Should I buy Nikon D300s?

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  1. itisgregory

    itisgregory TPF Noob!

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    I am THINKING of moving up from the Nikon D40x to the Nikon D300s. I own two Nikon lenses (18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 and 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6) but will be purchasing more.

    I shoot mainly wildlife/landscape/nature in low light near sunrise and sunset times and will be doing HDR. I would GREATLY appreciate any comments/feedback from D300s users OR people knowledgeable about this camera.

    Sincerely,
    Gregory
     
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    It's definitely a nice camera, but I'll just ask - how is your D40x limiting your photography?

    If the D300s offers something that will benefit you (such as a much better AF system, 9 shot auto bracketing and better high ISO performance) than yes, I think it would be a good move.
     
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    itisgregory TPF Noob!

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    PhotoXopher-

    The features that you mentioned are some of the more important features I need. You have helped to get me closer to making the D300s make sense for me.

    Thanks!
     
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    PhotoXopher TPF Noob!

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    In that case I definitely recommend it!

    Plus the weather sealed body and available grip make this an incredible body. The frames per second are awesome as well, especially when capturing birds in flight.

    Also, the in-body focus motor will open up your available lens options for older AF lenses.
     
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    itisgregory TPF Noob!

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    Excellent confirmations - thanks!
     
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    NO!!!!!!!!!!
    DON'T BUY THE D300s.

    Instead, buy the D300s. :thumbup:
     
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    I say no. Get the D90 body and a better set of lenses with the $800 you'll be saving. IQ is identical, so the only thing you'd be gaining on is framerate, build, and AF points.
     
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    And the AF 3d tracking abilities. While I've never used a D300/D300s, I have used a D90 a lot and the 3d tracking abilities are subpar to say the least. I haven't gotten a good shot and usually use single point for tracking objects....this of course limits the my composing of the shot since I'm stuck on the one single point. The D300(s) is much much better in this area from what I gather.

    I would personally get the D300s or at the least a used D300. No sense in getting a camera that will possibly limit what you want to do right out of the box.
     
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    Going from a D40 to a D90 isn't really going to "upgrade" you that much. I say go ahead with the 300s. You know you will regret it if you don't.
     
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    PhotoXopher TPF Noob!

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    You also gain dual card slots, I never realized just how useful this can be until I had it.

    Also:
    4 custom settings banks in 2 categories
    Fine tune lenses
    Setup old lenses so you can control them with the aperture ring, etc

    There's a lot more to the D300s that meets the eye and I've only scratched the surface.
     
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    this is completely fasle. its true that the d300s is a nicer camera with alot of feature but i had and d60 and went for a d90. its alot more of a camera compared to the d40 and d60.....
     
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    You said what I was thinking. I could not agree more.

     

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