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D7000 vs. D300s vs. waiting for "D400"

Harry Zweier , Aug 03, 2011; 09:50 p.m.

I'd like some opinions on this: I have a D200 and I love it. Obviously I'm a bit behind with the lower noise and video of the D300s. I know the autofocus was upgraded, too. But now comes the D7000. In a sense, it's a downgrade from the D200/D300 class but then again it benefits from newer technology. I have a feeling I might be disappointed in the handling of a D7000 in particular. So what I really want is a D400--who knows if and when that will be forthcoming. Not to mention it will cost probably $400 more than a D7000 or a, by then, closeout D300s. Money's tight too. What to do? All opinions welcome.


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Matt Laur , Aug 03, 2011; 10:02 p.m.

What do you photograph, under what circumstances, and with which lens(es)?

Harry Zweier , Aug 03, 2011; 10:13 p.m.

I do a lot of nature photographs, macro, some portraits from time to time. A little light event stuff. I like historical sites and events, regional travel. I use a Nikkor 16-85 VR, the 12-24 Tokina and 100 macro Tokina and the Nikkor 50 mm 1.8 D. That's the bulk of my activity.

Richard Snow , Aug 03, 2011; 10:14 p.m.

Currently there are plenty of D7000s on the market and my local shop also has 2 D300S on their shelves, so it seems that their supply is also good.

If I were in the market TODAY, I'm afraid I'd have to wait until Nikon's press conferences at the end of the month before deciding to purchase anything...just to make sure I know what's coming and to grab possibly grab a "closeout D300S" if the D400 is, in fact, announced.

If, for some reason there's no D400 announcement, then I would re-visit the D7000 vs. D300S question.

(BTW, if you've followed some of the recent threads you'd know that I think the D4 & D400 are the forthcoming announcement with the D800 announcement coming in February 2011...but I could be wrong).


Kenneth Cortland , Aug 03, 2011; 10:25 p.m.

I'm in the same boat. I have a D90, and want a higher-end DX camera for my primary body since I'm beginning to get some paid gigs. I don't want to get a D7000 (at least not to be my top camera) because I want the D300s specs (faster frames per second, 51 focus points, etc.). I don't really care about video in a dSLR at this point and 1080 video isn't important. The primary thing for me would be the follow-on product's ISO performance. So I'll get a D300s if something isn't announced this month. Even if a new camera is announced, chances are the D300s body-only price will be very attractive in the same way the D90 body-only price was very attractive to those thinking about a D7000 this past summer. To your point, there may be brand new D300s bodies for around $1300.

An available D300s for $1300 versus a heavily backordered "D400", "D9000", or whatever it will be called for $1900...I think I'll go with the older camera body.

Eric Arnold , Aug 03, 2011; 10:32 p.m.

if you can't wait until aug 25th... consider that a d400 will almost certainly result in a price drop on the d300s, which is a damn good camera up to 1600 ISO. if you like the d200's handling i would at least get the same size body. look at it this way, with a d300s you'd only be .5 generations behind, rather than 2. unless you shoot a lot of stuff which requires high-ISO, or want to print larger/crop more, a d300s is still an extremely capable camera...i know mine still has a lot of frames left in it. personally, i'd rather have a closeout d700, but YMMV.

Shun Cheung , Aug 03, 2011; 10:37 p.m.

I have a feeling I might be disappointed in the handling of a D7000 in particular.

You certainly might, and there is only one way to find out: handle a D7000 yourself and then decide whether you like it or not. The D7000 is now widely avaiable, even at many Costco stores. It should not be that hard to find one and try out.

I have said this many times already. I don't have a D300S; nowadays, I prefer to use my D7000 over my D300 mainly due to the better high-ISO capability, and the extra pixels doesn't hurt either. The D7000 is more demanding on good lenses, though.

I have no idea when this so called "D400" will be announced (or whether it is even called the D400). I would imagine that the product cycle for the D300S should be approaching its end. For whatever it is worth, a year ago

So if you can wait a bit, it probably makes sense to wait another month or two.

Dan South , Aug 04, 2011; 01:14 a.m.

what I really want is a D400

How do you know? I doubt that you've seen the specs.

Matthew Brennan , Aug 04, 2011; 03:16 a.m.

I have a feeling I might be disappointed in the handling of a D7000 in particular.

Having tried a friend's D7000 for a short afternoon's shoot I'd very very surprised if you were disappointed in the physical handling of the D7000. It's as intuitive and well balanced with those DX lenses as any Nikon I've used before. Take your lens bag into a store and try a D7000 out for yourself.

Needless to say the D200 is significantly out gunned in the image performance dept by the D7000 and D300s and most likely by the cheaper entry level DX bodies too. From an IQ viewpoint the D7000 is only an upgrade from the D200 IMHO.

If you are being limited by the D200 right now then right now is the time to move on. If you are truly perfectly happy with the D200 then by all means wait for Nikon-lotto to unravel itself.

Phil Burt , Aug 04, 2011; 06:17 a.m.

When you state " The D7000 is more demanding on good lenses, though." can you elaborate? I don't know exactly what you mean by this.
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