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Who switched from D200 to D300?
« on: March 11, 2008, 02:27:27 pm »

Hello,

I'd like feedbacks from owners of D300, who were previously using D200. Are you happy with the upgrade? Is D300 definitely a better performer? Is the image quality improvement obvious? and all the rest?

I am in need of a final push towards the upgrade. I have been using D200 for the last 2 years (practically my first dSLR) and love it. I am technically scarse so I need my camera working for me while I can be happily engaged in composing and seeking my own vision etc.. Yet, I can't ignore the  fact that I want to be better equipped (and trying to make best of it   - for the next 2 years probably!

Your personal opinions and feedbacks much appreciated!

mari
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« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2008, 08:51:08 am »

Personally I think it's worth the upgrade.  As far as I'm concerned the AF improvements, higher noise capability and longer battery life are the main improvements.   Despite enjoying the D3 an awful lot I have to say that I still find a place for the D300 and it's 1.5x sensor.  

When I get round to it I'll use the D200 for IR photography.

I have not had time to read it but you may find the following helpful.  Thom Hogans' reviews are normally pretty no nonsense.

http://www.bythom.com/nikond300review.htm
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« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2008, 12:54:39 pm »

Thanks for the feedback! I was reading the review you linked while waiting for a response here... I like his straightforward explanations of technical stuff. D300's improved AF capabilities and high ISO usability are definitely factors to go for. I also like that ergonomically D300 looks similar to D200. There are many functions to go through once again (as some are the same in D200) and it would be a good thing, as I tend to forget experimenting.

Well, looks like a GO sign doesn't it.  
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« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2008, 12:58:24 pm »

The Dpreview.com review of the D300 went up today.  FYI.
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« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2008, 01:46:01 pm »

I have a feeling we might be in a tail-wagging-dog situation. Are you really saying that you have outgrown the D200?

Having read and re-read your OP a few times, I have to conclude that what you postulate is this: you want a camera to do your technical thinking for you whilst your mind is focussing on the aesthetics of the game.

For what it´s worth, and from a pro perspective that started over half a century ago (wow! how to depress myself!) and as a fellow D200 owner, it is a pretty bold man who can claim to have found his D200 not quite good enough. Somewhere along the line it seems to me that the balancing act is falling apart.

For a start, if you imagine that great photography can be done in the manner you suggest- the camera thinking for you, then why not just buy the most expensive one on the market and you must, by that logic, be guaranteed the best photographs in the world. I can assure you, it don´t work like that! I´ve had the ´blads and a few of the 6x7s too and believe me, none made me a better photographer. I am currently working on some of my early pro shots - a Bardot film location shoot in ´66 to be precise, which was produced with an Exakta Varex 11a, the heads shot with a Schneider 3.5/135 which wasn´t even automatic stop-down, you had to focus wide open then move the thing to the pre-set aperture. Slow, but the quality of that lens is still up there with (if not better than) my second  Nikkor 2.8/135. So, what is better with the new? Apart from the auto diaphragm, not a lot. It is still a manual lens and I wouldn´t look for an AF one.

The D200 stands very happìly alongside any of my old pro-days kit; unless there is need to print over A3+ I see no need for change to anything else. The metering is very accurate and the ability to get in between shutter speeds is pretty cool too - how much more accuracy is possible or even required?

You just can´t separate the technical from the artistic as you suggest. Every part of photography depends on the understanding of, and ability with, the other parts.

To desert the D200 would make sense if one were going FF, in which case, at least with the new D3, you get the full use of any old lenses you might already own in the system along with, according to some, exceptional low-lght opportunities. Faster focussing etc.: for what, exactly? Is anyone´s life that full of HC-B moments?

It´s very easy to get caught up in the upgrade race, but I think that the only people who get anything real out of it are the factories and the shops. In the choice you are worrying about, I´d suggest stay with what you have. However, it´s your money and your mind you have to resolve - good luck!

Ciao - Rob C

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« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2008, 03:57:58 pm »

All I want to say is: Thank you Michael, for your latest article.

Over and Out!!!  
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