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Looking to upgrade from a Nikon d300 - any suggestions?


12 Oct 2012 1:20PM
Ive got two d300s cameras for my photography business. I am looking to get another camera possibly upgrading from these and I am not sure where to start. Im looking to get them very soon so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance

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Newdevonian 2 439 United Kingdom
12 Oct 2012 1:25PM
Tell us about your business. It would be helpful if we knew in what area you specialised.
12 Oct 2012 1:29PM
Hi I have an event photography company. We mostly specialise in dance competitions but we also do weddings and other print on site events. The camera will be used for action shots so we usually work in terrible lighting conditions, no flash is allowed.
scottishphototours 10 2.5k 2 Scotland
12 Oct 2012 2:12PM
Two D700's would fit the bill, or two new D600's maybe worth looking at too...
Carrera_c 5 256 3 United Kingdom
12 Oct 2012 2:48PM
As you've highlighted action shots I would say to ignore the D800, fps will probably be too slow. Think scottishphototours has hit the nail on head. You could get two D700's (really cheap 2nd hand as well) or two D600's. I wouldn't bother with anything crop as you want the higher ISO ability for those terrible lighting conditions. If money's no object there's always the D4 Tongue
User_Removed 4 4.6k 1 Scotland
12 Oct 2012 3:17PM
I would suggest starting at the beginning:

What is it that your D300 cameras do not do as well as you want/need?

Only then can you decide which camera might solve that problem.

As a "professional" running a business you are in a very different position to most of us on this Forum. We are mainly enthusiastic amateurs who can spend however much money we can afford, merely to indulge the whims of our hobby. As a professional you have to think about the Balance Sheet and consider the cost/benefit analysis of any purchases.

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Graysta 9 1.1k England
12 Oct 2012 7:02PM
The D3s is the ultimate tool for the job.

Quote:What is it that your D300 cameras do not do as well as you want/need?


That is the question you and only you can answer
Stillbase 3 63 Wales
13 Oct 2012 8:11AM
Earlier this year I "upgraded" from my 4 year old D300 to a D5100. The D300 had all the bells and whistles a button pusher could want, but the D5100 is lighter and has all the facilities I want, produces superb pictures and I have not regretted the change one bit.
Newdevonian 2 439 United Kingdom
13 Oct 2012 8:18AM
That's all very well providing you have no screw focus lenses, but more importantly doesn't help the OP in this case, due to his specific requirements.
Stillbase 3 63 Wales
13 Oct 2012 5:07PM
That's all very well providing you have no screw focus lenses, but more importantly doesn't help the OP in this case, due to his specific requirements.

Oh. Sorry I spoke!
15 Oct 2012 11:41AM

Quote:I am looking to get another camera possibly upgrading

In DX format until the probable D400 arrives there is no obvious upgrade for your needs from a D300s.
A D7000 gives more resolution for less money but is not as well built and has slightly inferior AF.
FX, with possible lens implications if you have some DX lenses, the D600 is similar build to D7000 with more resolution, the D800 has ultimate resolution and 4 fps if that is enough, and the D4 has ultimate fps - at around 4,500 Sad
You could consider a second hand D3s if by an upgrade you want fps rather than more resolution.

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