I have a D300s and a D3s and I like that the controls are virtually identical on both so that I can go between them without much thought. With the grip on the bottom of the D300s it is even more like the D3s. I thought about a 7000 but then I would have to change my process between cameras. I have all of the settings the same on both cameras, all I have to think about is the crop factor.
D7000 or D300s(56 posts) (29 voices)
@Palomino and Broxibear.
I have a ton of respect for Thom Hogan (and who wouldn't), but in the article cited, he mentions bad pixels in a different content than the bad pixels than in which the D7000 has had them, and sort of misses a point.
Bad pixels have been fixed in video by a firmware update - worth pointing out - and the D7000 is one of the best DX cameras on the market now.
I'm certainly with the Broxibear on this, too. I'm not doing the D7000 only because in further reading Hogan, I feel that it isn't a _significant enough_ upgrade from the D90 to warrant the expense.
Thanks again broxibear and Mike Gunter:) I have read that article some days ago and googled a lot :) Speaking about bad pixels I have heard about firmware, but I dislike the word "reduced" in description. However, I don't plan on using video a lot. Well, I think I'd go for a d7k :) Thanks everyone for input.
I don't have D300S but have couple friends with that camera who really like them.
Regarding criticisms of D7000 I do think the top knobs getting shifted inadvertently by your hands and the video hot pixel (now fixed) are real. The other issues (soft focus, worse resolution, etc) I haven't experienced which makes me suspect they aren't real.
If you are looking at pro use or abusive use, layout of buttons, full magnesium alloy and the AF in D300S are probably things that make D300S at current pricing a strong choice.
If you are interested in video as well (as I am) the D7000 improved capabilities may be a selling point though it still has some jello so you have to be careful with fast panning. I think that there are many people who have upgraded their firmware and seen their hot pixels eliminated on D7000 in this forum so I suspect the comments that Nikon made are just cover your ass comments since some idiot may still want no noise when shooting images of the lense cap itself at high ISO and they don't want to end up specing that. I have had 2 D7000's (returned first one due to hot pixel in video) and both show 1 hot pixel when I review video images (first one was green, second was blue). I haven't had chance to download the firmware to my camera and test the fix but I'm expecting it will resolve the issue since it seems this is a simple thing for them to address with mapping.
Thanks for your input The Man From Mandrem.
Well, I always liked the feel of full magnesium canon bodies over those completely plastic ones. Yes, I'm interested in precise AF, but don't care about D lens. Will D300S AF system be much better nevertheless? (By the way having a lot of headache with shift-focus before I wonder how can I test focusing system with chart? Is it necesarry to check each point individually? Does Nikon lenses and bodies have focusing issues as frequently as non-L canon lenses and some bodies have?) The ability of using dslr in bad conditions(snow, rain) would be highly appreciaded, but I believe both D300s and D7000 weathersealed similarly and whatever nikkor 50G is not sealed(only mount) :( And I'm not really interested in video. Thanks again :)
I just bought a D7000 and was using a D300 up until last week. I was a little nervous after reading so many points of view and opinions. I know my old body wasn't the 300s, but I view them as pretty much equal and so far I'm loving the D7k. The button layout will take some getting used to, but I like how it's all customizable for the most part. I'm definitely a lot more relaxed now and feel I made a good investment for the time being. I will eventually switch to full frame, but in my opinion, you cannot go wrong with the D7000. My experience so far is it's responsive, feels good in my hand, and the most important part: the photos look fantastic!
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