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When did You Last Take The Plunge!

janeez Plus
9 1.8k 8 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2010 1:17AM
It was a difficult decision to make a few weeks ago but I am so glad I did it! I decided it was time to upgrade my lovely Nikon D80 to a Nikon D300s. We had been faithful companions for nearly 4 years and we both knew it was time for a change. So, move over D80 and WOW in comes D300s and what an amazing camera! I cannot believe how easy it is to use. I still love my D80 and will keep him as a spare, just in case, but the D300s is the business. Not especially interested in the movie mode, however that could change when I get around to using it. Picture quality is superb.

Anyone else had a similar experience recently?

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StrayCat 14 19.1k 3 Canada
14 Jun 2010 3:35AM
I used Nikon for about 41/2 years, then sold it all and tried Olympus for a year or so, sold that, and just recently got a Pentax K20D and a couple of lenses. It's easy to see and feel the quality in the kit. I have a 50mm f1.4 on order, and I ordered a flash last night. I've been away from photography just long enough to forget most of what I had learned, so I'm doing lots of practise and lots of reading.
cheddar-caveman 14 1.1k England
14 Jun 2010 7:39AM
Ahhh! Nikon, Olympus, Pentax and so on. Just get a Canon and you'll never need to change!

I was always a Minolta man in the days BD (before digital) but they were late coming into the DSLR market so I tried Canon, and never looked back. They are brilliant and nothing would persuade me to change. First the 350D, now the 40D and coupled with my new 300mm f2.8 and a 2X extender I'm in heaven taking wildlife pics. Only change I am considering is upgrading to the 7D but need to save up a bit more after the outlay on the 300mm!!

This years goal? A Kingfisher and here it is! http://applewood.sc11.co.uk/main.php?g2_itemId=2603
Toonman 11 1.4k 2 England
14 Jun 2010 7:48AM
Fantastic Janeez, I envy you. Wink
Phil1958 9 272 4 Wales
14 Jun 2010 8:57AM
Have to agree with Cheddar_Caveman about Canon. I started out with a Practika LTL3, then eventually moved to Pentax when everything was manual focus. My 1st autofocus film camera was a Canon 500N, then at the dawn of the digital age, I always swore I'd get a DSLR and bought a Canon 300D and haven't looked back. Now on a 50 & 550D with 2 L series lenses, hoping to get a 5D MkII next year - have to do a couple more weddings first!
jken 12 1.7k 1 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2010 8:58AM
I swapped from Canon to Nikon October 09 and wish i'd started with Nikon from the start. My Canon gear was superb but my Nikon gear is even better.....Grin
mohikan22 14 2.3k 2 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2010 9:06AM
I have just ditched the 450 to the 550..... the bigger screen and more MP will certainly make a difference in my macro work for details. the high iso will be handy too. not bothered about the movie mode its abit irrelevant to me.
lets hope its a good camera ::
RichBrew 8 151 England
14 Jun 2010 9:40AM
I moved to Nikon 10 years ago as I needed to replace my ageing OM-1 and OM-2n cameras. I was not prepared to stump up the cash for an OM-3 or OM-4Ti as they seemed limited in specification for the price being asked. I started with a F80, then an F90x and ultimately an F5. Moving onto Nikon digital bodies was the next logical step with a D200 and D300. My last acquisition was the 24-70mm f/2.8 AF-S Nikkor in February.

I have no intention of moving from the Dark Side as I now have 17 Nikkors (from 10.5mm Fisheye to 300mm f/2.8) - and there's always going to be room for one more.

Toonman 11 1.4k 2 England
14 Jun 2010 10:07AM
So on balance it would seem Nikon are the clear winners then! Not wanting to stir up any rivalrys and all that. Wink
RavenTepes 8 226 United States
14 Jun 2010 10:14AM
You mean there's other companies than Nikon that make cameras?!? Wink
Toonman 11 1.4k 2 England
14 Jun 2010 10:21AM

Quote:You mean there's other companies than Nikon that make cameras

Apparently! You know the old saying about putting Nikon lenses on Canon bodies? Well it's now Putting Nikon lenses on Nikon bodies. Da Da.

It's only because I'm grovelling to Super Nik from Nikon Nation for a free D300s and 18-200 VR. SmileSmile
Just Jas Plus
16 26.2k 1 England
14 Jun 2010 10:39AM

Quote:It's only because I'm grovelling to Super Nik .....

Do you mean 'Old Nik'? Wink

The Devil you do! Smile
Toonman 11 1.4k 2 England
14 Jun 2010 11:23AM
Jas, I'll even grovel to Old Nick if it gets me a D300s! Wink
RichBrew 8 151 England
14 Jun 2010 11:57AM

Quote:So on balance it would seem Nikon are the clear winners then...

I have nothing against Canon per se, but when I moved from Olympus I looked into their system, and having handled both Nikon and Canon bodies the former felt better to me. There, I've said it!

14 Jun 2010 1:20PM
To answer your question Jane I moved from the D80 to the D200 a couple of years ago and was well pleased. About a month ago I bought the D300s and like you I am delighted with it. Still got the D80 & D200 and still use them. Hope you continue to enjoy your new camera for years to come.

Regards Stuart

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