Pros Lightning fast over the D100 -- Superior viewing screen -- Auto-focus lenses snap with precision -- Nikon quality, feel and reliability --- good tech support -- good USA warranty -- great 12 mega pixel resolution - no film to buy -- Digital is Green!
Cons Firmware issue surfaced -- needed to download upgrade firmware from internet then upload to D300 -- without upgrade camera became an expenxive rock -- Cost of body astronomical compare to Nikon F3 film camera -- $300 vs $1800 --
Summary Bottom line: I love this camera even though it disappointed me at the tail end of an out-of-town job when the firmware issue surfaced. But with a Google search for "D300 battery issues" I was able to find the problem and within an hour on the internet solve the problem. However, Nikon should have anticipated a major issue like this before releasing the D300. Previously, I always waited a year or two before buying a new model of camera, car or toaster. It gives the manufacturer time to work out the bugs....and there will ALWAYS be bugs with a new electronic product. I waited at least a year before buying the newly introduced Nikon F2 and F3 back in the 70's. both cameras became workhorses for me in my photojournalism work. They were everyday cameras. I waited for a couple of years before buying a D100. When I made the plunge from film to digital I was glad I did. I quickly sold all my film gear, film scanner and developing equipment. I maybe jumped too quickly into the D300. This firmware issue shut the camera down. It just left me with enough power to read the display dials. Not te best situation in a remote location. But with the internet the problem was quickly solved. I'd also like to thank Ken Rockwell's site (www.kenrockwell.com) for offering the link to the Nikon firmward upgrade I needed. The 3D auto tracking is a great idea in theory, but in practice it lags just a bit. I'm not unhappy with the auto focus capability of the D300. But I wonder if the D3 or the D700 offer superior tracking because of a better computer chip set? The D300 offers enough positives to look back and say positively that it's purchase was worth the hassle I experienced. I'd say ignore the D200 and go right to the D300. The D300 CCD self cleans, has great response and does a fine job making me appear to be a better photographer than I have any right o claim. I'm now saving up for the purchase of a second body.
"Great Camera!"on by pickyconsumer
Pros Weather proof, great picture quality, easy to use!
Cons Remotes are expensive.
Summary As far as the camera goes, I'm super impressed! I've had this camera for 2 years, and I love it! It gets a little heavy at times (I'm kind of wimpy sometimes). I'm glad I picked a camera that was a little out of my league, because I've grown into it quite a bit, and there's still more to learn! I upgraded from a D70s. The D70s was lighter, but less durable. The D70s had a wireless shutter release remote for $20, but that one doesn't work with the D300--my only complaint.
I love the CMOS sensor--very little noise at high ISO, especially compared to the D70s which had a CCD sensor. I use external flash off-camera at times, and I love that it requires no additional equipment. Menu system is just like the point & shoot Nikons, just with more options.
I am a little disappointed with the 18-200mm lens I bought with the camera, though. It has started creeping on me when vertical or near vertical, and it's VERY soft at full zoom. I bought this lens for the convenience of not having to interchange lenses, and that has been nice. If you are looking at buying this camera, I would recommend you get separate lenses, not a kit.
"LOVE IT LOVE IT"on by nitefaces
Pros speed, durability, function it even helps to improve the skills of the user
Cons a bit heavy
Summary Not just for a pros this camera is a good choice for any one looking to take photography seriously
Pros 1. fast start up rate, turn it on and you start shooting right away
2. A very responsive camera
3. Beautiful color capture and detail, great performance for standard 18-55 mm lenses and even better for primary lenses
4. Solid feel and durability
Cons 1. The LCD screen can be a bit confusing at times
2. A rather pricey camera
Summary An overall good investment. This versatile camera is great anywhere from parties, travel shoots and professional shoots.This camera is for more advanced users, the only mode nearest to automatic is "Program" mode. Nonetheless, you will love its responsiveness and feel. For total enjoyment, read the manual!
"Super cool."on by sonnychann
Pros Although i am a first time user of DSLR, i find it extremely easy to use and my confidence grows everyday i use the camera, as the photos come out super nice. colors are super duper: imagine old clothes look like new in photos.
Cons None. if i were to be sticky, putting in the lens shade can be tricky sometimes. v minor issue.
Summary You wont regret buying this. Value for money.