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Nikon D300 : Specifications and Opinions




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avatarjunior
sent on March 02, 2018

Pros: Professional body very robust, comfortable keys, exposure meter and wb very precise, good color rendering and dynamic range.

Cons: Noise above 1600 ISO, but for an APS-C sensor released 10 years ago I do not think it's a defect.

Opinion: A beautiful war machine! Very fast and reliable even in non-ideal weather conditions. Probably one of the most successful small format for Nikon, as regards the ISO compared with some entry level with 24 megapixel noise is perhaps less annoying, certainly over 1600 ISO even with the reduction of noise you start to lose details. Good workability of raw files, for JPEG I got better results with "fine" than "normal".

avatarsenior
sent on July 12, 2017

Pros: Good body grip.

Cons: Noise to higher ISO.

Opinion: Perhaps he sold it precipitously to switch to a superior Nikon model, today I would resume it because with some weight optics the balance was perfect according to significantly lower weight models today in commerce. Good and firm the handle even for those who do not like me Small hands, in general has always given me satisfaction for sharpness and quality in the colors, confirms that still in the market are used bodies in good condition at low prices, for a reflex in any case dated.

avatarjunior
sent on April 30, 2017

Pros: It was a Pro and you still see it today

Cons: Annoia -forse also bored in 2007-the limitation of 14-bit burst, really limited for a commercially-used machine.

Opinion: A review of this car, executed in 2017, can only take into account that it is a car with almost 10 years of honored service. What really surprised is its performance and physical activity. Nikon has not changed much of the physical settings of the professional camera range and this makes it still current. Moreover: the autofocus module still today is great and superior to that of recent non-pro-semi headband models or other brands. I would say that it is a rocky car that is still outstanding for quality and usability, especially for those who want to get the most out of raw and missed the jpegs created by the car. Defects must be evaluated in the light of age: it is useless to complain about the absence of video function in a model that was designed without that purpose: who today buys, uses, knows what he wants and does not have to complain about. I'm going for dynamic range and high Iso hold: anyone who wants more should acQuist the new (and maybe change format). Coupled with fixed lights and avoiding too wide-angle wings (ie: avoiding using 10mm focal lengths by finishing very fine details at a very wide field angle), its resolution is still dignified for all uses and allows you to shoot without thinking getting prints well You define. Only bracketing is prone to set the first time, then you do everything with Fn and the two ringers, very straight. Having to complain about my own, I often find myself computing +0.7 (at least) the exposure values ??suggested by the machine, in the matrix. However, there is also a manual setting that allows to vary the behavior of the exposure meter machine. Incredible ....

avatarsenior
sent on March 20, 2017

Pros: professional body, Af precise and constant at 51 points including 15 cross, all the settings available on the camera body, to 7fps burst, PRO ergonomics sensor with even good performance despite the years.

Cons: Acceptable noise up to 1600 ISO,

Opinion: I waited over a year and many thousands of shots before writing a review of this historical machine. And after a year I am absolutely entusiasta.rnLa first thing you notice is the construction of this machine, solid, untreated, massive, fell into the hands perfectly, well balanced even with heavy lenses. When you start to shoot you realize what it means to "operational speed", the machine does all the main controls on the body, this means that you will NEVER need to enter the menu to change a setting, but it only takes a few movements with your fingers to have everything as you want, for example, I use it often for tennis combined with a 80-200 True union, step incredibly rapid manner by click to athletes with afc, 3D tracking, matrix display, shutter priority to a portrait Featured stolen on the fly with afs, spot metering, focus on a single point, aperture priority, two seconds and you are ready to face a completely different situation. The AF is thethe old but awesome form multicam 3500, always accurate, even in low light, exceptional 3D tracking, the percentage of photos out of focus, even in sports, is really tiny, and often due to my mistakes and not AF, the engine internal to the optical AFD goes to the speed of light, even with heavy lenses as the True Union, a sicurezza.rn the 12 mp of the sensor are not many if accustomed to the current resolutions, the limit is however more the possibility of crop that another, because by 12 mp, if you expose properly and using quality lenses you can print even serenely 70 * 100 of very good quality, although the performance in terms of dynamic range and color depth are very respectable and make a car not obsolete from the point of view of the quality of immagine.rnL'unico point where the D300 loses qualòcosa compared to modern machines is the seal at high iso, I find usable up to 1600, over the noise becomes more invasiveand difficult to manage, in this latest machines are significantly meglio.rnIn conclusion at the time of writing (March 2017) are D300 for about 250/300 euro, and at that price we will take home a machine of still superb performance, usabilissima and highly enjoyable, with a professional body and still existing qualitative performance. A price / incredible performance, absolutely recommend it.

avatarjunior
sent on March 13, 2017

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avatarjunior
sent on March 12, 2016

Pros: Ergonomics, clarity, soundness (also over time)

Cons: A little 'noise to the highest ISO; the weight (925 grams well, for ODA), especially when combined with optics as the 18-200

Opinion: I own the eight years, and has followed me in many occasions. Not that I would replace with its evolution, D5oo, or a FF. It has almost all the photo features you could want (the video does not own, but I do not particularly interest ...). Certainly high ISO a little 'noise there, but they are also processors longtime now. In any other situation is razor sharp, has a very good color rendering, and has every command in the right place. And 'likely to hold this camera body even when I had bought a new one.

avatarjunior
sent on January 02, 2016

Pros: It has become part of me and I could not help it: we're a perfect couple and I surprise in continual use, especially when traveling.

Cons: maybe the weight and size that can tolerate with a good sheath with a shoulder strap

Opinion: nevertheless practical and straightforward. I do not mean having it replace it with various accessories, in particular external flash one ZOMM 18-200, another 18-70, a 70-300 and a "witty" 10-20 Dù me the opportunity to photograph any extension even if narrow, of limited size. all lenses are protected with sky light of Hoya and I also have a pair of polarizers of different diameters. It minipiede a 5 € and another a bit 'more "serious" I always follow. in certain situations (rare) use a monopod and a tripod.

avatarjunior
sent on October 03, 2015

Pros: Robust construction typical of the pro series, ergonomic body with excellent control layout, excellent AF, great cost in used, higher the number of points of focus (51), good dynamic range, remarkable burst (8 fps).

Cons: Noise in extreme situations, Nikon usual problem of sticky tires, high weight matching the MB-D10 (but you can not have everything).

Opinion: I come from analogue experiences with the F3, F4s, F5, I entered the world with the D80 digital SLR. I must say that familiarity with the D300 was immediate, and I share the good things I read in the reviews. Excellent raw and jpeg, actually I never threw a raw no fault of negligence on my part. Do not use optical right and what I make it very well in tandem. I share the view expressed in previous opinions on Live View.rnSono very happy with this body and I highly recommend, also waiting to make the jump with a FF, but not abandon the employ alongside.

avatarjunior
sent on September 14, 2015

Pros: body, commands, functions, autofocus

Cons: controversial outcomes noise

Opinion: It was the reference in the ODA - C. The body is then - stretched - was the D700, and than it seems wider, because the monochrome display on the cover here is not to deal with the housing plus pentaprism. D700 also anticipates the efficient autofocus module (coeval with the D3), with the advantage that the 51 points lapping closer margins of the frame. The burst is remarkable, but is drastically worsening if you shoot in RAW 14 bit. Ability to customize and physical access to their command of the professional level. As for the noise, it is necessary to distinguish: it looks surprisingly content to high sensitivity, but remember that the periodic TuttiFotografi highlighted in the laboratory the onset of a filter inescapable since the ISO 800 (also in RAW, albeit less intense) that even allowed him to measuring coefficients lower than the sensitivity of ISO 400. Therefore, the cleaning is achieved at the expense of dettaglio end. Porporzionalmente more pronounced - albeit grit dry, with little accentuated color component - the noise at medium and low sensitivity. It also notes - as can happen even if infrequently, are not the first to highlight - that the implementation of fractional sensitivity, not corresponding to the multiple of the native, can result in some trimming. Leaving aside the third of ISO, I have for example found at 220 (ISO sensitivity that can be chosen in automatism of this parameter in combination with manual or priority of exposure) an intensity noise is not correlated to the values ??of neighboring signal amplification. Of course, it was found on the raw file set to a picture style and conservative values ??of the parameters kept to default.

avatarjunior
sent on July 27, 2015

Pros: Body ergonomic and robust pro, materials, settings, AF, price

Cons: Noise at high ISO, weight, I find nothing

Opinion: Once you have had in hand immediately the feeling of having a camera body from pro, solid, robust and above all ergonomic. Excellent image quality even taking into account that it is a sensor with a few year now on the shoulders, in the form af 51 points really performing. A little 'complicated at first, especially for those who like me is a d3100, however, with all controls close at hand is really a show. The quality of the file is excellent in good light condition, generates a bit 'of noise when low-light must inevitably increase the iso. With optical light, for now it is proven only 35mm, is a meraviglia.rnPer me being a beginner never choice was better. rn

avatarjunior
sent on March 26, 2015

Pros: Pro body, sensor, processor, great for shortcuts, AF Form incredible

Cons: Yield iso out of step with the times (Absolutely acceptable), battery life,

Opinion: Surely a car with pro request on his part to a certain competence Pictures (not recommend as first SLR), the quality is excellent and comparable to high-end SLR as d700 FF D610 and in some cases higher than the D7100 and D7200 for speed and convenience! rnHo took this machine for its good results have low iso and loses a little bit over a thousand but definitely usable at any range! personally I prefer it even to modern D610 and D7000 series tot, another point in favor 8fps with BG and 6 fps without pariah ... the D3 ... even exaggerated in some ways! great for sports photography for its speed and AF really powerful !! I recommend to everyone especially for those from an EL wants to do a good jump forward.

avatarsenior
sent on March 13, 2015

Pros: Anti-atomic chassis, bursts 8fps (but only 12bit), pro, dynamic range, internal AF engine (to take advantage of Nikon D series optics)

Cons: High ISO (1000-1250, and sometimes 1600). Not from the best of itself with all the lenses. Limited look coverage. Depleted fat if you work at 14bit. MS-D10 module that does not always communicate correctly with the camera circuit, and stylus batteries that discharge almost immediately (identical defect on D700, if not worse). Shutter lag. White measurement is not always reliable.

Opinion: A reliable machine as a whole. It is well done, works well in all circumstances, from photos to the extravagant ones. Compared to the various D7XXX series is certainly more impressive, as chassis setup / construction. Maybe the D500 remembers it more. Very similar to the D3, except for some open controls (eg bracketing) and clearly for the sensor. It has a shutter-lag that can sometimes disturb you. The WB-car does not always get in touch (sometimes turns to blue). It has a lot of functions. The AF engine is apt to bring home a number of 'critical' shots. It works fine with AFD lenses and also with al / ais. It's a bit cheaper than the D700 and seems to be more balanced. With BG it becomes a small D3, with 8fps burst and full-bodied effects. The MS-D10 carriage (AA battery stack) is to be forgotten because it does not communicate with the CPU steadily and the batteries are discharged after less than three hundred operations (I have changed 4) .nn better fit the Patona EN-EN4a batteries compatcost, which cost 1/4 of the price compared to Nikon and guarantee at least two thousand performances. If you do not have big requirements on the iso range, I would say that it is an excellent car to get us everything, also considering the price of very cheap, today. Good as a reflex, how and how much you want it: it does not fear anything.

avatarjunior
sent on February 25, 2015

Pros: Robust construction typically pro, excellent sensor well-sized, ergonomic, distribution dials and buttons.

Cons: Weight (especially combined with battery grip MB-D10), but more than acceptable visible noise at high ISO.

Opinion: Since the first approach the D300 gives the impression of a pro camera. Robust and ergonomically appealing even if the weight gets a little 'feel. As someone wrote before me the D300 requires a period of study to be able to fully understand but once tuned into will give you great satisfaction. Combined with the Sigma 17-70 HSM Macro 1.2.8-4.5 has outdone herself, accurate shots even in quite extreme. The only feasible after the jump D300 is only the Full Frame. Although I switched to FF I find it hard to part with.

avatarsenior
sent on December 24, 2014

Pros: cost, good materials, versatile

Cons: a bit of noise, but tolerable, I do not find another

Opinion: Use three bodies d300 with optical brightness f2.8 starting from 14-200 all Nikon.Avendo modulated bodies on the specific objectives, work to find meraviglia.Mi really well, they are about two years that use d300, come from D90 and a few years ago by F4.rnHo started with Nikkormat, then ..... RNLA machine is excellent, some sensor no longer young, but you have prices that is located on second, held up well, even from huge soddisfazioni.rnSe you change the jump is FF .

avatarjunior
sent on December 13, 2014

Pros: Cost, materials and sizes, settings

Cons: With the battery grip quite heavy, noise in difficult situations, batteries during the flurry

Opinion: I bought the d300 as first reflex, used by a man who used to take family photos. rnInizialmente is a bit complicated to use even for lack of preset shooting scenes .. but what I consider an advantage because it pushes you to learn and study it thoroughly to use it better. RNE 'SLR professional enough, so it takes a lens to his height and not a chinoiserie. With a smooth Tamron 17-50 goes like a dream. In the photos the night the noise you hear very little to be a sensor 'stale' and holds up very well the ISO 1600 (but just buy a bright lens and you will never get to use such high ISO). Has enough difficulty in photographs in low light as in a situation of shade under the trees, because greatly extend the shutter speed and the ISO inexorably rise producing very difficult to manage noise. rnNelle well-lit photos churns file impeccable quality, ready to be printed and hung on the parete.rnLa recommend? Of course you do! rnYou could have done better choice to start taking pictures! Highly recommended !!

avatarjunior
sent on March 28, 2013

Pros: cost, robust body, great for photo hunt

Cons: visible noise

Opinion: I have this machine 2 .... Annetti accompanied me on several trips and never let me down ... I took a little 'everywhere and I was never disappointed always behaving very well and giving me excellent catches photographic ... great accommodation key and handle like a real professional camera ... very useful for hunting the DX sensor camera that allows you to multiply without any loss of quality 1.5x optical any mounted ...

avatarsenior
sent on September 03, 2011

Pros: Excellent performance already in jpeg if set properly, good raw if exposed correctly. Solid, has traveled the world with me taking sand, salt, water, rain, mud. Perfect. Electronics professional mold.

Cons: You have to have the patience to learn to use it. It is not trivial to tame. High noise at high ISO in underexposed areas. Live view generation obsolete.

Opinion: Are now three years that this reflex is with me in all my travels, adverse conditions or not. What amazed me immediately is the ability to configure and manage electronic machine. It is not a simple reflex but properly configured with considerable satisfaction. Features and controls are at the level of professional grade Nikon and there are fundamental functions for the most demanding photographers. Compatibility and management of the park is excellent optical, rather it is a machine that, especially with the battery grip dedicated to better manage any type of optical AF, even old-fashioned. I printed photos up to 90x60 will get results very rewarding. Landscapes suffer like all the DX (APS-C) of reduced size, recoverable in part dedicated to good goals. For nature photography the ratio 1.5x and helps the sensor reduced helps a lot in macro photography in practice by increasing the depth of field achievable. The fps with battery grip arrive at 8 allow a burst quite remarkable. To photograph indoors should be accompanied with the right flash (sb-900) to obtain remarkable results. I am very satisfied with this body, and over time I was able to relate it with the competition convinced me more and more of the good choice at the beginning. I will look closely at the D400 (if ever released), but I'll break the d300 only with many tears.

avatarjunior
sent on August 05, 2011

Pros: quoto in toto those before me and add the interval that I find useful

Cons: live view mode, battery life in standby and lack infrared sensor for remote control

Opinion: in fact in the live view I noticed significant difference with the other body that I have is that the D90. In D90 while you wait for the autofocus works the image is clearly visible and the green square shows the focus occurred while the D300 does not have this certainty. I'm being keen time-lapse and they usually I am fine with the battery life (even raw + jpeg 1000 photos) when the impostto intervallomentro to schedule a sunrise I noticed that I can not trust to delegate to the D300 operability top to 4/5 hours regardless of the number of shots.

avatarjunior
sent on July 20, 2011

Pros: See opinion Riaz

Cons: I should add that in Live view NOT see a meter and does not adjust automatically depending on the brightness of the scene. Nikon needs to make progress in these details and we consider that the technology allows for some time.

Opinion: How Riaz...copio / paste its ... I own this reflex for almost 3 years and I am very satisfied. I tried a macro, landscape and animals, in all fields especially shines in looking at price / quality ratio. I work mostly with macro and a limit annoying for people like me is to be formed to excellence in live view, photographer often in this mode to obtain maximum precision in focus and to check that the subject is perfectly still when shooting. Unfortunately, the live wiev nikon still drives the mirror before effetturare shooting and it may be caused by the micro vibrations visible to large ingrandimeti, in partial compensation, you can use the exposure delayed triggering the shutter after a second, but Therefore I will not guarantee that the subject is perfectly still having this slight delay when shooting. I find intelligent sitema canon (Canon 7D and 5DII) that resets the sensor to start shooting and then only at the end of the curtain starts creating subtle vibrations. In the landscapes I found it very good and honestly I managed to do night shooting in 1600 that with the right ridudione noise are stampabilissimi even in large formats. only flaw here live view that at the beginning of sunrise and sunset is the end ......

avatarsupporter
sent on July 18, 2011

Pros: Excellent raw if you expose correctly Rugged weather-proof quick and precise autofocus

Cons: Noticeable noise if you sottoespone especially in the shadows Lack of a proper live view for macro Lack of video

Opinion: I own this reflex for almost 3 years and I am very satisfied. I tried a macro, landscape and animals, in all fields especially shines in looking at price / quality ratio. I work mostly with macro and a limit annoying for people like me is to be formed to excellence in live view, photographer often in this mode to obtain maximum precision in focus and to check that the subject is perfectly still when shooting. Unfortunately, the live wiev nikon still drives the mirror before effetturare shooting and it may be caused by the micro vibrations visible to large ingrandimeti, in partial compensation, you can use the exposure delayed triggering the shutter after a second, but Therefore I will not guarantee that the subject is perfectly still having this slight delay when shooting. I find intelligent sitema canon (Canon 7D and 5DII) that resets the sensor to start shooting and then only at the end of the curtain starts creating subtle vibrations. In the landscapes I found it very good and honestly I managed to do night shooting in 1600 that with the right ridudione noise are stampabilissimi even in large formats. only flaw here live view that at the beginning of sunrise and sunset is the end shows very dark. Overall, I strongly suggest to nature photographers on a tight budget because it's a solid, reliable, and that will give you great satisfaction.







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