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Pete H
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/9/2005
 

FWIW: Nikon D-300


Hello all,"For what it's worth"; I finally received the Nikon D-300 3 days ago. I'll try to post some initial impressions as soon as I have a little more shoot time with it.

From what I've seen so far, allow me to say HOLY COW! I think Nikon has finally got it right; or at least pretty darn close; and that is from someone (yours truly) who has been bemoaning Nikon to build a worthy machine and get with the times.

The VERY first thing I noticed is how Nikon has really done a superb job at supressing noise. I did a few night test shots tonight at ISO 1600..Unbelievable! Better than my D-70 or my D2 series!
A new sensor design will do that! Hey Nikon..it's about time and thanks!

At first glance when you turn this thing on, you are met with a amazing array of information....switches..dials...menus...ALL of which are layed out beautifully in logical design.

The D-300 is definetly NOT a redesigned D-200. There is a lot more here than feature sets and options.

No; I;'m NOT being paid by Nikon to say any of this. LOL I don't want to start any flame wars, but I will be bold in saying that the D-300 simply smokes the competition in anything under $3,000.

If you are a weekend shooter, save your money, you don't need this much camera..if you're like me and shoot hundreds of shots a week..you'll love it!

It's not cheap..at least not to me..I paid full boat, $1,800 +s&H.

I hope to post a few pics and test pics from a user real world point of view; NOT some web site who is endorsed by Nikon. LOL


all the best,

Pete


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1/26/2008 11:21:50 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Congrats on your new camera. I can see you love it already! We'll be waiting for some shots!


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1/27/2008 4:16:41 AM

 
William Schuette
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/8/2006
  Having received my D300 back in November (I was on the list for months at Adorama), I think you are in for an amazing couple of weeks as you get used to how much cleaner your files are and how they appear to have more dynamic range (not having actually tested it, I can only say what it looks like to me). The improvements in the autofocus system alone are worth the upgrade. Try the 3D autofocus tracking. I was stunned at how well it worked at an equestrian event. Finally, the back LCD is amazing and I only wich Nikon had included an option to play DVDs on it. When I saw the specs and previews on the D300, I immediately sold my D2x believing that the D300 would be Nikon's premiere DX format camera. Glad I was right for once.

Bill


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1/27/2008 4:41:50 AM

 
Pete H
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/9/2005
  Thanks Carolyn & Bill,

So far, the only area I am disappointed in is the software compatibility with Vista (Capture NX) will not read the D-300's NEF (RAW) files. Nor will Adobe Photoshop.
I've looked into this, but so far no luck in modifying certain areas on my computer...It's a Vista imcompatibility problem, not the sofware. I probably shoot 80% JPEG anyway, but C'mon microsoft! Yeesh! LOL


Pete


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1/27/2008 6:10:27 AM

 
William Schuette
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/8/2006
  Pete, try Google "nikon raw codec download" and you will get a link to download Nikon's newest raw codec that came out aroun 1/15/08 to address the Vista compatibility issue.

Bill


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1/27/2008 6:38:44 AM

 
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