Pros 8fps, speed, body, ergonomics, design, 51 point AF
Cons weight, 51 point AF centered
Summary Move over Canon, the KING is here. After playing with the D300 at an Asian trade show I must say that the D300 is real and a very good camera. Yes it's APS-S... no it's not full frame... however, it is the best APS sized sensor camera available and it will probably remain that way for a long time. I believe this may be the last of the APS professional cameras by Nikon, however, birders and sports shooters should rejoice - this thing is KING.
Pros NICE FEEL, SEALED BODY, ALLOY CONSTRUCTION,
Cons STILL LOOKING
Summary I just bought my Nikon d300 w/ 18-200mm VR AFS lens and I'm still testing my new camera out. Please check out my blog to check out photos taken with my D300. I will be testing this camera out to see what it can do and what it can't.
You can click on my shots to get an enlarged version of all of my photos. Have fun with your camera.
Pros Save time/effort with superior colour, tone and contrast control; ergonomics; ease-of-use
Cons No dedicated Picture Control button; no detailed MF indicator; (needs more customisable buttons)
Summary Just to get to the point: this is hands down the BEST DSLR for almost all enthousiast photographers -- bar none. (And depending on where you buy, it can be dirt cheap as well -- I got mine for less than $2000 AUD (body only, but I also got the 18-200 mm VR and 50 mm f/1.8 prime plus SB-600 flash))
The reasons are many for this commendation. From its almost identical feature set to its bigger brother, the Nikon D3, such as superior colour rendering (able to be EXTREMELY vibrant/saturated), tone and contrast control (Active D-Lighting works VERY well); to unbelievable ease-of-use and ergonomics -- this is a true D3 without the weight or size (and lack of built-in flash). (However, the high-ISO capabilities are nowhere near that of the D3, but neither is any other camera out there that doesn't cost less an arm or a leg.)
The importance of aforementioned features (esp. better colour, tone and contrast control) really make photographing so much easier -- from beginning to end. Less or no adjustments are needed during both the shooting and review stages, which just makes life so much better for prolific shooters (like myself - 20,000+ shots since Dec 2007!). Artistic vision is so much more easily realised with this camera - it's truly ground-breaking. Time saved with this camera is easily worth the premium over other DSLRs like the Canon 40D.
Miniscule gripes include the lack of a dedicated Picture Control button (as on the limited-edition D3P for members of NPS) to change quickly between different colour modes (like Saturated, Normal, Neutral, Monochrome, etc.) as well as no detailed Manual Focus indicator (as in the small arrows which give detailed feedback during manual focusing).
Tiny nit-picking aside, the D300 is an amazing camera with which anyone who is truly serious about their photography (and is looking for a DSLR) should definitely top their short-list.
for some photos I've taken with the D300.
"Top flight"on by riteon
Pros Sharp excellent color rendition
Cons A bit on the heavy side
Summary Nikon again proves it is the top of the line.
Pros - quality of photos is much better than my D70s. No surprise since my D70s was several years old, but it is a striking difference and all along I though my D70 was excellent.
- excellent in low light.
- one lens does it all.
- built like a tank
Cons - Very heavy. It is made of metal not plastic, so this should be no surprise.
Summary I've had my D300 for nearly 2 years so obviously there are newer and more advanced cameras out there. The D90 seems like a nice option these days which is what I've recommended to family and friends who are shopping for their first dSLR. Anyway, the D300 series with this lens is still relavent - a great camera with an even better lens. If you find a used one don't hesitate to purchase it.