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Nikon D300s or D90

Unread post by big5spotter » Wed Aug 18, 2010 5:05 pm

Hi all cammers

I have a Nikon D80 and thinking of getting either the D90 or D300s.I was locked on the D90 and then when I went to the camera store he introduced me to the D300s which I would rather want but is their such a big difference in the 2?And is it worth buying a D300s?Should I even upgrade?
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Re: Nikon D300s or D90

Unread post by BushNuts » Fri Aug 20, 2010 3:18 pm

Hey there b5s,

I'm not sure why you feel you need to upgrade, but if it's to take better advantage of the power of DSLRs then read on.

I just upgraded from a D70 to the D300s, and having played around with the D90 before I can safely say this... Yes!

There's a huge difference. The D300s gives you so much more power at your finger tips but only if you're going to use it beyond the snapshot Auto mode offered by most SLRs.

In fact there is no happy green Auto mode. The closest it has is P(rogramme) mode and the ability to create custom profile settings for your own personalised use.

The D300s is definately a superb camera but will it take better pictures than the D80 or D90, not really (okay maybe a little bit), but it will make taking better pictures easier.

Another good reason you should not go for the D90. It's about to become obsolete and will be replaced by a new model in the next month or two at the next Photokina.

I suggest checking carefully why you want to upgrade and what it is you want from the upgrade and then look at the available models (and maybe wait for the D90 replacement to be announced).
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Re: Nikon D300s or D90

Unread post by JustNature » Fri Aug 20, 2010 4:18 pm

B5S, they both seem great very closely matched. Got a D90 and am very happy. Comparasion Chart
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Re: Nikon D300s or D90

Unread post by fazekma » Sat Aug 21, 2010 7:08 am

I use both bodies and am happy with the photographs taken by both - there is no difference here. The the D90 has a motor so is usable with older lenses that don't have the SWM.

I will, however, be trading my D90 in sometime in the future for one main reason - the mode dial does not lock - this means that a small bump / touch or if you brush the body against something can change the setting - THIS DRIVES ME MAD! I keep the bodies on the passenger seat and shoot with a bean bag and if I set the mode on A (Aperture) and I see a subject I simply reach over grab the body and start shooting - I don't have time to check dials but in about 30% of the time my dial has moved to Shutter, Manual or Program mode and I end up with some crazy-looking photos! Wildlife photography is about technique and speed - animals don't often give us a second chance to photograph them so I need my setting to remain stable - the D300S has a lock on the dials.
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Re: Nikon D300s or D90

Unread post by big5spotter » Sat Aug 21, 2010 10:13 am

Thanks guys.I tested the D300s in the camera store and it just feels right feels like I have power in my hands.The guys in the store went into dpreview and compared all 3 D80 D90 D300s and the D80 and D300s got a 4½star and the D90 4 stars why I dont know.I know about the new D90 my friend works for Nikon.Maybe I should hold onto my D80 for a while?I know I wont get better pics thats not why I want to upgrade.
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Re: Nikon D300s or D90

Unread post by wingman » Sun Aug 22, 2010 8:14 pm

The big difference is the number of shots per second 4 on the D90 against 7.5 in the D300s if you want to do birds in flight or action shots the D300s is the one to get.
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D300s or D7000?

Unread post by big5spotter » Thu Oct 21, 2010 4:41 pm

Its starting to get to that time of upgrading again. I have a Nikon D80 and I love my camera but as we all want to do is have something better.ok been to 2 shops and tested the D300s :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: I want it I want it then I phoned my friend at nikon SA and he said go for the D7000 thats going to be launched 2 Nov according to him.Lenses I have got Nikon 18-135mm Nikon 70-300mm and Sigma 150-500mm.I love the speend of the 7fps of the D300s and the feel of it and the sound when you take a pic.But also heard the D7000 will be cheaper than the D300s.

Know I want some of your advice.
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Re: D300s or D7000?

Unread post by BushNuts » Mon Oct 25, 2010 11:21 am

Hey there big5spotter,

Good question. Depends on what you are looking for. Both cameras are nearly identical. The D7000 has higher megapixels, but the D300s has less pixels per square inch (A good thing for quality).

Personally I would go with the D300s, but that's because I own one. The quality of the shots I can achieve on it is not really much better than my old D70, or any other Nikon out there, but the strong point of the D300s is the ease of use. The access and speed when changing settings is phenomenal thanks to the design of the menus and additional switches and buttons on the body.

Going for the D7000, it has better HD video capabilities. True HD (1080) and better AF when taking videos. Something I found is not the best on the D300s.

Either way you're making the right choice (Nikon). :mrgreen:
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Re: D300s or D7000?

Unread post by Dirk.V.E. Neethling » Sat Oct 30, 2010 3:58 pm

To my knowledge the D7000 is going to be a complete new camera in the sense of sensor wise. Most of the current futures find on the D300s will also be on the D7000 accept for some performance issues( D7000 39 focus sensors, 4sps comparing to D300s 7fps with MD10 battery grip and 51 point focus sensors) The current DSRL’s of Nikon are using sensors that have been made by Sony. The D7000 is Nikons first own sensor for Digital DSRL and according to rumors out there, D4 and D800(both FX-full frame) and the D400(1.5crop-DX)also going to have Nikon sensors. The D7000 was only released about 2 weeks now in the US and there are a lot of back-orders, meaning the Pros doing reviews are struck ling to get there hands on them. Now according to Thom Hogan(with according to 80% of Nikon users have the best reviews and user guides for Nikon cameras) who also just started testing the D7000, the D7000 is the best low light performance DX format DSRL he have tested. He also tested Sony and Canon and he says this camera is the best in that regard. If I were you, I wait for a month or two and see what the pros think of it. That if you can. If you want to wait longer the upgrade of the D300s is dew May 2011(D400)

PS: you can read the reviews of all the Nikon body’s, lenses ,flash and more on he website at www.bythom.com. He is one of the best writer on the web for photography out there.
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Re: D300s or D7000?

Unread post by Dirk.V.E. Neethling » Sun Oct 31, 2010 10:15 am

Good day BushNuts,

There is no proper review yet only specifications on it. Like I said the pro’s only got there hands on it in the last two weeks and it will take a month before there will be a proper review available. Current frets tend to that the D7000 is better in low light conditions than D300s. Look it in this way..

If you an photo enthusiast- amateur photographer the D7000 will be good for you. Most of the control you can set to Auto and let the camera decide with is the best settings.

If you are a amateur- pro photographer the D300s is better as you have more control over the settings. But bare in mind you need to have same understanding of settings to get good results other wise you can get frustrated.

Difference between n consumer an pro photographer is never the camera but you as the shooter. If you going to shoot most setting auto you going to get 30 to 40% good photos were as n pro under stands all the elements and shoot manual and get it right 80-90% of the times

So question is do you shoot manual or Auto most of the time?

Like the pro says…..D300s leans pro and D7000 leans consumer and that is not because one is better than the other but the way you shoot as one you can control more than the other.

Read the 2 reviews below and then you get an idea what I am talking about

http://www.bythom.com/nikond300review.htm
http://www.bythom.com/nikond90review.htm This is the D90 review. Bear in mind the D7000 replace this and this review will give you idée as to what the D7000 will hold in.
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Nikon D7000 is here........

Unread post by Dirk.V.E. Neethling » Tue Dec 21, 2010 2:27 pm

The Nikon D7000 is here :dance: and there is a big buzz around it. I saw it at Makro for R12999 body only. You can get it from B&H video and photo in New York for $1199(R8400) plus $80(R540) shipping and 21% import tax(R1764) and you can get is for about R11000 from overseas. B&h is very good and one of the best out there and they take Sa credit/debit cards and do ship internationally. Just read a review of the D7000 by Thom Hogan and I just had to quote this that he said….
“Positives
• Nice Feature/Price Balance. Yes, US$1199 is a bit higher, but the feature set is deeper and the performance better. It's a slightly better value than a D90 was, and that was a good value.
• Excellent Image Quality. Pixels? Got 'em. Low light capability? Got enough of it. HD Video? Got it. Very little in the image quality realm bothers me. Nikon mostly nailed it.
• Tough Competitor. Canon users will be envious. Sony users will be envious. Heck, even users of older Nikon DX DSLRs will be envious. “
…………… By Thom Hogan..

Sorry canon fans but eat dirt :rtm: :whistle: :tongue: ……..Nikon is the best!!!!!
Other interesting thing that I read is that DX camera is better for wildlife photography than FX cameras. Reason being that DX have a better pixel density than Fx and give more dynamic range with is Ideal for wildlife photographers. Yes the D3 and D700 cameras in general will be a better camera as what the D300s and D7000 will be but, for wildlife shooting you will get better results with a D300s or D7000 than what you will get with the FX versions.
Then just one more curve ball for the Canon fans…..please read Ken Rockwell website. He shoots with every thing from Canon to Nikon to sigma to leica ens…..Read is Recommended camerasection……In is own words…..when it comes to DSRL cameras there is only one brand and that is Nikon :big_eyes: :dance: and that is also the brand the pro use most. When it came to compact cameras then you shoot canon…. :hmz:
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First DSLR Camera - advice needed!!!

Unread post by PARDUS1029 » Wed Jan 12, 2011 8:52 pm

Hi to all.

I am thinking of buying my first DSLR cam and want to find out want you guys think of the following camera.

The Nikon D90 or D500.

Which one do you think is the one to buy for wildlife photography!!

I like the D90 more than the D500?

I had a Panasonic Lumix.

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Re: First DSLR Camera - advice needed!!!

Unread post by john n poppy » Wed Jan 12, 2011 10:02 pm

Hi Pardus,

I bought a D90 last year for my trip in Kruger and loved it...

most of the pictures were taken with the D90 and 70-300mm 4.5 VR Nikon lens though some were taken with a D3000.

Feel free to have a look at our trip report, I found the D90 a great tool and at a good price, though the lens is most important they are very expensive for us to buy for a few weeks a year.

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Re: First DSLR Camera - advice needed!!!

Unread post by Switchback » Thu Jan 13, 2011 2:07 pm

It's a no brainer... NIKON D90!! :thumbs_up:

The ONLY reason I could ever see why not to buy one, is if you've got enough money to buy the Nikon D7000... Eish, I'm making my own mouth water now...

But seriously, I've been using my D90 now for almost two years and what a pleasure these two years have been from taken many weddings to mammals in KTP. Have a look at my TR to see some results with a D90 and using mostly a Sigma 150 - 500m lens.

When you go buy your D90, do go on the FREE Nikon course you get with it, they teach you all the ins and outs of your camera - no need for a manual after that course. :thumbs_up:

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D90 vs D7000

Unread post by Anja Barnard » Sun Jul 10, 2011 11:06 am

Hi every one

I am completely new to the camera / photography world. I currently have a Canon SX30 IS and that's it.

I desperatly want to upgrade. :roll: :roll: :roll:

After doing some reading here and elsewhere, visiting a few shops, also online, and after chatting to a few people, the "Nikon'ers" won. :wink: They convinced me. (i've come to realise the canon vs nikon battle is rather serious :D )

I was looking at the D90 with 18-105VR lense and the 70-300mm VR lens and then bit later sigma 150-500mm. ????????

Now I was introduced to the D7000 hearing so many positive things about it. Can you even compare the D90 and D7000. ?

Thing is, the D7000's gonna throw me out of my budget :sniper: :| . But if it is worth waiting /saving :tongue: 3 - 6 months more, I'll do that.

Or will the D90 be sufficient.

Please help!!

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