Well I’ve been a bit busy the last week and a bit, and what little “photo time” I have has been occupied with playing with my new toy the Nikon D300. It was a gift to me and I’m really appreciating it very much. It is a lot of camera when compared with my D40 and I really now understand what I read before about for people upgrading D40 -> D300. Because it is a “class well above your current camera” you will need to “step up your game photographically if you want to get the benefits of those extra pixels. And there’s an enormous amount of controls to master to do that
In a sense I am no way near there — I wasn’t even near there with my D40 though I did feel a little frustration at its limits. But as always it is the photographer, not the camera, that is the critical component and I want to spend more time on that aspect.
Still, as a geek I’ll never turn down, or fail to appreciate the fun, in a new gadget.
- Finally auto-focus for my 50mm f1/8 lens!
- Better high ISO, it is not miraculous, but it is better
- ISO 100 — so called “Lo”
- Built in CLS commander, so I can free up my SB-800 and effectively get another off-camera flash
- It works fine with my tethered shooting script. 🙂
- It’s heavy – really, I don’t want to carry this about in my bag all the time
- RAW files are so big — oh no, do I need another hard disk already?
- It uses CF cards — when I have a big collection of SD 🙁
And the absolutely biggest issue:
- I can no longer blame my terrible photographs on having inadaquate equipment. 😉
Ok I’ll stop playing soon and get back to doing something constructive. Next up on my list “The World’s Most Expensive D300 Remote Shutter Release”. Details to follow (if it works!)