Nikon D300 - Buy or Not

SL 12 4
14 Jun 2008 10:06AM
D300 - I've read all the reviews. Sounds great. I've had a KM Dynax 5D for nearly three years. The week after I bought the KM, Sony bought Minolta.

Prices on D300 still high, but I'm looking for some really positive feedback before I take the step. Has anyone bought their D300 over the Internet (I still have this fear of Internet credit card Fraud)

Any relliable and competitive sources you would recommend in UK


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User_Removed 15 17.9k 8 Norway
14 Jun 2008 10:14AM
Fujiconvert 15 1.3k England
14 Jun 2008 11:46AM
Bought one and love it.The ability to use very high ISO and still get fantastic results is just great.I swapped systems and haven't regretted it although the software takes some getting used to.
peter_davey 14 1.4k England
14 Jun 2008 11:49AM
Bought One - love it - cracking bit of kit
Signosis 11 15 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2008 1:28PM
Why have you decided not to buy the Sony Alpha 700? Sony bought Minolta so all your lenses would work with the Alpha.
User_Removed 15 4.3k 2 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2008 7:40PM
Park Cameras has a refurbished D300, these will usually have a 6 months warrenty but check the details. here
While they are listed as refurbished they're usually camera's that have been displayed at shows.
I've had a couple of refurbs in the past and they've been great.
User_Removed 15 4.3k 2 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2008 7:42PM
Or there's this site
digitall 13 238 6 Wales
14 Jun 2008 10:41PM
Go for it it's a great piece of kit.
Just do it!!!

Jamiegf 13 1.2k Scotland
14 Jun 2008 11:08PM
D300 ( Dream Machine ) - You can't go wrong buy and enjoy
LenShepherd 11 4.1k United Kingdom
15 Jun 2008 7:35PM
WHY do you want to switch brands?
OK Sony has no answer to the D300 AF etc or the range of the Nikon lens and flash system but Nikon has no answer to Sony's in camera stabilization.
If you need "exotic" lenses or similar - fair enough.
If your photographic horizons do not require high end AF or exotic lenses then as you are already Sony mount with Sony lenses why switch?
skeletor 16 1.7k England
16 Jun 2008 10:41AM
If you're flying in the near future D300 834 ...and it's brand spanking new.Smile

filmforever 12 775
20 Jun 2008 4:10PM
If you wait for a few months, they'll probably stick an "S" or an "X" on the D300 and call it a "new model". The price of the current D300 will plunge as dealers try to offload their stocks. Then is the time to buy one.
FatHandedChap 13 1.3k England
20 Jun 2008 4:27PM
Got one, love it. I dig my D70 out of the bag occasionally and think "How on earth did I get by using that?"
LenShepherd 11 4.1k United Kingdom
21 Jun 2008 9:10AM
Only you can make the final decision. The D300 is much better specified than your camera and most others in the market place - which is the main reason it remains expensive.
Whether you can take advantage of the enhanced specification is for you to decide.
Leif 15 777
27 Jun 2008 10:41PM
It is impossible to give an answer without knowing your intended use. For example, the Canon 40D is an excellent camera for a lot less money, and Canon lenses are pretty damn good too. Why do you need a pro-class camera body? Do you need the pro-grade build and features?

I have a high opinion of the image quality of Nikon lenses (and the characteristics I like are rarely tested, since pixel peepers focus on simplistic measurements) but I suspect other manufacturers are as good.

As an aside, I am always amazed that some people, and Americans are the worst, buy the latest pro-class equipment, and photograph their dogs and kids. It is better to buy tools according to the task IMO

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