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Best professional/amateur Nikon yet at a great price.,
This review is from: Nikon D300 Body Only (discontinued by manufacturer) (Electronics)
I have been a user of Nikon cameras since 1980 since I switched over from Olympus. In that time I have never been tempted to wander as each manual, automatic, film and digital camera has always delivered up to expectation. Well they have until now. This camera exceeds expectation!!!
I am currently using, for work and pleasure, a Nikon 2DH and a Nikon 2DXs. Great professional cameras, both expensive but I have never had a days problem with either. They are workmanlike, ok to operate and deliver the goods. Some of the commands can be a pain, like zooming in to look at a image after it has been taken, but overall they are great cameras.
I bought the D300 after seeing the images taken from another sports photographer who literally bought the camera and on the same day cover the Oxford United v Southend United FA Cup tie. Risky business using a camera without trying it out first. But this camera is so easy to use. And zooming in is as easy as anything with a single button on the rear to achieve. This camera also allows manipulation in the camera with presets for UV, skylight filters and sepia and monochrome conversions - in the latter case it doesn't change your original but rather produces a new image in the desired effect.
Straight from the box, once the battery is charged (about 2 hours) the camera can be set to auto everything including white balance and it will give you results like no other camera I have ever used. The autofocus is snappy and I had no trouble when testing it on following a heron on the local nature reserve. With the new autofocus module and selection to the 51 3-d focus option all my shots were pin sharp.
The camera is produced for professional and high-end amateur use and has a magnesium body and many attributes of the top-of-the-range Nikon D3, but at a third of the price. I can not understand how Nikon can do it. Ok it is not as large and as comfortably bulky as the D2H, D2Xs or the flagship D3 but it does have the advantage that being smaller its less conspicuous. This will accompany me on holidays, being smaller and easier to carry and less weighty in my gadget bag.
The camera also comes with Nikons NX software which I have been using for 6 months and it is about time this software was free for Nikon users. I will review that separately, but its a well worth edition.
All in all, a great camera and as another reviewer states it has an easy to follow manual which is again a big improvement on most camera manuals you get with cameras. I always end up buying the independent instruction manuals from Magic Lantern, but not in this case.
Buy it and enjoy it!!