A friend has stepped up to FX and is offering me a D300 (15000 actuations) with a Nikkor AF-S 70-300 mm F4.5-5.6 VR and a Nikkor AF-S DX 12-24 mm F4.0G. He's also including a couple of filters and a 2 gb CF card. Price is $1200 CDN and he'll pay the shipping. This will be my first DSLR. Is this a good first step into the DSLR world? I've looked at the D7000 and D5100 and like some things about both. Video is not important to me. I do have limited exposure to film SLR cameras but so long ago that I may as well be classed as a beginner. I have been reading Understanding Exposure and have no problem understanding the concepts in the book. Putting them into practice will be something else of course. I also plan on taking some weekend courses to better familiarize myself with the cameral
So my questions are:
1. Do I opt for 4 year old technology or give up on a "pro" body and buy the latest technology?
2. I know MP aren't everything but IQ is. Is the D7000 or D5100 still a smarter purchase in 2012?
3. Assuming I buy the D300, what suggestions for lenses to fill the gap between the two listed above?
I don't know what I want to shoot for sure although night time photography and macro work are two thing that I find appealing. Also sports photography.
I have searched the archives but most posts regarding the D300 are more than 2 years old. Any suggestions based on the current market place and technology available would be appreciated. The fact that I can get a decent DSLR and 2 lenses for pretty much the price of a D7000 body is attractive to me. Or am I buying a pig in a poke?
BTW this is obviously my first post. If I've posted in the wrong forum, could the mods move to the correct one?
Thanks in advance for all suggestions.