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D90 or D300

Veronica Smith , Sep 06, 2008; 02:07 p.m.

So my dad has offered to buy me a new camera body for christmas :) *YAY*

Its between the d300 and d90. I do weddings and portraits for the most part. Right now I have a d40x and love it as my "starter" camera it will be used as a backup primarily when I get the new one.

The d90 is new and the d300 is a year old. They are both 12 megpixels.

Im just wondering what anyone could suggest or offer for advice. I always get great suggestions on this site and im sure someone will be able to help.

Thank you!


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ian murren , Sep 06, 2008; 02:19 p.m.

Do you want to replace your next camera as fast as you replaced your d40x? I would lean towards the d300, but WAIT for official reviews of the d90 first.

Zameen o Aasman , Sep 06, 2008; 02:32 p.m.

If money is no object, and you don't lust for video capabilities of D90, go for D300. It is no "old" technology by any stretch of imagination.

Charles Becker , Sep 06, 2008; 02:34 p.m.

Hi Veronica, I expect to be replacing my aging D70 with the D90 but, as Ian said, will await the release and initial reviews- especially user reviews, before actually buying it. P.S. You seem to have a great dad! cb :-)

mj t , Sep 06, 2008; 02:52 p.m.

I don't see much of a reason to wait for reviews - we know what the D90 is
inheriting from, and I doubt seriously that Nikon goofed on this camera.
There *are* reviews that exist already - although not "technical* reviews,
they are geared to *use* of the camera.

I think what's important for you, Veronica, is to sit down and write out
what features are important to you - don't be thinking about the cameras
as you're making your list - simply list what you really NEED, then list
what would be "nice to have's". Then turn to the specs of the cameras
and check off your list.

While you're mulling on about what to do, why not check out what comes
out of the Photokina show - after all, a lot can happen between now and
Christmas. And while we're waiting for Christmas, you might even consider
the D700 - it will probably come down in price and you can probably find
a store discounting it even further through MS Cashback.

John Williamson , Sep 06, 2008; 03:06 p.m.

Um....Dad is buying the camera. Not the original poster. Telling them to double the cost of the D300 for someone getting FOR them is rather ..... bold, to say the least !

Simon Hickie - Melbourne, Derbyshire, UK , Sep 06, 2008; 03:15 p.m.

My main worry with the D90 is whether the matrix metering is as idiosyncratic as the D80's. That's a good reason to wait for the reviews. Personally I went for the D300 - partially with weddings in mind. I've found the metering to be very reliable so far.

Charles Becker , Sep 06, 2008; 03:19 p.m.

"I don't see much of a reason to wait for reviews" mj t-I referred specifically to user reviews of the camera; they will appear here on Photo.net and dpreview and I consider them invaluable. It's always instructional to learn about the experiences of others-at least it is to me. There is no such thing as the 'perfect' camera so it's interesting to hear about what others have seen as a cameras strong points and weak points (what Popular Photography calls What's Hot and What's Not) and then decide what if anything will affect me. cb (P.S. I refer to people who,like us, actually buy and use the camera, not those who are given the camera to try out and review)

Sam Oksner , Sep 06, 2008; 03:33 p.m.

You might want to consider this as a way to evaluate the feature set of each camera:

1: Does dad have 1600 dollars for a body only (yes/no)

2: Do you own or plan to own ai/ais lenses (yes/no)

3: Do you need weather sealing (yes/no)

4: Do you need 6 fps/ 8 fps with mb-10 (yes/no)

5: Have you ever dropped or plan to drop your camera (yes/no)

6: Do you ever take time lapse photographs (yes/no)

7: Do you take a lot of pictures (shutter life) (yes/no)

8: Do you have a personal dislike for picture modes (yes/no)

9: Do you require quick access to camera functions (yes/no)

10: Do you like your camera to be built like a tank (yes/no)

11: Do you NOT want to take movies with the camera (yes/no) (the wording is strange on this one just to make the counting process logical)

Tally it up.

If you have more then 5 yes' then it's a D300 If you have more then 5 no's then it's a D90 If you feel like it's still too close a call, get a D300 and you'll have no regrets apart from the movie mode that the D90 offers.

*Thanks to Dan Park for directing me in the right direction with his D200 vs. D80 questionnaire on which this questionnaire was based.*

mj t , Sep 06, 2008; 06:05 p.m.

@John Williamson - I know it might be a stretch to go much
further with respect to body (D90/300 vs D700), but like I said,
the price will most likely come down on the D700.

Secondly, Veronica states that she is shooting weddings and portraits,
so my assumption is that she's making money off her work. If she isn't,
then what you're saying makes sense. However, it might be that the work
Veronica is doing might be better served by using a full-frame

The question that is not answered is what lens investment does
Veronica have (?)

Don't get me rwong, the D300 is an awesome camera - I'm
looking outside the box at other options.

So, if we're going to answer the original question - if Veronica does
not need video, I'd say the D300 is the way to go.

For whatever it's worth, Veronica, I shoot weddings with S5 Pro's, D3's,
and D700's (added recently). I've, in the past, shot weddings and portraits
with D200's - the D200's are spot in, so the D300 will work just fine.

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