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    timeinfocus
    12 Oct 2012 - 1:20 PM

    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
    12 Oct 2012 - 1:25 PM

    Tell us about your business. It would be helpful if we knew in what area you specialised.

    Last Modified By Newdevonian at 12 Oct 2012 - 1:26 PM
    timeinfocus
    12 Oct 2012 - 1:29 PM

    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

    Two D700's would fit the bill, or two new D600's maybe worth looking at too...

    Carrera_c
    Carrera_c  4254 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
    12 Oct 2012 - 2:48 PM

    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
    12 Oct 2012 - 3:17 PM

    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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    Last Modified By User_Removed at 12 Oct 2012 - 3:20 PM
    Graysta
    Graysta  91133 forum posts England
    12 Oct 2012 - 7:02 PM

    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
    Stillbase  257 forum posts Wales
    13 Oct 2012 - 8:11 AM

    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
    13 Oct 2012 - 8:18 AM

    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.

    Last Modified By Newdevonian at 13 Oct 2012 - 8:20 AM
    Stillbase
    Stillbase  257 forum posts Wales
    13 Oct 2012 - 5:07 PM

    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!

    LenShepherd
    LenShepherd e2 Member 62435 forum postsLenShepherd vcard United Kingdom
    15 Oct 2012 - 11:41 AM


    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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