It’s official.  I’m the proud owner of a Nikon D300.  =D

In the short term, my Minolta Maxxum 7D will still be a significant part of my workflow.  I prefer to shoot with two cameras –a wide angle lens on one and a medium or telephoto on the other– so until I get a second Nikon I’ll keep using the Minolta.

About four days after I got my D300 Nikon announced the D700.  Sheesh!  They didn’t even give me time to finish reading the manual before making a new camera.  BUT, after looking at the specs, it appears that the only real difference between the two is that the D700 has a full-frame sensor, and that’s not reason enough for me to justify the price increase.

At the moment, the only Nikon lens I have is a kit lens (18-55 f/3.5-5.6)  It looks kinda pathetic seeing such a small lens on a big camera, but it gets the job done for now.  My goal is to get three new lenses and a second Nikon by the end of the year, so, if anybody is feeling generous…

6 thoughts on “Boom!

  1. Congrats Stephen ;-)

    I personally like the Nikkor f/1.8 and f/1.4 50 mm lenses, the Tokina 12-24 and the Nikkor 18-200 VR as an all-around lens, but have to say that I rarely use it anymore. The latter probably because I usually have enough time to change lenses.

  2. Thanks for giving me a glimpse into your gear bag, Mariano. I should probably get a good 50mm lens, though I typically prefer the flexibility of zoom lenses. Have you noticed a difference between the 1.8 and the 1.4?? …other than the price tag?

    I too have used an 18-200mm lens. It’s perfect for camping and outdoory stuff, but it’s too slow for most other uses (slow in focusing and aperture.)

  3. The 18-200 is very nice for the unexpected (or the lazy), but other than that it is not too sharp and not to bright. You’re right.

    I have both fifties and usually go with the 1.4 as I’ve already bought it, but I wouldn’t purchase it again. The 1.8 is good enough and to my eye a bit sharper.

  4. I’ve enjoyed seeing all the news hit over the last week or two about the D700. First I heard, I thought of you and your new purchase. I think the D300 is still a fantastic camera. But my eyes are set on that D700. :) Full-frame sensor. I just want to be there.

  5. Admittedly I was a little bummed when I first heard about the D700, but really, I’m way too pragmatic to spend the money for a full-frame sensor. I might change my opinion if I spent time using one, but personally I like the increased zoom ratio of the DX sensor.

    …I would, however, love to play with a 14-24mm lens on a full-frame sensor.

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