The Nikon D300s – My Faithful New Shooting Companion

As many who know me know, I have been slobbering over the idea of the Nikon D300 for a very long time; the incessant drool was quite comical – I am sure. Well, when I barely missed getting a used (meticulously cared for) D300 for just $750 I couldn’t stand the loss. It was then that my droolish desire became an obsession!!!

As a result, I used my considerable search skills to hunt and hunt and hunt for bargains while becoming intimately familiar with all of the upsides and downsides of the D300. Well, it didn’t take long before I realized that I could no longer get the D300 new and used versions were simply not a good enough bargain (which further increased my disappointment at my previous loss)… only the newer D300s.

It took some getting used to – that I would have to buy a product that was so new there were practically ZERO price drops anywhere (bare minimums in many cases). I even got close to buying the extremely nice D90… I just couldn’t get past the build quality and the other sweet differences that made the D300s a glory to behold (51 AF points, 7 frames/sec continuous shooting, magnesium-alloy body with “some” weather sealing, dual card slots…)

Anyway, I finally grew too restless and yesterday I came across a sweet deal for a newly opened Demo at Futureshop (I know, I know, I am not a huge fan either) which they were willing to give me for what amounted to $267 off MSRP (or in this case $100 off a matched sale price) and it has all of the warranties intact just as though it came out of the box. That was it… I let the whole idea settle over night and leapt for the deal today….which leads me to the specs for my new beauty, the D300s  😀

  • 13.1 megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor (effective pixels: 12.3 million)
  • New 720p HD movie mode records video at 1280 x 720 (24 fps) for up to 5 minutes
  • 3.0? LCD monitor (920,000 pixels)
  • Dust reduction system
  • 51 AF points with 3D tracking (faster and more accurate)
  • IS0 200-3200 range (6400 expanded)
  • 7 frames per second continuous shooting (buffer: 17 RAW, 44 JPEG fine, 100 JPEG Normal)
  • Same EN-EL3e battery as D300 (950 shots per charge )
  • 72 thumbnail view in playback
  • Supports all Nikkor F-Mount lenses
  • Sturdy magnesium alloy body with some weather-sealing; shutter rated at 150,000 cycles
  • Live view supported (now with dedicated button)
  • Contrast and phase detection AF modes
  • Face detection available
  • Optical viewfinder has 100% coverage and magnification of 0.94X
  • Full manual controls
  • ISO range of 100 – 6400 (when fully expanded)
  • Shutter speed range of 30 – 1/8000 sec (there’s a bulb mode too)
  • RAW and TIFF formats supported
  • Quiet Shutter Release feature reduces sound of mirror action
  • User now has the ability to bracket for Active D-Lighting, which restores shadow and highlight detail
  • Hot shoe and flash sync port plus the ability to control up to 2 sets of wireless flashes
  • Stereo microphone input and HDMI port
  • Dual memory card slots: CompactFlash and SD/SDHC, with backup and overflow features
  • Optional battery grip gives you even greater battery life and faster continuous shooting (8 fps)

I suppose it is needless to say but I am a very very happy photographer… I feel renewed and look forward to getting out and shooting again like a man possessed. See you out there!

PS. thanks to www.d300s.com for the excellent photos and the specs. Great site!