Nikon D300 v D700 for Sports Photography

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by USU Shooter, Feb 26, 2009.

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    USU Shooter Guest

    I am shooting a D200 and have for been for 2 years. I am ready to buy
    a new body but can't get my hands on the D300 and D700 to shoot and
    compare them. I really need some input from those of you who have had
    the opportunity. Pros and cons of each. Is the D700 worth the extra
    money? If so, why? Thanks friends. -Patrick
    USU Shooter, Feb 26, 2009
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    Bruce Guest

    For sports photography using your existing lenses, the D300 would be a
    good choice. The sensor is the same physical size as that on your D200,
    but with 12 rather than 10 MP and much better high ISO performance.

    Because the D700 has a full frame FX sensor, your lenses won't have the
    same "reach" as they do on the D200 and D300. You might need to buy a
    longer focal length lens, or use a teleconverter. If you are happy to
    do that, the D700 offers outstanding performance for a 12 MP DSLR with a
    full frame sensor.

    So the D700 would not only cost more, but might require you to buy
    another lens as well. I doubt that you would find that the D700's
    performance increment over the D300 would be worth all that money - both
    will give you 12 MP images, after all.

    So my recommendation would be to go for the D300.
    Bruce, Feb 26, 2009
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    Charlie Groh Guest main body is a D300 and I do what would be titled sports
    photography (main push is marching groups in football stadium
    settings). Lens of choice is my 80-200 f2.8 ED and I'm very happy
    with the combination. I've tried the D700 and its performance is VERY
    good and I would switch in a heartbeat, only what Bruce brings up is a
    very compelling reason to stay right where I am. Reach. That said,
    I'm saving my pennys so I can have one of each...

    Charlie Groh, Feb 26, 2009
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    Pete D Guest

    Sounds like a very good plan, also saves lens swaps.

    Pete D, Feb 26, 2009
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    ASAAR Guest

    The D300 has another advantage over the D700 for sports
    photography. Their 51 point Cam-3500 AF modules are quite similar,
    particularly in where the 51 AF sensors are located, which is
    dictated not by the sensor size but the DSLR body's geometry,
    including the mirror positions and sizes. So the 51 AF sensors
    cover a much greater percentage of the DX's FOV and a smaller
    percentage of the FX's FOV. So in terms of absolute distances on
    their sensors, the D300 and D700 AF sensors cover the same absolute
    area, but this amounts to much more of the D300's frame than the
    D700's. I believe that Sony's AF sensors cover an even smaller part
    of their frames.
    ASAAR, Feb 27, 2009
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    Bruce Guest

    That's an interesting point - one that I had missed, given that I tend
    to use manual focus, or AF with a single focus point.
    Bruce, Feb 27, 2009
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    USU Shooter Guest

    But can't you change a setting on the D700 do the achieve the
    equivalent of the DX sensor size, 1.5 I think.
    USU Shooter, Feb 27, 2009
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    Bruce Guest

    Yes, you're right. But you lose megapixels, I think down to about 5.1.
    Bruce, Feb 27, 2009
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    Bruce Guest

    Sorry, I should have said more than that - 5.1 MP might be enough for
    emergency use, but I wouldn't want to use it regularly. Buying a 12 MP
    camera and using it routinely at 5.1 MP does not make sense.

    The D300 is an excellent DSLR. It has the same number of pixels on its
    sensor as the D700 and its high ISO performance is excellent. Noise
    levels in the D700 are even lower because of the greater pixel spacing,
    but that doesn't make the D300 a noisy camera - far from it. It's a
    great performer.

    If you did landscape and street photography and used mainly wide angle
    lenses, the D700 would be the one to go for. But for sports you need
    reach, and you would be giving a lot of that away with the D700. That's
    why I think the D300 is probably better for you. It is not an inferior
    camera. The fact that it is so much cheaper than the D700 and meets
    your needs better probably makes it the best choice.

    Whatever you choose: Good shooting!
    Bruce, Feb 27, 2009
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    Paul Furman Guest

    Agreed. I shoot a D200 and D700 and the 200 only gets used when I need
    reach but I like wide angle & you probably need the reach more often.

    Paul Furman

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    Paul Furman, Feb 28, 2009
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