cheaper camera as backup to my d7100

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Giff, Apr 14, 2014.

  1. Giff

    nick c Guest

    On 4/14/2014 6:41 PM, Tony Cooper wrote:
    > On Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:17:55 -0700, Savageduck
    > <savageduck1@{REMOVESPAM}me.com> wrote:
    >
    >> On 2014-04-14 20:58:46 +0000, Giff <> said:
    >>
    >>> On 14/04/2014 22:34, Savageduck wrote:
    >>>
    >>>> Rockwell can be an ass, and many times wrong.
    >>>
    >>> Interesting. I have just started googling websites talking about
    >>> cameras so I don't have my own opinion yet.
    >>>
    >>> How about this website which offers basic comparisons basically between
    >>> all models?
    >>>
    >>> http://snapsort.com/compare/Nikon_D300-vs-Nikon_D90

    >>
    >> I see that comparison was dated 2010, and there seems to be a high
    >> degree of misinformation written there.
    >>
    >>>> The D90 is a very good
    >>>> camera for 2007, but the D300/D300S is far superior in many ways and
    >>>> should be available used at reasonable prices.
    >>>
    >>> Yes, I see that it's better sealed, can autofocus faster, and has a
    >>> sturdier body. Right now I can't find for less than $500 though (and
    >>> for $450 I could get a D7000 instead, which is more similar to my D7100
    >>> and could therefore also swap batteries between the two), while the D90
    >>> would cost me 250.

    >>
    >> $500 is a great deal for a D300.

    >
    > Not a "great deal". There's a D300 for sale at DGrin for $385
    > including shipping, or $500 with a MB-D10 battery grip (which allows
    > much faster continuous shooting). Only a sports shooter should be
    > interested in the MB-D10 battery grip, though.
    >
    > http://www.dgrin.com/showthread.php?t=246328
    >
    > I bought my D300 from Keh for $400, but paid less since I traded in a
    > D40.
    >
    > For what I do, the D300 is a great camera. I'm very pleased. The
    > only thing I don't like is that it uses a CF card and not a SD card.
    > I've got a bunch of SD cards.


    Delkin Devices may still market a SD to CF card adapter. By using the
    Delkin card adapter you can use your SD cards in your D300 camera. I use
    the adapter in my D300 and keep a couple of extras handy. For those who
    may be interested, the Delkin card adapter will not fit into the card
    slot of the D700.


    >
    > Cameras go fast when listed at DGrin. The last D300 sold for $500
    > with the MB-D10 battery grip in a couple of days. Another one (body
    > only) sold at $400 back in October including shipping.
    >
    > However, it's for a girlfriend, and the D300 is a fairly heavy camera.
    > Not that girls can't carry a heavy camera, but they might prefer a
    > lighter one.
    >
    > If the girl is a novice at photography, he can pick up a Nikon D40 or
    > D60 with kit (AF-S) lenses dirt cheap at Keh. I didn't check out the
    > D7100, but doesn't it take the same lenses?
    >
    > Batteries are cheap for the D40/D60. I started with Nikon batteries,
    > but I bought some no-brand batteries that worked just as well. Dunno
    > if that's true with all batteries.
    >
    > The Rockwell link lists one of the advantages of the D90 as having a
    > built-in focus motor, but doesn't list the D300's built-in focus motor
    > as being equal in that respect. I don't know what's with that guy.
    >
    >
    >
     
    nick c, Apr 15, 2014
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  2. Giff

    nospam Guest

    In article <2014041420050181285-savageduck1@REMOVESPAMmecom>,
    Savageduck <savageduck1@{REMOVESPAM}me.com> wrote:

    > >> I'm amazed that camera makers haven't colluded with SD and CF card
    > >> makers to notch each card for only a specific camera.

    > >
    > > i guess you missed sony's proprietary memorysticks (and cds for the
    > > mavica) and olympus' proprietary smartmedia.

    >
    > Not to forget Fujifilm E900 which in collaboration with Olympus gave us
    > the almost unattainable xD cards. Fortunately they have come to their
    > senses and dropped them for SDHC.


    nikon d4 has xqd. ever seen one of those? neither have i.

    at least it has cf too.
     
    nospam, Apr 15, 2014
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  3. Giff

    Giff Guest

    On 15/04/2014 03:39, PeterN wrote:

    >
    > Hve you considered used?


    I am *only* considering used :).

    Thanks for all the answers.
     
    Giff, Apr 15, 2014
    #23
  4. Giff

    Robert Coe Guest

    On Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:34:41 -0700, Savageduck
    <savageduck1@{REMOVESPAM}me.com> wrote:
    : On 2014-04-14 20:17:13 +0000, Giff <> said:
    :
    : > On 14/04/2014 19:41, nib wrote:
    : >
    : >> How about a used D300 from keh.com or adorama.com for
    : >> about $400?
    : >
    : > Thanks, this post opened a new set of models to take into account :D
    : >
    : > But Rockwell seems to prefer the D90 over the D300:
    : >
    : > http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/d90.htm
    : >
    : > "If you're considering a D300, forget it. Get the D90 instead."
    : >
    : > G
    :
    : Rockwell can be an ass, and many times wrong. The D90 is a very good
    : camera for 2007, but the D300/D300S is far superior in many ways and
    : should be available used at reasonable prices.

    But pay close attention to the click count, if that's readily available on
    that model. (It isn't on most Canons, for example.) The D300 was a more
    "serious" camera and is more likely to have been owned by a professional or
    semi-professional. While he (or she) is likely to have taken better care of
    the camera, he's also likely to have used up a greater percentage of its
    useful life.

    Bob
     
    Robert Coe, Apr 15, 2014
    #24
  5. Giff

    nospam Guest

    In article <>, Robert Coe
    <> wrote:

    > But pay close attention to the click count, if that's readily available on
    > that model. (It isn't on most Canons, for example.) The D300 was a more
    > "serious" camera and is more likely to have been owned by a professional or
    > semi-professional. While he (or she) is likely to have taken better care of
    > the camera, he's also likely to have used up a greater percentage of its
    > useful life.


    true, but sometimes you might find someone who bought a d300 or similar
    high end camera, only to find out it's more than they needed, which is
    why they're selling it, so therefore there aren't a lot of shutter
    actuations on it.
     
    nospam, Apr 15, 2014
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