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Old 02-09-2010, 12:12   #1 (permalink)
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D300 or D300s as back up

I've been thinking for a long time to which camera to buy as my backup. It has to be cropped sensor as I miss my macro work and it's not as much fun with my full frame camera. I just can't get close enough.

Now first I had in my mind just to buy a D80 as it doesn't get as much use. But then I think I would miss a few options which I had on my D300 (diffy me sold the D300 for a lens which I shouldn't have done ). Anyway, then the D300 comes into my mind. Maybe the D300s. I'd prefer not spending that much as it's not my main camera, but is the D300s so much better then the D300?

My initial thought was, nahhh the improvements over the D300 aren't that much. Anybody had a D300 and D300s after, what didn't you think?
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Old 02-09-2010, 12:32   #2 (permalink)
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Re: D300 or D300s as back up

I kept my D300 when I bought my D700

I think that the D300 is the ideal backup/second body. For me the 'extras' on the D300s are not worth the extra money. The difference will be smaller with secondhand cameras, but that means the D300 will still be cheaper, so better value.

MPB currently have a D2x for £729 and a D300 for £739. I'd still go for a D300 though, unless the D2x has features that you want.
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Old 03-09-2010, 12:52   #3 (permalink)
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Re: D300 or D300s as back up

I have the D300s but I would agree with the above that it is not worth the extra money.

I for one will probably never use the HD Video option.
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Old 03-09-2010, 13:11   #4 (permalink)
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Re: D300 or D300s as back up

Yeh think it's gonna be the D300 for me. I need to wait for a while before buying one again, but at least I don't have to think which one anymore. I didn't think the D300s would be that much better than the D300. Well at least it will save me some pennies in that respect
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Old 03-09-2010, 20:37   #5 (permalink)
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Re: D300 or D300s as back up

I think you are making the right call. In terms of picture quality there is nothing between them.

I swapped a D300 for a D300s and it was a good move for me. I keep it as part of a kit I leave in the car and I also like to have a DX kit for travelling light. The video is handy for that but it's the other advanatages that swayed it for me. I don't use the vertical grip when travelling so the extra frame rate is nice. It handles a tiny bit better because of better controls. The virtual horizon is occasionally useful and I use live view a fair bit so that improvement is worthwhile. I make most use of the second SD card slot. I have raw files going to the CF but Jpgs to the SD which is actually a micro SD. The better in camera editing coupled with this mean I can e-mail straight from my phone. Other people use one of the wi-fi SD cards in the second slot so they don't need to buy the adaptor.

But if all you want is back up body then the D300 is ideal.
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Old 03-09-2010, 21:23   #6 (permalink)
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Re: D300 or D300s as back up

I think that Vinny has beautifully summed up why the D300s was right for his useage, and why the D300 is probably right for most of us.

It all comes down to what you want from a camera.
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Old 04-09-2010, 20:09   #7 (permalink)
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Re: D300 or D300s as back up

The hd video is no good to me as I wouldn't use it on the D300s. All the tiny bits are ok if you really want it and need it, but personally I think the D300 is ok for me. I'm used to the camera and I would definitely use it a lot as well.

The only thing I'm wondering is, how's the high ISO on the D300s. Is the quality of the picture ok and how's the noice on it? I wasn't impressed with the high iso capabilities on the D300. That's why I was doubting a bit.

I do a lot of low light stuff and prefer in the open air but low light, not to use any external flashguns.
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Old 04-09-2010, 22:05   #8 (permalink)
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Re: D300 or D300s as back up

I find the D300 is about a stop to a stop and a half worse than the D3 and about 3 to 3 and a half stops worse than the D3s but it's still pretty good.
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Old 04-09-2010, 22:26   #9 (permalink)
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Re: D300 or D300s as back up

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The only thing I'm wondering is, how's the high ISO on the D300s. Is the quality of the picture ok and how's the noice on it? I wasn't impressed with the high iso capabilities on the D300. That's why I was doubting a bit.

I do a lot of low light stuff and prefer in the open air but low light, not to use any external flashguns.
Never had any issues with noise with the D300. If your 85mm f1.4 is too long, get either a 50mm f1.8 (cheap as chips) or the 50mm f1.4 or the 35mm f1.8 and you should be sorted.
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Old 05-09-2010, 08:45   #10 (permalink)
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Re: D300 or D300s as back up

No it's when I used it for macro and just needed that high iso to have enough light coming through. With my 85 1.4 it matched brilliant. The macro lens I've got only goes to f2.8 which is in some cases not enough.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to getting a backup.

Also looking forward to that free time to actually post my shots for once. Seriously, I've taken loads of photo's and all kids are in school now, so more me time
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Re: D300 or D300s as back up

If it's a back up body I'd look at the D90. You'll be surprised at the image quality and ISO performance - It's at least as good as the D300 - maybe a little better!
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Old 06-09-2010, 18:42   #12 (permalink)
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Re: D300 or D300s as back up

D90 images are every bit as good as the D300 but as a backup to a D700 or a D300 it comes with problems as the handling is not so clever and the AF is last generation so there are more issues switching back and forth. Also it only uses SD cards so there is less interchangeability.
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Re: D300 or D300s as back up

Plus I've still got loads of bits here which fitted on my other D300 and I've kept my MB-D10 especially for when I would possible buy a D300. I did use it on my D700, but I found it to heavy alltogether. Also it's a backup but it will be used very regular for macro and I will keep this as my incar body.
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Re: D300 or D300s as back up

D7000 might suit you better now
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Re: D300 or D300s as back up

I've seen it on the net yes. I'll have a look at it.
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Re: D300 or D300s as back up

I've recently bought a D300S and I'm loving it, easy to use & I'm seeing some good results. Although I'll probably never use the video camera facility I do like the twin memory card set up.
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