onboard.


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Display Name: Jay J.

Date Joined: 12/30/08

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