33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
What a machine,
This review is from: Nikon D300 Body Only (Camera)
I was reluctant to move from my already proven D200 to the D300 believing that the hype was only that - hype. Nikon claimed stellar D2Xs performance and more from the D300 - I was skeptical but took the plunge and bought one anyway.
We shoot weddings and on many occasions the lighting conditions are such that only bats could negotiate the environment. Unfortunately, for those wants digital noise free images neither the DsXs or D200 from Nikon could cope. In truth there's really only the Nikon D3 that can but for that you need to remortgage.
However, the D300 is no slouch when it comes to keeping digital noise to a minimum. What I've experienced is that a well exposed photograph at say iso3200 looks more like iso800 on either the D200 or D2Xs, it really is that good.
Other notable improvements over the D2Xs and the D200 - larger rear LCD, a Live View feature, a 100% field of view via the viewfinder, better battery life.
In addition, if you are able to afford the MB-D10 battery pack I would, within a heartbeat. It feels so much better than the battery grip on the D200 mostly because this time it's made from the same material as the camera body. The D200 grip however, was made from plastic. My only gripe with the new grip is that they've changed how you use two batteries. Instead of two being fitted into the grip, ala the D200, the D300 grip requires one in the camera and one in the grip. A stupid design - now you have to unscrew the grip to recharge both batteries - just dumb.
And finally - if you're in the market for a new digital camera, I would highly recommend the D300 any day. It's more camera than most people actually need and is built to last longer than most people!