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Old November 30th, 2008, 09:13 PM   #1
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Nikon D90 or D300?

I'm selling my D80.

Im looking to buy the D90 or the D300. Which one would you get?
I need your help guys!Thanks!

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Old November 30th, 2008, 09:39 PM   #2
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If you're doing professional level work somewhat regularly and getting paid for it then go with the D300. Otherwise go with the D90 and put the difference towards a nice lens or two. The biggest advantage of the D300 is that it has a lot more direct access controls and buttons so that you can change things up quickly which is critical if you're shooting professionally and can't miss shots. With the D90 (and D80) more stuff is buried in menus and you can get bogged down for longer if you need to change a lot of settings and end up missing shots. That won't happen nearly as much with the D300.

I'd skip both and keep buying lenses.
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Lol so Keep my D80 and get better lenses?

Sounds alot cheaper tooo haha
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If you're doing professional level work somewhat regularly and getting paid for it then go with the D300. Otherwise go with the D90 and put the difference towards a nice lens or two. The biggest advantage of the D300 is that it has a lot more direct access controls and buttons so that you can change things up quickly which is critical if you're shooting professionally and can't miss shots. With the D90 (and D80) more stuff is buried in menus and you can get bogged down for longer if you need to change a lot of settings and end up missing shots. That won't happen nearly as much with the D300.

I'd skip both and keep buying lenses.
Don't forget the weather seals...

It's actually pretty cool having the camera weather sealed. On Tuesday I was at a car meet in West Covina and it started raining... Needless to say... Everyone with their D40s and XTis were fleeing for cover while I laughed and remained taking photos with my D300. I've tested the camera in rain and it still performs as it would in the dry.

The D90 has actually proven better in high ISO than the D300 though, which is interesting. I can say that the camera still will perform better than your D80 in high ISO though so you will be happy with either. If you want the camera to be built a little better and you want the ability to access menu features via buttons, the D300 is for you. Magnesium alloy frame with weather seals and buttons for specific functions like WB and ISO are all pluses over the D90. The D90 records 720P video and has better alleged high ISO performance at a more affordable price. What is more important to you? The body or the lenses? In all cases it should be the lenses but having a nice body to back it up is something extra. What I would suggest is that you go with a D90 and upgrade the glass. The lens that it comes with is pretty nifty though too, I'm not going to lie. It's a good beginning walk around lens.



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Lol so Keep my D80 and get better lenses?

Sounds alot cheaper tooo haha
Not really. With the best lenses you won't be able to afford a better body (unless you're rich or a pro and can't afford not to), but you'll get unmatched image quality. All the body does is just record the image that the lens renders, so if you don't have some top notch lenses you'd be better off getting some of those first before upgrading your body unless there's some must-have feature on the body that you can't go without.
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Don't forget the weather seals...

It's actually pretty cool having the camera weather sealed. On Tuesday I was at a car meet in West Covina and it started raining... Needless to say... Everyone with their D40s and XTis were fleeing for cover while I laughed and remained taking photos with my D300. I've tested the camera in rain and it still performs as it would in the dry.


OK if you need to shoot in the rain then get a D300.
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Don't forget the weather seals...

It's actually pretty cool having the camera weather sealed. On Tuesday I was at a car meet in West Covina and it started raining... Needless to say... Everyone with their D40s and XTis were fleeing for cover while I laughed and remained taking photos with my D300. I've tested the camera in rain and it still performs as it would in the dry.
Haha, Well its like almost always raining in FL, So I think it wouldn't be a bad idea to get the d300, and I will get better lenses no doubt. So D300 look like the winner, although the D90 is what got me wanting a new camera hahah

But I will probably get lost with ALL the buttons on the D300 XD
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Just make sure you get lenses that are weather sealed also.
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D90 with a better lense. A noob with a d300 is like a point and shoot.
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Honestly I think you'd be better off using your D80 some more and learning/practicing/developing with it. I know when we met and took pictures you mentioned that it was practically your first time using the camera and that wasn't a long time ago dude. More/better experience is going to make a larger difference than dumping money into a bigger body or a pricey lens. Just get out and shoot more, I bet you'll be more than impressed with the shots your current camera and lenses can get you.
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Old December 1st, 2008, 10:50 PM   #11
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Yahh I know! Hey FLAccord.com is having a meet!!!

http://www.flaccords.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1062
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