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Wouter Willemse , Jan 25, 2010; 02:14 p.m.

Geoff, maybe a total different suggestion... An Olympus E3? Build and speed are A OK, certainly comparable to the D300/D200, for wildlife/sports the extra cropfactor of 4/3rds isn't a bad thing, and you already have Olympus gear.

Unless you really want to switch to Nikon.

Bryan Lardizabal , Jan 25, 2010; 02:57 p.m.

IMO, old technology is still good when it comes to any DSLR produced after 2007. I still use a Canon 30D, and have mostly bought better lenses to produce higher quality photos. Go for the $500 D200

David Haas , Jan 25, 2010; 04:27 p.m.

Here's a thought - get the D200 for $500.00 and then get the Sigma 70-200 f2.8 zoom for under $800.00 - I use both the Sigma and the Nikon 70-200 and personally I prefer the Sigma - it is a little lighter than the Nikon, and the zoom is backwards, but to my hands - it's a better fit.

Funny thing is that my wife who shots with me all the time - loves the Nikon and won't touch the sigma.


M. Hayward , Jan 25, 2010; 04:31 p.m.

Even with digital, lenses are a better investment. The difference between D200 an D300 image quality is smaller than the difference between a cheap consumer-grade lens and a nice pro one. The D300 and a 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 AF-S VR would cost $2,400. I would rather buy the D200 @ $500 plus the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 AF-S VR for a total of $2,300.

The D300 will be available to you next year of the year after for $500. (Sometime after the D400 comes out.)

The only reason I would choose the D300 would be if you know you will absolutely need the extra stop or two of ISO, in which case, I might skip straight to the D700. (Which is what I did...)

William Ragan , Jan 25, 2010; 09:04 p.m.

I've too owned both the D200 and the D300s cameras. The D200 is a respectable camera, even today. My opinion of the D300s is very high, though, and I would recommend it over the D200 if you are using it for professional purposes. The built in video feature is especially nice on the D300s, as is being able to use two cards at once.

Robert DeLaurentis , Jan 25, 2010; 10:47 p.m.

I agree with the D200 choice you've made. I have a D300, and its great. But I've learned over the last two years that its the lenses far more than the body. Besides there is a freedom in not sinking an entire budget in a camera body. Look, the D300 is better than a D200, but as others have already said, the differences are less than the difference between a fast lens and a budget one. If I knew then what I know now - and mind you I still adore my D300, I'd grab that D200, a fast wideish prime like a 20mm 2.8, and some brackets that let you mount the camera on a bike for some amazing unique images. The D200 will work in snow and rugged environments very well. Use your budget for some used Nikon lenses. At some point, you'll be ready for a new body, and at that point, with the experience gained on the first 500 you've spent, you'll make a much more informed decision.

Geoff Jansen , Jan 26, 2010; 12:32 a.m.

Ok, Thanks Guys.. now for the lenses do you have any good ideas one some lenses that would be good? i was looking at the sigma 70-200 f2.8 but have read some bad reviews on it... what do you think?
and do you guys know of any online used camera sites perferably in canada?

Dejan Smaic , Jan 26, 2010; 01:17 a.m.

I own the D200, D300 & D700.
D200: poor battery performance, poor ISO performance >400, good images with fast glass. Good for landscape with tripod, so so for sports...need good lighting, fast glass & monopod
D300: great battery performance (>1100 shots RAW per charge w/o grip), very good ISO upto 800, even 1600 is ok. Good for sports, great for landscape w/tripod
D700: just great

RIK IMAGE , Jan 26, 2010; 05:05 a.m.

Hi Geoff.
Great choice considering your budget mentioned earlier.
Personally I shoot a D3 with a Nikon 80-200 2.8 VR and a D200 in my bag as backup. This Nikon 80-200, as with most Nikon lenses, is an outstanding performer on both bodies in my opinion.
Get the great glass over a compromise any day I say... you won't regret it I assure you.

Robert Johnston , Jan 26, 2010; 04:10 p.m.

Do a search on eBay for Cameta Camera, a camera store in upstate NY. They use eBay to increase the business they do in the store. They are a Nikon Dealer so all have a US Nikon guarantee, have good business practices, and also sell used cameras with ratings you can depend on. Once when I ordered a battery pack they advertised, they apologized as it was out of stock, due to being sold in the store. Waited for one to come in, and they gave me a better than advertised price for waiting.
From time to time they run an auction on various cameras. You can do a search for D300 that have been sold, to find out the lowest price. Then, bid no higher. You may lose some to other bidders. But, if you are patient, and wait until one is offered that no one notices, you can get a really good deal.
If you get involved in a bidding war, stop bidding. Personally I do not bid on anything until less than five minutes before it closes. Then use a "snipe" program to enter a bid higher than the latest, and get it for less then the top price Im willing to pay. Saved over $700 on my D200 and used some for a 70-300 VR from them. It took me 3 months to get the price that I wanted. The wait was well worth it.

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