OK, I finally got my partner to dig out her P&S.
Here are a couple of pics of my new stuff, so far.
I had a little back-focusing with the Tamron lens, but it was easily corrected with the D300's AF fine tune function.
I'm still getting used to the camera, but I have to say it's really comfortable and intuitive to use. My only issue with it so far, is that I would like the â€œassignableâ€ button to be more versatile, but other than that, I have to say this camera does everything I want.
I set up the SB600's as remote flashes last night and gave them a whirl and I was really impressed with how easy everything was to configure how I wanted. This camera has obviously been very well thought through.
One problem I'm getting so far though, is that, using the Camera's built-in flash (as commander for the remote flashes) leaves a big shadow at the bottom centre of every image, due to the length of the Tamron lens. Even when I take the lens hood off I get the shadow. I understand you can buy a UV filter for the D300's flash though, which only lets UV light through, so that the remote flashes will fire, but the built-in flash will produce no visible light in a shot, so I'm going to look into getting one of those, unless anybody else can make any suggestions as to how I can configure the built-in flash to act as "commander" for the remotes, but not add any light to a shot?
Overall I'm impressed with the camera. It feels really natural to use, to the point that I stop thinking about it completely, which is, I think, a good thing. It's just so easy and comfortable to use, it's simply a joy. It just does the job.
Anyway, all that's left now is for me to improve and to try to develop some skills that come close to being worthy of the tool I'm using
I'll post some pictures later