Last Wednesday I purchased a D300 from a fellow cafe member which should arrive any time now. I've been doing a lot of reading and studying up on the camera while I wait. I've got through the settings thread at the top of this forum. Now that many of you have been using the camera for some time I would like some setup advice. I mostly take photos of my very active grandchildren. Occasionally I do landscape and flower photos, too. But my questions mostly relate to the photos I am taking of people. What focusing method do you suggest for both active children or more stationary older folks? Would the 51 point 3d tracking be good for the kids? If so, would that mostly be for full body shots, or would it work for closeups of their faces as well? If not that focusing mode, what would you suggest I try first? Also, do you shoot 14 bit or 12 bit and what difference advantage does the 14 bit rate give you? What about active D-lighting? Is this mostly for jpeg work or does it make a difference with RAW shooting. I always shoot RAW and have adjusted d-lighting or shadows and highlights in NX2. Would it be beneficial to me to activate the d-lighting and if so, would you only use it in outdoor harsh lighting situations? Final questions--do you use picture control modes in camera or do you choose them in post processing? Sorry, lots of questions......Hope you folks can help me---and hope my new camera gets here soon. A few weeks with no camera is a real bummer!! But, my D200 should be back soon as well.