Buying First Digital SLR?

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  1. Jeffro

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    Ok Guys and Gals.

    I have "some" experience with cameras and photography but I want to take it to the next level. Still being a Hobby I just want more out of it!

    I will be learning from a 20 year professional and as he said "He has his standards" LOL

    I know this question most likely has been asked many times but is the Nikon D300 worth the money.

    I have been doing tons of research and talking to him and one other professional photographer in Louisiana but I want more info.

    Please talk to me about other cameras VS the d300 and any other opinions you might have.

    I hope to get published one day!

    I am into alot of styles of photography and not really ready to lock in on any.

    So Sports, Weather, Nature, NEWS Stuff, Animals, Buildings, Show cars and Trucks, and just people hanging out! I love it all.

    So what do yall think!???

    Thanks Jeffro
     
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    the d300 is a great camera dont get me wrong i would trade my d90 for it in a heartbeat. however i dont think i would pay the 1500 for a dx camera. if i were you i would either get a d90 with a really good lens or a d700. any good photographer will tell you lenses make the picture not the camera. it all depends on how much you want to spend. if your supper serious about photography get a camera that is fx format. but for the price of the d300 id go with a d90 and awesome lens.
     
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    Does the professional have Nikon? The reason I ask is most pros are very loyal to their brand of camera. So, if he has a Canon - Nikon may not be up to his standards. :lol: Actually, I agree with Scotty. Concentrate on making sure your lens is going to do what you are wanting to do.

    Also, considering the type of photography you're wanting to do, you'll want to make sure the camera is weather sealed, so that it's not in the shop being cleaned & repaired all of the time. That was a big selling factor for me when I bought the Canon 50D.
     
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    +1 on D90 w/ good lenses.
     
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    Just make sure that if you plan to upgrade to full frame down the road that all of your current lens purchases are full frame lenses....you'd hate to build a lens collection that you can't use if you upgrade to full frame.
     
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    Yes.
     
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    The D90 has a few limitations compared to the D300:
    • Plastic body
    • No weather sealing
    • 1/4000 max shutter speed
    • 3 auto brackets maximum
    • 4.5 fps max burst mode
    • No TIFF capture capability
    • No optional 10 pin remote
    • 1/200 flash sync speed
    just to point out a few.

    The D90 and the D300 have the same CMOS image sensor.

    The D300 is well worth the money and has more usable high ISO performance than comparably priced competitors.
     
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    CNET also talked about it being the best when it comes to Noise!!! That I like too.




    SHORT AND SWEET ANSWER
     
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    Yes he does have a Nikon but His Son bought the Canon and he had alot of good things to say about it but Still says Nikon is the best. I guess that is still just an opinion!
     
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    Yes, it's almost impossible to compare brands side by side because they both are good equipment.

    Each model of camera will have this and that little feature or edge in one technical catagory or another that makes it easy to justify one brand or the other.
     
  11. Jeffro

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    I think that is what he said exactly then he said BUT ME PERSONNELLY I LIKE NIKON!

    I am not stuck on Nikon but since he will be teaching me alot and recommends it I think I will be happy with it! Plus when he is teaching me he wont have to wonder about the tircks of a new camera. He has both D200 and D300
     
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    If you can afford good glass AND the D300, get it. If you cant, then get the D90 and some good glass.

    The two biggest things for why I would want the D300 over the D90 is the 51 auto focus points vs 11. 1/8000 shutter speeds. Higher ISO performance, and then better build. They both however will take amazing shots, and like it's been said, the lens matter more.
     

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