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Nikon D300s impressions you might have to share
Jeff Stanton, Photographer
Indiana | IN | USA | Posted: 7:50 PM on 02.17.10
->> I will be using a Nikon D300s this weekend for my work. Has anyone used one of these extensively that can offer some insight on what they think, especially compared to the D300? Anything would be helpful. Thank you ahead of time.
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Karsten Moran, Photographer, Photo Editor
New York | NY | United States of America | Posted: 9:11 PM on 02.17.10
->> it's the exact same camera with a second card slot and video built into the liveview function

if you like the d300, you'll be happy with the d300s
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Rob Hardin, Photographer
Galion | OH | USA | Posted: 9:33 PM on 02.17.10
->> +1 to what Karsten said.

I used the D300 from April 2008-January 2010 and loved it. When I got a D300s I sat down and programmed in all the same custom settings. Exact same camera, exact same settings and controls, it just happens to shoot video.
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Jason Myers, Photographer
West Palm Beach | FL | | Posted: 10:01 PM on 02.17.10
->> Have had this camera since last year but haven't really put it through it's paces. I really love my D300 and was skeptical on the new D300s until this past weekend when I used it to shoot a Civil War re-enactment (on my member page). One reason I've been "reluctant" is because Aperture 2 hasn't been able to read d300s NEF files so I've shot primarily JPEG. Now that Aperture 3 is out, I'm going to upgrade and after the past two shoots I've been very happy with the D300s.

I do like the second card slot and took my first videos also this weekend. Overall, while I was reluctant in the beginning I'm sold on it now after dialing it in. I do wish I could import the D2x picture control settings as I did for the D300. That really gave me a look I liked and I've tried my best to manually reproduce it in the D300s.
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James Nix, Photographer
Charlotte | NC | USA | Posted: 11:45 PM on 02.17.10
->> The only issue I have with the D300s is you need the latest and greatest software to read its NEF files. Those of us still using Photoshop CS3 must shoot jpeg or waste time with a DNG converter.

Everything else I love about it.
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Chuck Steenburgh, Photographer
Lexington | VA | USA | Posted: 8:57 PM on 02.18.10
->> Differences (not exhaustive):

- Video. Pretty much same as the D90.
- Live View. MUCH better implemented IMO, with a dedicated button rather than a shooting mode setting. I'm much more confident using Live View on the D300s.
- 7 fps without grip. Doesn't seem like much, but feels (and sounds) significantly faster.
- Dedicated info button. Meh.
- Dual card slots. Handy for the all of the above, but I've found a down side. I use an SD card for video, which I don't often shoot...but if I forget to put a CF in, it can be hard to notice and I'll find myself shooting long motor drive sequences with a slow SD card instead of CF.

Like the D300, a great camera. I only bought one since I had both a D90 and a second D300 which I could trade in for a single body (to go with my other D300). IMO not worth an upgrade on its own unless you really, really need video.
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Jeff Stanton, Photographer
Indiana | IN | USA | Posted: 9:13 PM on 02.18.10
->> So far I can tell some differences between the two cameras. I used the D300s today at a school production under spot and stage lights and not once did the focus search. This is fairly common for the D300 to do so. Or maybe it was my lucky day. Focus acquire seemed to be faster as well.

Also, images at higher ISOs (3200) are cleaner and color is better with the s model at those higher ISOs.

I shot a couple of video clips and the audio seemed to be pretty good considering it was the on-board microphone. The video files are huge. A one minute, 24 second clip at the highest setting was nearly 190MB.

A real good test will come Friday night as I use it in one of the most poorly lit high school gyms I've ever worked in. Stay tuned.
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Jeff Stanton, Photographer
Indiana | IN | USA | Posted: 9:52 PM on 02.21.10
->> After a full weekend of shooting sports under some of the worst lights, I have some impressions of the D300s. The biggest difference I noticed was the performance at high ISOs. Less noise. One gym I shot in I always have to shoot at ISO 5000. The images in this gym I shot with the S body were definitely an improvement over the 300 body.



Other than that and the addition of the HD video feature, it pretty much performed as my D300 does, which in itself is a pretty good camera.
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Michael Sassano, Photographer
Gastonia | nc | usa | Posted: 6:31 AM on 03.11.10
->> I shoot both the D300 and the D700 but have not had any experience with the D300S. You would have to believe a subsequent release will have the proper upgrades however, I will challenge you to consider a D700 as in all low light situations, the quality and focus speed is far superior. You lose the DX factor which is not a bad thing if you have the right lenses. If you are like me, you shoot in a lot of low light settings and will benefit from the full frame camera. A perfect compliment to the D300 for a few buck more. Something to think about.
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Scott Serio, Photo Editor, Photographer
Colora | MD | USA | Posted: 7:02 AM on 03.11.10
->> Well, throw me into the mix here. There are tons of comparisons of the D300 to the D700. I have seen reviews that the D300s is cleaner at higher ISOs. DOes anyone have or have they tested the D300s v the D700 at higher ISOs. Which is better? I have enough of a range of lenses that the DX v FX isn't an issue.
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Jeff Stanton, Photographer
Indiana | IN | USA | Posted: 12:35 PM on 03.11.10
->> I have not used the D700 so I can't say. In my opinion, the D300s is cleaner at higher ISOs than the D300. If I were going to choose between the two, I would buy a used D300 first before I would buy a new D300s. I don't think it's worth the extra money because the benefits don't outweigh the additional expense.

In addition, the indoor seasons for sports around here are pretty much over and we will be going into outdoor sports (track, softball, baseball, etc.) and the D300 with its crop factor comes in handy at these venues.
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Lloyd Smith, Photographer
Poughkeepsie | NY | USA | Posted: 5:00 PM on 03.11.10
->> Jeff, how did the 70-200 2.8 work on the d300s, i recall you having problems with it in the D300, and so i was wondering if the new body worked better?
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Jeff Stanton, Photographer
Indiana | IN | USA | Posted: 8:36 PM on 03.11.10
->> Lloyd, I used an 80-200 2.8 AFS lens on it and it was fine. The lens was serviced and repaired in late Nov. early Dec., I believe. One thing I noticed on the D300s was the lens focusing movement was more subtle, than on the D300. I would wait for some movement and it had already focused. Or maybe I'm just getting old?
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Charlie Quigg, Photographer
Ann Arbor | MI | USA | Posted: 8:58 PM on 03.11.10
->> Lloyd, I don't recall Jeff's problems, but I can say that my personal experience with the D300 and 70-200 2.8 has been great. Highly recommended combination from me.
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Andrew Carpenean, Photographer
Laramie | WY | USA | Posted: 9:35 PM on 03.11.10
->> Has anyone used the "Q" quiet shutter feature? If so how well does it work?
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Jeff Stanton, Photographer
Indiana | IN | USA | Posted: 12:03 AM on 03.12.10
->> Yes, I tried out the quiet shutter feature. It fires the regular way, but instead of the mirror being allowed to retract normally, it sort of feels like their is a shock absorber inside that lowers it easily back down into place. You won't be able to fire off at 8 FPS using it. If you're in a state where they permit cameras in the courtroom, I would say you will still need a blimp to place the camera inside of to further curtail shutter noise.
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Craig Melvin, Photographer
Olean | NY | US | Posted: 11:38 PM on 03.14.10
->> I've used both on a 400 2.8..the D700 has less noise. But, I only use the D300s on 400, 500 or 600 mm lenses. I don't like it on short glass.
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Chuck Steenburgh, Photographer
Lexington | VA | USA | Posted: 5:50 AM on 03.15.10
->> No problems with the 70-200 (1st ver) with either the D300 or D300s for me.
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