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Upgrading from Nikon D70 to Nikon D300


26 May 2008 4:51PM
I'm sorry if this topic has already been covered, I am a new member and still finding my way around.
I am in the process of updating my Nikon equipment and would ask for comments and advice. I currently use a D70 and am planning to upgrade to a D300. The D70 has served me well and at present intend to keep it as a backup!
I feel that the D70 does not always capture to fine detail that I am am looking for, would the CMOS sensor and larger 12mp give better results? The newer technology in the D300 and larger 3" screen are an obvious attraction.
I have started the upgrade process by moving up from the 18 - 70 kit lens to the 18 = 200 vr Lens.

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User_Removed 16 17.9k 8 Norway
26 May 2008 5:05PM
Good choice of camera - not sure about the lens 'upgrade'. The 18-70 is a particularly versatile but hugely underrated lens.

All zoom lenses are a compromise and as a general rule, the shorter the zoom the better. 18-200 is way too much. The D300 with the 18-70 is a better combination IMO.

If the budget will run to it, get the 17-55 f2.8. Awesome combination with the D300 (and the D200 for that matter Wink)
Graysta 15 1.1k England
26 May 2008 5:09PM
The D70 is a great camera,the D300 is however a very different camera,the D70 was aimed to get the ball rolling for Nikon in the consumer top end stakes with the 300D Canon,as the D100 was considered a pro camera.To buy a D300 you are moving up a level and 2 generations of camera, yes it will give you better results it has better High ISO for a start.If youve got the glass then go for it,it will not make you a better photographer but it should make it possible for you to achieve what you want,and therefore satisfy your expectations of your work.

Graham
bfgstew 13 668 105 England
26 May 2008 5:34PM
I upgraded from a D50 to a D200 earlier this year, I was very tempted to go for the D300, but 2 things, budget and experience swayed me to stick at the D200. A huge leap in performance and quality and by the time I have mastered the thing there will be the D400 or such like out. It all depends on what you expect from the camera and yourelf, as Graham said, it won't make you a better photographer, but you will certainly get outstanding performance from it.
Stew
26 May 2008 5:49PM
Thanks for the comments, upgrading is always a major decision and there is always the next generation coming through, I guess thats the problem with the digital age.
I am upgrading while I am in the position too, as retirement is not so far around the corner The D70 is a great camera but is now quite old in technology terms, I am thinking of the D300 to give me a level that i can use for a few more years,
Thanks again, the comments are well received.
User_Removed 16 17.9k 8 Norway
26 May 2008 6:00PM

Quote:I am thinking of the D300 to give me a level that i can use for a few more years,


It certainly will but please remeber that its the photographer that makes the image... the camera is only a tool to assist in making it happen.

Enjoy the D300... Wink
LenShepherd 12 4.1k United Kingdom
26 May 2008 6:08PM

Quote:I'm sorry if this topic has already been covered, I am a new member and still finding my way around.

With double the pixels, CA correction, advanced D lighting, and Expeed you should get much more detail with the D300 - provided you have developed your photographic standards to the high standards this camera can deliver.
There is a very detailed review of the 18-200 in the 31st May Amateur Photographer. It confirms what most owners already know - for an extremely wide range zoom it is very good. Obviously several less wide range lenses can often (but not always) be optically better - but they cost more, weigh more, take up more space, and some do not have VR II.

miptog 14 3.6k 63 United Kingdom
26 May 2008 6:27PM
I would say that the D300 is a logical upgrade, and you can keep the D70 as a back-up. I would wait on any future lens choice until you know what you want to shoot and where there is a gap in your current lens. You may already know this.

The 18-200 is a great walk-a-about lens, but also has compromises. Within the 18-70 range the 18-200 is not going to give you anything the 18-70 has not got.
26 May 2008 6:41PM
Len
I like to think that my level of photography is of reasonable standard, but I guess that is a matter of opinion and can always be improved anyway!
The main reason for posting the question was to get opinions on the higher quality elements of the D300, I think that you have gone someway to answering that.
Thanks
David
User_Removed 15 4.3k 2 United Kingdom
26 May 2008 7:20PM

Quote:does not always capture to fine detail that I am am looking for

The D300 will certainly correct that problem for you. Wink
I made the upgrade from D70 to D200 and I now use the D300. You'll see a huge difference between the D70 and the D300 and I doubt you'd be able to go back to using the D70 even for backup Smile
If you can afford it, go for it.
I have a selection of Nikon lenses including the 18-70mm and the 18-200mm.
You must remember to switch off the VR when using the 18-200 lens on a tripod or your pictures won't look sharp, something that I forget to do much to my annoyance.
I also have the Nikon 17-55mm that everyone raves about.
It's probably a great portrait lens with it's f2.8 aperture but (IMHO)for landscapes it's not 700 worth of improvement on the 18-70mm and it's very heavy.
User_Removed 16 17.9k 8 Norway
26 May 2008 8:57PM

Quote:but (IMHO) for landscapes it's not 700 worth of improvement on the 18-70mm and it's very heavy.


Amen.
uggyy 14 2.1k 9 Scotland
26 May 2008 10:42PM

Quote:Quote:but (IMHO) for landscapes it's not 700 worth of improvement on the 18-70mm and it's very heavy.Amen.


Amen Amen Wink

I would personally keep the 18-70 and if its landscapes your after, get the sigma 10-20... instead. IF its that kind of wide sweeping shots you like.
StrayCat 16 19.1k 3 Canada
26 May 2008 10:45PM
I don't know why you people keep avoiding the Nikon 12-24mm.
uggyy 14 2.1k 9 Scotland
26 May 2008 10:53PM

Quote:I don't know why you people keep avoiding the Nikon 12-24mm.


Price V Quality. I dont think its worth the extra over the image quality of the Sigma 10-20. I also dont rate its build for the money.. Its a lot of money for something thats not build like the tank it should be Wink
StrayCat 16 19.1k 3 Canada
26 May 2008 10:57PM
Lot's of pros find it indepsensible, and Ken loves it.

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