My D300

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  1. iflynething

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    I was able to use a D300 for a dance compeitioin and upon giving it back to it's owner, I said I was going to get one.

    My birthday was yesterday...Jan 16th. As a present to myself, I picked up a D300 body for $1,250. The camera only has 1,850 exposures. I haven't checked a exposure counter to see the actual number of clicks. The guy was even nice enough to give a 2BG card to me to use since I have been using SD for my D80. I was back a forth on selling my D80 or just keeping it to have a backkup body past the 300. I still have it.

    First thing I notice is the speed of the 300 and great high ISO. Even at 1600, I was shooting with a 50 1.8 and getting great shots. Color saturation doesn't really seem to go down "much" until after 1600 or so.

    I will get a bigger chance to play with it tomorrow but am liking what I have so far. I won't be using it heavily until dance season starts up in March again, but i couldn't pass up $1,250 and memory for a $1,800 body.

    All I need now is another SB-800 to keep on top and a grip for the 300. I'll look a little bit more professional with the D80 and 300, flash bracket, and SB-800. I hope this camera will open up a whole new possibility for me.

    I just wanted to share...

    ~Michael~
     
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    Congrats, sounds like you got a great deal, Enjoy
     
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    Congrats! I'm still waiting for the D300 I ordered for myself as a bday present (2 Jan) ;-) Figured I'd wish you a happy b-day since we share the same month!

    Cheers,
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    Thanks for the replies. I'm having some issues viewing NEF files from the camera in Photoshop....thats for another thread though.

    Happy Birthday to you too!

    ~Michael~
     
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    Congrats.

    I kept my D80 when I purchased the D300. It's still a damn good camera and I didn't feel the loss was worth the sale, then again, I wasn't put out for the money either. Everybody's situation is different though.

    I found that Lightroom 2 is wonderfull for importing my NEF files. And that's only the beginning.

    May I also suggest to get a copy of Thom Hogans Complete Guide for the D300.

    By adding the grip..... well, I like it. I went with the AA batteries rather than the expense of a different battery, charger and .... something else to get the 8fps.
     
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    Well I have 4 EN-EL3e batteries already so I won't have a problem charging them and will use two in the grip. With the 300, I got the entire box contents and Capture NX and everything that would have been there new.

    Its a great camera though and I am loving it

    ~Michael~
     
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    The EN-EL3e batteries in the grip will not yield 8fps, if that matters to you.
     
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    Hmm.....I forgot about that.

    I think I could deal with the 7 that I am getting now. AA's will give 8?

    ~Michael~
     
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    You cant put two En el3e's in the grip. And you only get six without the En-El4a. they Say AA's will give you eight but it didnt seem like i was getting 8 until i got the En-EL4a in there. Plus AA's die down and wont give you the 8fps when they are low. Where as the 4a will always give you 8fps. I got the setup you want Last year for my bday / christmas.

    Happy belated Birthday! Mine was the 17th. Im getting a Nikon 105 macro and treating myself to the 10.5 fishy
    :)

    And try and stay away from iso 1600. It gets really noisy sometimes, so noisy that i have to slap it and put duck tape over its mouth.
     
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    I"m going to have to deal with the 7fps becuase I"m not going to use the AA's

    Michael
     
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    Congrats! I got my D300 for my birthday back in October! Seems like a common justification to buy this camera! :)

    I recently got the grip also, it's definitely an improvement. I didn't get it for the FPS (I am using 2 EN-EL3e's), I got it for the vertical grip (with the extra shutter release, AF-ON button and joystick pad thing), and also to add some weight, which I think helps with camera shake. It's expensive, but worth it for the features and also it looks like part of the camera (same rubber grip and materials).

    Ejazzle - I'm jealous, the 10.5 fisheye is next on my list! Gotta pay off some credit cards first! :(
     
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    I would rather have the grip for the vertical release than for 8fps.

    Give it a better feel and more weight like you pointed out too

    ~Michael~
     

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