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Okay I'm allowed to post on here now, my D300s and a few lenses have arrived!
Damn it's heavy and big compared to my Pentax K-7!:Unsure: I know some like them that way, but not me. A different way of structuring the menus, and the memory banks are rather confusing. I can't even study it tonight as it's tennis night :frown:

My brother has a Nikon D50, so now I'll just have the problem of keeping my lenses from him.

Still selling my old stuff, what a drag that is! Hope I've made the right decision :confused: :m68:
 
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Well as I was selling stuff I could splash out a bit more than normal, so 16-85, 70-300 VR, 35/1.8, 70-200 VRII and an SB900. I haven't been able to afford to replace everything I had for the K-7, but not far off. I actually have a small second job that I use for buying toys too, so that helps.
 
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I can understand getting both Garret. I have the 70-300 VR and love the size, weight and longer range, but I'm also considering the 70-200 VRII for, shallow DOF, low light and ability to take tc's. If Nikon has a rebate program when the D400 comes out I'll probably add the 70-200 ($400 is a big discount).

Congratulations Russ, terrific kit. If the D300s feels too heavy, look at a D90 - same sensor. I don't plan on selling my D90 when I get a new body, I like it's smaller size and lower weight.
 
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What he said. The 70-300 is the holiday zoom with the family. The 70-200 ( and I did get the 1.4x) is my sporting zoom. I've ended up doing a lot of sport, hence my switch to Nikon. Other than the sport the K-7 satisfied me and more, just Nikon's superior tracking focus that lured me over.

Looking at the menus and trying to set up appropriate banks now - dang! I will have questions later - but now it's tennis time!
 
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Russ, nice setup. If you do find the 300S to be too big and heavy (as I did) I would suggest you consider the D7000. You might check out the plethora of threads dedicated to this body on the site. Happy shooting!!
 
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Congrats on a nice kit. The size difference is a little difficult to adjust to.

Beware, one thing that screwed me up is the EV scale. Nikon puts the + to the left and - to the right, just the opposite of Pentax.
 
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Russ, nice setup. If you do find the 300S to be too big and heavy (as I did) I would suggest you consider the D7000. You might check out the plethora of threads dedicated to this body on the site. Happy shooting!!
I read the D7000 v D300s threads on here, and the consensus seemed to be that the D300s was the one to get for shooting sport due to superior focussing ability. So I did. I know the D7000 sensor is awesome, and have many photos from it and the Pentax K-5.

Congrats on a nice kit. The size difference is a little difficult to adjust to.

Beware, one thing that screwed me up is the EV scale. Nikon puts the + to the left and - to the right, just the opposite of Pentax.
I've already changed it back to the proper way, the way I've been taught about -ve and +ve numbers since primary school! Unbelievable that the default way is reversed from that.
 
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Well as I was selling stuff I could splash out a bit more than normal, so 16-85, 70-300 VR, 35/1.8, 70-200 VRII and an SB900. I haven't been able to afford to replace everything I had for the K-7, but not far off. I actually have a small second job that I use for buying toys too, so that helps.

Wow, that is quite the setup to enter the Nikon world with!
 
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Wow, that is quite the setup to enter the Nikon world with!

I know, and I'm a bit embarrassed by it too :redface:, but the fact that I have built up a decent Pentax kit which I am selling, plus my extra job money that I'm allowed to spend on toys means it's possible. I'm still a couple of primes short of equalling my Pentax kit, but I can wait for those.

It's sure heavy with the 70-200 plus TC compared to my K-7 with the Sigma 70-200 and TC though! I may have to use my monopod a bit more this year!
 
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Nice set up - i have one similar. - It took me about 1/5 yrs to build up as needed SHMBO OK

I don't find it that heavy - and i have the extra battery grip on board.

I decided to test teh weight and teh D300/MB-10 + 16-85mm was only just heavier (and i'm talking 10-20gm) more than my Fe2/MD12 with a tokina 28-105 (62mm) which was my walk around fiilm set up.

But when you hold up the 70/200 for a while - i found i felt in teh next day in teh muscles. ( i was shooting a mate on a windsurfer)

dave
 
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The 300+70-200 is certainly heavier than the K-7+ Sigma 70-200. I would carry the latter just hand-held around the sideline for the length of a rugby game, but I'm not so sure about this setup. I do have a monopod though so i'll just take that and see how I go without it first. Yeah the next day is the real telling point!
 
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