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post #11 of 48
Honestly if you have a 40D right now I would wait and go full on. There won't be a huge difference between your bodies and other mid range bodies right now. Go for the D700 replacement or the 5D Mark 2. Or just buy a 70-200 2.8L.
post #12 of 48
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Well, sure -- but it's unfair to directly compare those 2 cameras, as they exist on entirely different levels of both price and performance.
Not necessarily. The D7000 has newer tech and better features, whereas the D700 has better IQ because of its full frame sensor, so it becomes a question of tech or sensor?

The same question gets asked on POTN everyday as well: 7D or 5D Mk II?
post #13 of 48
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LOL Thanks for the feedback so far...I know its hard to make suggestions without knowing every friggin detail.

My current Nikon lenses are:
50 1.4
85 1.8
18-105 3.5-5.6

I'm looking to spend no more than $1600 for body only which kinda puts the 700D out of the picture. So it would be between the D300s and the D7000. I'm trying to justify the extra dough for the D300s as it's just a hair over my budget but close enough. The D7000 offering is making this decision very difficult.

I've held both in my hand and the D300s "feels better" and the D7000 is a hair too small for my hand. I owned an F80 and it felt very similar in size to the D7000 and I was never completely comfortable. But for the difference in price, ugh.

There are a ton of features that I like about the D300s over the D7000. The biggest feature (but not the most important) I want is 1080 video which the D7000 has and the D300s lacks.
    
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post #14 of 48
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I've held both in my hand and the D300s "feels better" and the D7000 is a hair too small for my hand. I owned an F80 and it felt very similar in size to the D7000 and I was never completely comfortable. But for the difference in price, ugh.
Keep that bolded part in mind. The more you hate to hold it, the less you'll want to shoot with it, and it'll always be another tiny little cloud in the back of your mind. It's what put me into a 50D rather than a 60D, and I would never look back on it. Sure, I don't get the video or newer sensor, but I get better feel, decent weather sealing... a lot of little things add up.
post #15 of 48
don't get the d300s, get the d7000. in terms of ease of use and pure performance it's much better. the d300s is better built, but iq-wise the d7000 is really a better camera.
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post #16 of 48
If there's "a ton" of features you like in the D300s over the D7000, and only one in the D7000 that you say isn't the most important, then I'd definitely go with the D300s then.

And if you don't feel comfortable using the D7000, then a big plus to the D300s. For me, ergonomics makes a huge impact on photography. If the camera is uncomfortable, it's harder for me to shoot and I get less keepers. On the extreme end, I know one or two people who lost motivation to shoot because they found their cameras too uncomfortable to use.
post #17 of 48
You should be able to get a d300s well under 1600 dollars, and yeah I agree with r31ncarnat3d, I feel ergonomics should be of a greater concern because if you think about it, even a cheap d3000 could take great pictures it all really depends on the photographer. You wouldn't be losing out TOO much on the 720v1080 video, unless your planning on putting it on a full HD tv where the 1080 will take the edge, but 720 is still really good and again its you who will make the movie shine not the camera. The d7000 does have more modern technology and a few bells and whistles that make it much more attractive than the more expensive d300s, but really if I were you I would go for the d300s if you feel more comfortable holding it. You can get it for like $250 more than the d7000 off of BH, which is still $150 under your budget
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So I've been doing a lot of research and the D300s really does fit what I am looking for...

BUT...

According to several sources the D400 should be out in April!

Man cameras are like computers...wait wait wait you end up never buying anything!
    
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So I've been doing a lot of research and the D300s really does fit what I am looking for...

BUT...

According to several sources the D400 should be out in April!

Man cameras are like computers...wait wait wait you end up never buying anything!
So does this mean you'll pick up a D300s at a lower price when the D400 is released? You're saying the d300s is a bit out of your price range. With Nikon's recent pricing history, the D400 ain't gonna be cheap.
    
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i mean really if u want 1 camera that also shoots video D7000 is nice but i think canon's video is ahead on technology
you could not be any more wrong with that statement... coming from someone that has tested video on every dslr except for the d7000 i can tell you right now that nikon and canon are pretty evenly matched quality wise. canon is slightly better considering that they know how to work with video professionally whereas nikon doesnt. the d3s blows every dslr out of the water with its video because of the way that nikon handles noise differently than canon, for nikon the noise is more natural and for canon the noise shows up as color and is less natural looking. under low ISO canon wins with the 7d, 5d, and the 1dmkIV

the d7000 is a really solid camera, my friend just got one and he loves it, he upgraded from a d90 i think. also the d300 is a great camera but i admit i dont know much about nikons.
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