D90 or D300-Worth the cost?

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  1. mtaylor

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    So, I've been looking at picking up my own camera. I've been using my Dad's D60 for a couple years, and a few different P&S's for a few years before that. The 2 cameras I am looking at are the D90 and the D300. Basically my question is with price in mind, which is the better camera.

    I mainly shoot sports at the moment, both inside and outside in high and low light (Skiing and Paintball). I am also looking at trying out a bit more landscape and maybe a bit of car photography.

    At the moment I only have a Nikkor 18-200mm 3.5-5.6, but I am looking to pick up a 50mm f1.8, and maybe a few others.

    So, is the D300 worth the $600 price difference?
     
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    The answer depends 100% on what is important to YOU. I'm using a D80 right now and hope to get a D90 but I won't pay the current price. TO ME, the main bennies of the D90 (compared to the D80) are 1) I'd like a second body and the D80 is no longer available and 2) low noise at high ISO. Period!
     
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    D300 is build stronger and should last longer. For example, if you're shooting 100 weddings a years with around 500-600frames per wedding, your D300 should be upgraded in about 3 yrs. D90, on the other hand isn't built like that.
    Image Q is great on both. DPREVIEW, I believe (don't remember) compares the results from both and although in default settings D90 is a bit softer then its brother, this can be corrected by boosting sharpness to about 5-7 (based on your preference).
    So is it WORTH the price - again depends on you and your usage. Personally, I love D90 and VERY happy with it. My next body, G-d willingly will be D300s.
     
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    I'd never trade my D90 for a D300, I love it and it does everything I need.
     
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    For sports? Absolutely. Why?

    The same AF system as the D3 and 51 AF points alone is worth the $600.
    Weather sealing
    Metal body (D90 is all plastic)
    the D300s has 2 card slots: 1 SD and 1 UDMA compliant CF
    1/8000 shutter speed
    100% viewfinder
    8 FPS with the vertical grip (D300s).
    The list goes on and on.

    It's even more extensive if you'll use the camera for anything besides sports.
    Up to 9 auto brackets (not 3)
    CLS in 3 groups (not 2)
    More external controls
    yada, yada, yada.

    If you can afford it get the new D300s, it costs the same as a new D300

    If you shoot sports at night, the limiting factor will be your 18-200, not the camera.
     
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    I agree 100% with KMH
     
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    i use both D90 (mine) and D300 (school's) for shooting college sports. depending on what sports you are shooting, sometimes the 51 autofocus isn't that critical. for volleyballs and such, the action is in the predictable area, therefore you can always prefocus. And D90 autofocus isn't bad either. also i prefer low light performance of D90 of D300. It just looks better imo. I prefer to shoot with D90 because of its lighter weight. When i have to lug the camera for 2 hr straight to shoot a soccer game with 70-200 2.8 attached, that couple lbs you save using D90 is a lifesaver for me. Ofcourse if i feel that there will be an inclement weather than i use d300. However, if you aren't shooting for assignment, are you going to shoot when the weather is ****ty? if not i say just save the 600 toward fast glass like 70-200 2.8.
     
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    Does either of them have a pc contact?
     
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    Early, I don't actually know what a PC contact. My first reaction is USB output, but that can't be right. I'd appreciate if you could explain that to me.

    I went over to a store and held both of he cameras today, and I'm even more undecided. The D300 seems more capable when you look at it, but it's almost too big for everyday use. I did like the feel of it with a 50mm lens though. I ordered one of those in.
     
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    It's a place to plug in a speedlight PC cord.

    Bottom line: the D90 is an entry level, all plastic camera that has the exact same sensor as the D300. However, the new D300s now has the latest Nikon EXPEED Image Processing engine.

    Hit the gym.

    Everyday pro sports shooters use the D3, which makes the D300 seem like a point and shoot.

    Another thing to notice, is pro sports shooters use a monopod.
     
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    Well the big question I have is what is the OP's budget for glass? If you're only rocking the 18-200, then I highly suggest the D90 and spending the other $600 on glass.

    If the camera is an independent purchase, and you've budgeted to buy some lenses as well, D300s all the way.

    Either camera will have you smiling. I own one of each.
     
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    kundalini Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    One word answer........







    YES









    ..... but it all depends on you.



    I've never held the D90, so take my comment with a large block of salt. However, I do own a D80, D300 & D700, so I'm not just whistling Dixie out of my backside. I can tell you that the build quality of the D300 is superb. (I think) it's built for 150K actuations (someone correct me), magnesium frame, 51 AF points, 6.5 fps out of the box (8 with the grip), SEALED....... Sure the D90 has some fine features. I don't do video, so that's a miss for me. But, TBH, you won't get the best out of it without proper glass...... of course that's with everything, but I'm just saying........


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