Another D300 vs D7000 post !

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gwenhael appere Contributing Member • Posts: 565
Another D300 vs D7000 post !

Hi guys,

Standard dilemna...i've got a D300s, that i'm using with 16-85VR, Sigma 10-20 and 50-500 OS. I like shooting landscapes, night/low ISO shots, as well as birding.
I realised that i can buy a D7000 brand new for the price i can sell my D300s.

I'm tempted because of the better D7000 high-ISO capabilities, the small body, the higher resolution, the "u1" & "u2" practical buttons .

I loose : 1 fps (any difference ??), a ton of options that i'm not using, a stronger body, higher AF performance (??)

Any thoughts / comments ?

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donski Contributing Member • Posts: 543
Re: Another D300 vs D7000 post !

Go for it and let us know how it goes for you.

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Re: Another D300 vs D7000 post !

gwenhael appere wrote:

I realised that i can buy a D7000 brand new for the price i can sell my D300s.

Why do you think that is...?

The D300s is the better camera. As simple as that.

Any thoughts / comments ?

Well, I won't be selling mine unless I buy a D400. I like the ergonomics of the D300s considerably more than the D7000.

Cytokine Contributing Member • Posts: 661
Re: Another D300 vs D7000 post !

We should be close to the D400 release and unless the smaller body is very important, I would wait. The D400 build quality should also be hopefully better, reading some of the issues with the D7000 and oil being thrown on the sensor etc.

John

TITCHY Senior Member • Posts: 1,101
Re: Another D300 vs D7000 post !

if you like birding you will be sorry ,the AF on the d7000 is no where near as slick as on the D300/S

D400 cannot be that far away ,most say autumn this year . it will have to be something special I reckon.

but you already have the better camera .High ISO DR are better on the D7000 ,but the D300 s wins in every other department. (in my oppinion) .

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photojohne Contributing Member • Posts: 871
Re: Agree...nt

I had a D7000, guess what I have now !!!!!!!!!

D300s wins hands down

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rpps Senior Member • Posts: 1,591
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I own both but I only need one camera and I'm selling the D7000, the D300s wins hands down in my opinion.

No use having all those extra pixels if the camera can't focus properly to produce a nice sharp photo, and also you will get very upset with oil being sprayed on your sensor which re-appears after cleaning it.

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Dave Courtenay Contributing Member • Posts: 724
Re: Another D300 vs D7000 post !

TITCHY wrote:

if you like birding you will be sorry ,the AF on the d7000 is no where near as slick as on the D300/S

D400 cannot be that far away ,most say autumn this year . it will have to be something special I reckon.

but you already have the better camera .High ISO DR are better on the D7000 ,but the D300 s wins in every other department. (in my oppinion) .

Funny, I shoot birds and do not have a problem with the D7000
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agc1976 Senior Member • Posts: 1,713
Re: Another D300 vs D7000 post !

D300s wins hands down except for the sensor. Then again, if what you want/need is sensor performance you might as well consider the D5100

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I sold my D300 to buy a D7000. My primary use for it is birding. The extra pixels make a significant difference. I think the D7000 wins hands down.

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sandy b Veteran Member • Posts: 8,189
I have had a D3, D300s and a D7000

I now have only the D7000. I love the ergonomics, the quiet shutter, the 14 bit high speed shooting, the better IQ, most of all the weight. The build is outstanding. I have had no oil, no back focus. The AF is quick and accurate. I miss the larger buffer occasionally, and the low light capability of the D3, but no longer shoot weddings, so don't really need it. Would I trade it back for a D300? Never. Would I for a D400? Possibly, but that is going to be a close to 2000.00 camera, probably buy a D700 id I was going to spend that much.

I honestly think Nikon nailed the D7k, best cropped sensor camera available today imo.

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gwenhael appere OP Contributing Member • Posts: 565
Re: Another D300 vs D7000 post !

Thanks everybody...seems there's a slight majority of you heading for the D300s...it's a close call...D400 was mentioned also but i'm not ready to spend another 2000 USD or so, unless it really has something special...We'll see....

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Re: Another D300 vs D7000 post !

I'd save money and get the 5100 if I was going to downgrade from my D300s. I'd put the savings towards a new lens.

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Mannypr Veteran Member • Posts: 3,363
Re: Another D300 vs D7000 post !

First I would like to say that I to am in the same position , wondering which to buy . If you make this same question in the d90 forum you might get a totally different response . Just to let you know to take that into consideration when weighting it all down.

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DavidCZ Junior Member • Posts: 27
Re: Another D300 vs D7000 post !

I just placed order for a D7000 to replace the D300.

The high ISO performance of D300 can not meet my requirements. I need to use ISO 1600 or even more than 3200 at low light weddings. The noise of D300 bothers me a lot.

I need D400 desperately but can not wait for another half a year or maybe a year.

The extra pixel of D7000 is also great for details and I need it for large-size wedding albums.

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rpps Senior Member • Posts: 1,591
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Well I must have been the only one that experienced bad focus and soft photos with the 2 D7000's I once owned, to me all the extra resolution of the D7000 means nothing or the higher ISO's if a camera can't produce a sharp nicely focused shot.
As far as higher ISO Topaz denoise does a fantastic job in PS

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Taffy ML Regular Member • Posts: 122
Re: Another D300 vs D7000 post !

I have to admit that I have never tried a D7000. The D7000 may well have a 'better' sensor than the D300(s) but there is more to a well rounded camera than a sensor. Having got used to the 'pro' standard features of the D300 for the last 3 years I would no way want to go 'back' to anything that Nikon didn't class as a 'pro' camera. I like the solid construction and weight of the D300 - if you go camping and can't find a rock/hammer you can always use the D300 to hammer in the tent pegs, only joking but it really does feel that solid!

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Re: Another D300 vs D7000 post !

I've had two D7K bodies and both focused just fine. I own a D300 - have owned and used the D300/s bodies for years.

The D7000 gives up very little in terms of structural integrity when compared to the D300. The latter does, in my opinion, have noticeably superior ergonomics.

Both very good machines and each have their pluses and minuses when compared.

Having one over the other is not going to make someone a different level photographer.
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dezignman Senior Member • Posts: 1,591
What about video?

I use a d300s which has a max of 720P video, though really nice video. I was considering a D7000 for the added resolution of video. Does anybody (who has used D300s video) have any comments about the video quality of the D7000? Of course I have all the aforementioned fears of giving up a D300s, a really nice camera.

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