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What to buy D300s or D700?

Discussion in 'Nikon DX DSLR Forum' started by juniormc8704, Aug 12, 2009.

  1. juniormc8704


    May 14, 2009
    Detroit, MI
    I had my camper broken into this past weekend and the jerks stole the one thing in there i actually cared about.

    My Camera rig.

    My old setup was a D300, 70-200 2.8, sb-800 flash, mb-d10 grip.

    Insurance is covering it, total replacement.

    however, i can upgrade is i choose, but money is extremely tight, and want to make the best decision.

    I really love the 70-200 and feel its a no brainer, but want to hear some others opinions.

    In a perfect world, i would get the d700 and the 70-200...replacing the rest later.

    However, what do you think is the best choice.

    D700 and MAYBE the lens


    D300s and for sure the lens

    I really like the idea of the FX sensor, as i hate the whole crop factor non sense, as i shoot a lot of macro, and would like to have a my 105 be a 105...
  2. jonh68


    Sep 21, 2008
    If macro is your choice of style, GET the D700. The ISO performance will let you play around with your aperture and ss settings much more than the D300. We can't say for certain how much better the D300s will be over the D300.

    If money were an object and you needed a 70-200 zoom, I would get the D700 and the nikon 80-200 2.8 or Sigma 70-200 2.8.
  3. To me that's a no brainer, D700.
  4. I agree, the D700 is a no brainer, go for it.
  5. NateS


    Oct 11, 2007
    D700 and 80-200 f2.8. If it was me, I wouldn't even consider anything else. Plus the better iso performance of the D700 would let you get a higher shutter speed to counter the "no-vr" of the 80-200.
  6. D700, but will you have enough reach with the 70-200 for your application?
  7. juniormc8704


    May 14, 2009
    Detroit, MI
    so all of you feel the 80-200 2.8, other than the VR is just as good as the 70-200?

    im also really getting into studio/portrait photography, so it would be nice to not have to be a mile away with my 105.
  8. jonh68


    Sep 21, 2008
    I had use of a 80-200 and found the IQ to be as good as the 70-200. Unless you shoot sports and need the AFS or shoot events in low light for the VR, the 80-200 will be a great lens for you.

    For studio work, the 80-200 would be great.
  9. Not the answer you want:

    As a former D300 owner / current D700 owner I would say if it weren't for available light indoor event shooting I would still have a D300.
    If I needed to replace my current set up I would go DX for the sake of the lenses alone... I loved the 10.5 and 17-55... and deal with the the stop or two less ISO perfomance.
    Looking back and my event pictures I did just as good with the D300.

    And for macro... why would you want the smaller depth of field of FX?

    I realize that by posting this in the D700 forum and stating at the outset that you hate the crop factor "non-sense" you really are just looking for confirmation...

    But really think this through and don't just assume that FX is the way to go. It just may not be right for you.
  10. juniormc8704


    May 14, 2009
    Detroit, MI
    the other thing i i hate about th D300 is the tiny viewfinder.

    Do you like the larger one D700? can you really tell a big difference?

    i guess i should go and hold a D700...
  11. jonh68


    Sep 21, 2008
    I like the viewfinder of the D700 over the D300 and can tell a difference.
  12. Yes, I think that would be wise before making up your mind one way or the other.

    As for the view finders: I don't really like the 95% view of the D700 and the physical size (much larger) comes with a weight penalty. Yes I can tell a difference... but it is not necessarily in favor of the D700.

    4.5 oz may not seem like much but when you add the extra weight of FX glass (24-70 vs 17-55) it makes enough of a difference that my right hand aches after carrying the D700 for a while. Perhaps it is the way the Camdaptor strap torques my hand... but I never had that problem with the D300.
  13. juniormc8704


    May 14, 2009
    Detroit, MI
    Weight doesnt concern me too much, im a pretty big guy. I am used to lugging around the 105 vr, and that thing is a cinder block =)

    Ive just always struggled focusing with the viewfinder on the D300. Doing macro work, most of the times hand held, it makes for some monster head aches after an hour or two.
  14. I can't imagine that the narrow depth of field with FX would help in that regard. Perhaps I'm mistaken though.
  15. juniormc8704


    May 14, 2009
    Detroit, MI
    i was talking about the larger viewfinder. If i am using a tripod i use live view, magnified, but hand held its too shaky IMO....larger viewfinder would make it a whole lot easier to focus manually.
  16. definately the D700 and 80-200 2.8, i wouldnt consider anything else. The D700 has such a better quality and the viewfinder for you is definately bigger then the d300. Then the 80-200 will be much better for macro work if thats what youll be doing most.
  17. SP77


    Jun 4, 2007
    Rockville, MD
    Since you've got a chance to start over and hate the crop factor, just go for the D700. I would. Find a used 80-200 f/2.8D in place of the 70-200VR. I over-bought on my 70-200VR and could probably get by with the 80-200 just fine for the most part. No way I'm selling it though, because I'll never be able to afford it again - lol! :eek: 
  18. The D700 is the better all-around camera. The only reason I have the D300 is for the higher pixel density for my telephoto shooting. But for everything else the D3/D700 is my go to bodies.
  19. Flynn


    Jun 28, 2009
    Livermore, CA
    Just went from DX to FX here and could not be happier. If you can find a good deal the price difference is not that much. I also debated purchasing the 70-200 2.8 at the same time, but after I received the D700 yesterday, I realized just how heavy (and long0 that combo would be so I went with the 105vr/180 2.8 combo.
  20. A.O.M.E.


    Feb 1, 2009
    The D300 has what is maybe the biggest viewfinder of any APS-C DSLR. I think it's huge for DX. The D700's isn't way way way bigger.
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