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Better Buy D300 Or 40D

Fri Feb 22, 2008 6:07 am

I'm looking at a new camra nikon D300 or the canon 40D by the way my old camra is a nikon 35mm eny help is welcone.
 
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RE: Better Buy D300 Or 40D

Fri Feb 22, 2008 6:15 am

Even though I am a Canon shooter and have a fantastic 40D, reviews are saying the D300 is a better body (better AF, better ISO, resolution) . I feel that Canon has a better lens selection however, which is why I stick with Canon. You will have to invest in decent lenses to get the most out of a good camera body. Good luck with your choice, you can't go wrong with either.
-Matt
 
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RE: Better Buy D300 Or 40D

Fri Feb 22, 2008 6:26 am

I bought the D3 and D300 last fall. All I can say is that the D300 is darn near the same camera - same autofocus module, same image processor, upgraded (from the D200) to a CMOS sensor. All you lose is the battery power and frame rate of the D3, but you can achieve both of those by adding the battery grip. Of course you don't get a full frame sensor like the D3, but that might not be a bad thing in aviation photography.

One thing I love about it is the autofocus - it is fast. Best I can tell, it is as fast as the D3 and tracks really well (can't wait to test that theory at an airshow). You can't go wrong with a D300, but Matt said it best:

Quoting WakeTurbulence (Reply 1):
Good luck with your choice, you can't go wrong with either.

If you already have decent Nikon lenses you might as well just stick with Nikon.

B
 
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RE: Better Buy D300 Or 40D

Fri Feb 22, 2008 6:35 am



Quoting CalgaryBill (Reply 2):
One thing I love about it is the autofocus - it is fast. Best I can tell, it is as fast as the D3 and tracks really well (can't wait to test that theory at an airshow). You can't go wrong with a D300, but Matt said it best:

The D300 is bar none the best camera I have ever owned. The one thing that I dislike about it, and this is very, very, small thing: that is, the .nef files are not compatible with CS2, so I have to process them using Nikon's rather shabby Capture NX software, then export them as a .tiff. If you use CS3, you probably wont have this problem.
 
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RE: Better Buy D300 Or 40D

Fri Feb 22, 2008 10:30 am



Quoting WakeTurbulence (Reply 1):
reviews are saying the D300 is a better body (better AF, better ISO, resolution) . I feel that Canon has a better lens selection however

I have to agree with this statement. From what I've heard Nikon have pulled a trump card from up their sleeve with the D300. Although the 40D is supposedly Canon's equivalent offering I believe the D300 is probably closer to the 5D quality-wise. As for lenses, I too reckon Canon have the edge there - just remember, the quality of the glass is perhaps more important than the body.

Either way, you have a tough decision there, but one which will work out great whichever way you go!

Karl
 
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RE: Better Buy D300 Or 40D

Fri Feb 22, 2008 10:35 am

I'd go for the system your buddies are using. That way you can swap lenses, change batteries when it dies etc etc

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RE: Better Buy D300 Or 40D

Fri Feb 22, 2008 3:05 pm



Quoting TimdeGroot (Reply 5):
I'd go for the system your buddies are using

that's always a good idea, especially if you're just starting out.
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RE: Better Buy D300 Or 40D

Fri Feb 22, 2008 4:48 pm

Have you got any Nikon lenses that you plan to keep/use? If so, then Nikon obviously has an edge. Otherwise, give Canon a fair shake. The Nikon guys that I know have historically complained about Nikkor glass being overly expensive and hard to find (out of stock). Sigma lenses are also a good consideration (for either brand).
Canon junkie - Aviation Nut
 
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RE: Better Buy D300 Or 40D

Fri Feb 22, 2008 5:42 pm

The D300 will work with older lens so that's a plus for you. Changing to a new brand/system will could be costly (unlikely for CalgaryBill Big grin , eh? ).

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RE: Better Buy D300 Or 40D

Fri Feb 22, 2008 9:58 pm



Quoting TimdeGroot (Reply 5):
I'd go for the system your buddies are using. That way you can swap lenses

Hell yeah! I "borrow" Royal's lenses all the time.
 
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RE: Better Buy D300 Or 40D

Sat Feb 23, 2008 12:23 am



Quoting TimdeGroot (Reply 5):
I'd go for the system your buddies are using

Odd that I haven't heard this advice before, as it's the best I've heard! Big grin

So, let me end this reply with a  checkmark 
 
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RE: Better Buy D300 Or 40D

Sat Feb 23, 2008 12:26 am



Quoting Philhyde (Reply 7):
Have you got any Nikon lenses that you plan to keep/use? If so, then Nikon obviously has an edge. Otherwise, give Canon a fair shake. The Nikon guys that I know have historically complained about Nikkor glass being overly expensive and hard to find (out of stock). Sigma lenses are also a good consideration (for either brand).

I'll agree with that. Nikkor lenses (the good ones) are very expensive. It's the reason I haven't purchased a VR lens. The price is too steep.
 
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RE: Better Buy D300 Or 40D

Sat Feb 23, 2008 6:12 am

thanks for the posts!
 
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RE: Better Buy D300 Or 40D

Sat Feb 23, 2008 6:45 am



Quoting Powercube (Reply 3):
The one thing that I dislike about it, and this is very, very, small thing: that is, the .nef files are not compatible with CS2, so I have to process them using Nikon's rather shabby Capture NX software, then export them as a .tiff.

Or you can download Adobe's DNG converter for free. It can convert batches of D300 (and D3) NEF's to DNG, which you can open in CS2, and they retain the quality of your original RAW files.

The newest version of Lightroom can also open the new NEF files and it's a fantastic app for processing large batches of images.

Quoting Powercube (Reply 3):
If you use CS3, you probably wont have this problem.

Correct. As long as you update ACR to 4.3 (I think is the version) it will open both D3 and D300 NEF's.

Quoting Codeshare (Reply 8):
Changing to a new brand/system will could be costly (unlikely for CalgaryBill Big grin , eh? ).

Hey, it's just as expensive for me! As my grandpa loves to say, I have "more money than brains, and not much money."  Wow!

B
 
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RE: Better Buy D300 Or 40D

Sat Feb 23, 2008 7:45 am



Quoting CalgaryBill (Reply 13):
Or you can download Adobe's DNG converter for free. It can convert batches of D300 (and D3) NEF's to DNG, which you can open in CS2, and they retain the quality of your original RAW files.

Thank you, you have saved my day- and were I in YYC I would offer you cookies! I had heard of a download, but I thought it was a myth!
 
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RE: Better Buy D300 Or 40D

Sat Feb 23, 2008 2:13 pm

I have upgraded from a 300D to a 40D last September (which was quite a big step...). I can´t tell you much about the D300 so I just give you my view/ opinion about the 40D.

I like the personal presets pretty much as it allows for some nice and usable settings. You can switch between these setting quite fast I´d say.
The bigger display is also a win if you wanna make a first judgement on your picture. The sharpness is still not the best though...
Also, the self- cleaning sensor is a feature I like as sensor cleaning can be very annoying sometimes.
A disadvantage is the higher noise level when compared to Nikon camreas. But thats old news.

All in all the 40D has some nice feautures and the overall impression is great.

Concerning the lenses... already been said I guess. In the end it´s a question of personal preference and a question of faith for some guys. Just have a look at the features and technical data of each camera and choose what fits you best.

Johannes

[Edited 2008-02-23 06:18:53]
 
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RE: Better Buy D300 Or 40D

Sat Feb 23, 2008 3:14 pm



Quoting Powercube (Reply 14):
Thank you, you have saved my day- and were I in YYC I would offer you cookies! I had heard of a download, but I thought it was a myth!

Hey, if they have chocolate in them I'm in! Let me know next time you're in Calgary and we can get out shooting...

Here's the DNG converter link:
http://www.adobe.com/products/dng/

B
 
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RE: Better Buy D300 Or 40D

Sat Feb 23, 2008 4:21 pm

The D300 is an excellent camera. It's not really in the same class as the 40D, it outstrips it in every way. You would expect it to since it costs about $800 more! When you think about it, it's really a replacement for the venerable D2X, in that its feature set is similar to that old beast, but with some cost cutting, like a separate vertical grip. I have not heard a single bad word about the D300 and if I shot Nikon, it would be my tool of choice.
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