Chosing a new Nikon Camera help

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  1. narkley

    narkley TPF Noob!

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    I am a photo enthusiast and I enjoy taking pictures of sports along with landscapes and wildlife. I currently own a Nikon D80 and want to upgrade. I am thinking about the Nikon D2X just to learn on, or the Nikon D300? which do you think would be a better choice for me? Thanks
     
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    IgsEMT No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    What's wrong with learning on D80? What is it about the camera its self the limits you?
     
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    oh, nothing is wrong with learning on it, i just want to get a new camera that is a step up. Thanks
     
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    D300 is better than the D2X/D2Xs. I ought to know, as I have both.
     
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    Does the D300 have the AI tab on the lens mount for the older non D or G lenses?
     
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    chip TPF Noob!

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    yes, the D300 will meter with AI lenses. no AF of course.
     
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    Upgrade to the D90 + a new lense for the cost of the D300
    With the same sensor and newer technology it is better in many ways.
    It is only lacking some features I do not use.
    I have had both and several D2Xs.
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    For sports the D300's 51 focus point, 15 cross-type points, AF module blows away the 11 AF point, 1 cross-type point, D90 AF module, and I too have both.

    But, I would also counsel hanging on to the D80 till it becomes limiting rather than upgrade. If I had money for gear, I would upgrade glass first.
     
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    PhotoXopher TPF Noob!

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    Could you elaborate on this a bit please?

    Also, it's not the same sensor.

    D300s
    Multi-CAM 3500DX

    D90
    Multi-CAM 1000
     
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    kundalini Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I started out in the digital revolution with the D80. Nice little camera. But, I bought all my glass (okay mostly.... the expensive stuff anyway) while I had only the D80. The only limiting factor for me was the D80's ISO. I still held out until I was sure that I "had" to have better control/results in low light/high ISO images. Here's another reality check..... will the upgrade be a financial burdon, hardship, put on credit, cause for arguement with SO? If there is the slightest possibility for a yes answer, then the upgrade is untimely.
     
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    I don't mean to sound rude (or too repetitive of others' posts), but if you're just looking for a "step up," you likely won't truly benefit from an upgrade. As said before, think about what you can't do with the D80 that you can do with a "step up." Do you need higher ISO's? Video? More FPS? Better AF? I think unless you upgrade with something specific in mind, you'll be disappointed. Your wallet will thank you.
     
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    Not at all.
    Because I only use the center "cross type point" and often easily flop my wrist for Vertical shots, I find the D90 faster and more accurate to use than the D300.
    It often wasted time hunting for focus with the 51 focus points. My understanding is that the D300s is much better than the original version due to improved technology most of which is from the D90.

    The D90 is actually rated higher in picture quality in many tests and comparisons.

    I also like the feel, size, and handling of the D90 much better. Especially without the battery packed vertical grip.
     
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