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For indoor action (cheerleading) fairly good light on the floor (ISO 1600):

D300 and 80-200 AF-D (in a pinch have 50/85 f/1.8)

-OR-

D90 and 70-200 AF-S (still have 50/85 f/1.8)

I currently have a D50 and 80-200...looking to upgrade.
 
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IQ should be the same, however with the 70-200 you get VR so that should help if you are handholding. D300 is a more rugged body and has more customization features as well as dedicated buttons. both should serve you well but it depends on how you intend to use the camera.
 
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Besides the lowlight capability, for your needs I think you should factor in the D300's higher fps, 6fps to 4.5fps for the D90, and I believe it's an even greater difference if you use battery grips on both.
 
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I do this type of shooting with the D300 and 80-200 f2.8. I set auto ISO to min shutter speed at 320 and max ISO to 1600 and it works great. Also shoot A priority wide open.
 
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Thanks for the replies. I am glad to hear about the D300 and 80-200. I really like my 80-200 so I think I will go with the D300.

Thanks again to all.
 
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I think your choice of the D300 with your 80-200 AF-D is probably the best one if you are happy with your 80-200. The D300 is just more professional in its build and general capabilities. The pair will give you great images.

If it were me though, I'd be tempted to upgrade to the 70-200VR and use it on the D50 until I could buy a D300 later. The D50 has almost 1 stop better high ISO than the D200 and the D300/D90 are about the same. Maybe a half stop better, but not enough to justify the cost to upgrade for that reason only. At ISO 1600 the D50 is nearly as good as the D300/D90 in image quality so it isn't a big upgrade. You do get 12Mp with either the D300 or D90, so if you need the pixels or plan on enlargements bigger than 8x10, that may be a big factor for you.

I have the 80-200 AF-D and I was very happy with it, but just got a deal on a nice used 80-200 AF-S, so I picked it up. Both are great for excellent image capture, but the difference in focus speed between the two is significant. On my D200 and D3 the AF-D 'twists' into focus while the AF-S slides into focus silently. After using the AF-D for quite a while it was almost unnerving to use the AF-S. I questioned whether it was working, it was so much quieter and faster. The 70-200VR is even better than the 80-200 AF-S. When the new 70-200VR is released, I plan to sell both 80-200 lenses and upgrade.
 
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73Z1,

This option has been suggested to me before. The extra pixels would be nice when it comes to cropping but that is not at the top of my list. I am not unhappy with my D50 (with the exception of the viewfinder). I guess the question for me is: does AF-S and CAM900 trump CAM3500 and AF-D. In the end getting the shot is the important thing.

I guess I need to do more research.

Thanks for the response.
 
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73Z1,

This option has been suggested to me before. The extra pixels would be nice when it comes to cropping but that is not at the top of my list. I am not unhappy with my D50 (with the exception of the viewfinder). I guess the question for me is: does AF-S and CAM900 trump CAM3500 and AF-D. In the end getting the shot is the important thing.

I guess I need to do more research.

Thanks for the response.
Congratulations on choosing to get the D300. I think you made the right decision and I think that I was in error suggesting differently. As you note, the CAM3500 and AF-D probably do trump AF-S and CAM900. With the better Autofocus system, the D300 most likely beats the D50 with any lens. Not to mention all the other areas where the D300 is better. Just don't pick up a 70-200 AF-S and put it on your D300 or AF-S zoom-lens lust will haunt you.
 
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