opinion...D90m or D300 for weddings?

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  1. f8photography

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    what do you think? Tell me why you would choose what you choose.
     
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    Technical performance will be pretty similar. If you're on a budget, the D90 will do, but as weddings require you to be quick on your feet, the D300 would be better choice with it's dedicated, analog controls.
     
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    Can you explain this further?
     
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    In short, the D300 has a lot more buttons actually on the camera which let you directly change settings, whereas the D90 has one (I think) programmable button and many other settings can only be changed by going into the menus. Think ISO, White Balance, shutter mode, etc. If you value the ability to change those easily with one button press, the D300 may be better.
     
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    You can do the same on the D90, just with modes, the D90 I had was = to 300. Video might be good for little clips.
     
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    From Thom Hogan's review of the D90

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    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Pro D300 Differences.....................................Pro D90 Differences[/FONT]
    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Faster frame rates possible (to 8 with grip)..........Secure Digital cards same as compacts/Coolpix[/FONT]
    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Better weathersealing.....................................Some additional RETOUCH options, some useful[/FONT]
    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]TIFF capability...............................................Video capability[/FONT]
    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]CompactFlash and UDMA speeds.........................Simpler Live View capability[/FONT]
    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Larger buffer (99 versus 22, 19 versus 9).............Scene exposure modes[/FONT]
    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Better AF sensor, covers more area.....................?[/FONT]
    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]More flexible bracketing, interval shooting.............?[/FONT]
    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]1/8000 top shutter speed..................................?[/FONT]
    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]100% viewfinder..............................................?[/FONT]
    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Focus fine tune...............................................?[/FONT]
    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Able to use MF lenses and meter.........................?[/FONT]

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    You mean the modes on the little top dial? If so, then it's not really the same... I don't own a d90, so if there is a way, then cool, but comparing the controls to my d70 and d200 (similar controls to d90 and d300) It's a world of difference. I shoot motorsports events on weekends and there are shots I would've missed with only the d70. Being able to flip a switch on the d200 to change focus or metering settings for example is more than just a convenience. Of course, this is motorsports which moves faster than weddings... but then, i've never shot a wedding..
     
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    don't forget the D90 also has a little bit of an edge in higher ISO capabilities. . .
     
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    That's odd, the D90 I was mucking around with, you could adjust the ISO/Metering/WB on buttons on the camera. . .and there are two dials (adjusting aperture/speed, etc.) as well as a joy stick doo hickey for AF selection. . .

    I dunno, I've only used a D300 for at the most 10 minutes (was a friends) and found it to be very similar to the D90. . .
     
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    Please link your source. My reading is that both the D90 & D300 native ISO range is 200-3200 but can be pulled LO to 100 and pushed HI to 6400. I fail to see where the edge is.
     
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    Yes, of course you can, but the D300 lets you change all the important shooting adjustments with dedicated controls... you can even do it all while keeping your eye through the viewfinder. The D90 has most of the dedicated controls you'd need, but there are a few that require you to dick around a menu for, during which you might lose an important shot.
     
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    I do not have a D90, but on my D80 it has dedicated buttons for AF, meter modes, WB, ISO, exposure comp, flash comp, and more.
     

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