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Where oh where is the Nikon replacement for the D300 [DX] bodied camera? I have been wanted to replace/upgrade for a couple of years BUT Nikon just aren't providing. Sure there have been some new FX bodied cameras and a few lower priced DX bodies BUT nothing nothing nothing to replace.
ANYONE else got the same problem? I have an array of lenses BUT all of which would have to be replaced if I moved on up to an FX Nikon.....let alone the cost of it all.
Love to hear from anyone with suggestions - polite ones of course!
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I gave up waiting and bought a D800. It's the only FX camera which will still provide an upgrade to your current setup using your existing lenses.
Treat it as a phased upgrade. Camera first (ISO and dynamic range upgrades, and adds video), and work on the lenses later.
You may not want to do this, but it is an option and it's how I did it.
I used to own a 50mm 1.8, but I sold it because it never got any use. Thanks to the difference in viewing angle on an FX body, the F1.4 was the first one I bought when I picked up the D800, and I use it all the time.
That's really useful to know thanks so much.
I'd appreciate anyone else's thoughts too.
D7100 would be the one I would go for at the moment. The quality is fantastic as it lacks the low pass filter and is 24MP. Handling and build quality is also very good. This is what I moved to from my D300s for wildlife shots.
In the D610 not the natural replacement? Getting great reviews. However I'd back the D7100 to which I have just moved and it is a brilliant body, is weather proofed and has some grown up features (at least in comparison to my old D80).
The D71000 gives you about 25% more image resolution, more dynamic range, much better noise, better AF and if you shoot 14 bit out performs the D300.
It may not be an exact replacement for a D300 but overall has much better performance.
Quote: D7100 would be the one I would go for at the moment. The quality is fantastic as it lacks the low pass filter and is 24MP. Handling and build quality is also very good. This is what I moved to from my D300s for wildlife shots.
I did exactly the same - Results are very good.
Quote: In the D610 not the natural replacement?
No, the absence of a few key features and controls means that the flexibility and user experience of the D7100/ D610 cannot match the D300, although they exceed it in other areas.
The D7100 gets you close without doubling your cash output. I wouldn't consider the 610 without the ability to replace the lenses at the same time.
I'm in the same situation as the OP. I have the D300s and have patiently been waiting for its successor. The D300s , as far as I'm aware, is the only DX body that Nikon acknowledge as being in their Pro range. We have seen a lot of new FX bodies from them recently, I'm disappointed that they don't seem to be looking to develop their DX pro body range with as much gusto.
That's a good point actually. My move to the D800 was partially influenced by my wish to retain my Nikon Pro User membership.
It is a bit silly really that Nikon include the 800 in their list of allowed cameras for their Pro Membership, yet it is not built any better than the 7100.
Admittedly, the 300 felt more robust.
I gave up waiting as well but bought a second hand D4. I found the D7100 buffer to be too easily choked - if it were a larger buffer I'd have bought it.
Quote: It is a bit silly really that Nikon include the 800 in their list of allowed cameras for their Pro Membership
But as you know Keith, Pros are only interested in pixel count........
so it makes perfect sense...
One colleague bought a couple of D800 bodies and uses DX lenses because they "auto-crop" down to the smaller frame size, when she wants a lower pixel count. 18 Megapixel is fine for a lot of portrait or baby work.
Few professionals "need" the ruggedness of the single-digit bodies. My oldest D3 is still close to pristine after 6 years of professional use in a portrait studio. Only the wear to the rubber covers or the actuation count give an indication of the amount of use.
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