Custom Curves for the D300

Started Dec 28, 2007 | Discussions thread
TrekSF6 Veteran Member • Posts: 4,090
Re: Custom Curves for the D300

ron wrucke wrote:

In the interim (i.e., yesterday), I decided to try out my Nikon
70-200VR with a 1.7 TC attached. With my D100, this combo was slow
to focus and I was curious to see how the combo would work on my
D300. I went into the backyard pines and just tried it out on a few
backyard songbirds. I was amazed at how fast the lens combo and
D300 could find focus ( I was using Continuous focus mode, Spot
metering, with Dynamic Area Mode (9 points) ... much, much more
'efficient' than on my old D100. On the latter, picking out the
birds sitting in the pines would have been excruciating and manual
focus would probably have been required. On the D300, there was
hardly any searching at all ... finding a little bird buried in the
branches is a pretty tough task, and I was dumbfounded at how easy it

I think this is where the real improvement is. We all expected some huge AF speed improvement, and it is fast. But the real improvement is how well it works in tough situations. I don't think it is any faster to acquire focus than the D200 was. But it is way more likely to acquire focus in the low light or other challenging situations. It's taken me awhile, but I am starting to warm up to the idea that the D300 really is a nice upgrade from the D200.

As for exposure. That is one thing I definitely cannot complain about at all. I get what I want more often than ever with this cam. I mostly use manual mode, but I feel I can really trust this in camera metering. I find that if I do blow the exposure, it is usually toward the underexposed side.
Scott A.
Not much, but here are a few D300 shots:

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