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Moving from D50 > D300
I was at my sons birthday party the other nite at a gymnastics facility and took the bulk of the photos with the D50 set in Sports mode. Sadly, most came out blurry. The next day I ordered the D300 after reading reviews about it. I'm hoping that it will do a much better job at taking these kinds of photos than the D50 can. Clearly I can put it in manual mode and set everything myself, but I'm limited in knowledge when it comes to this and I prefer to use the automated settings that come with the camera..

Any thoughts as to what I can expect with the D300 over the D50?.

Thank you all...

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Ericmgordon wrote:.

I was at my sons birthday party the other nite at a gymnasticsfacility and took the bulk of the photos with the D50 set in Sportsmode. Sadly, most came out blurry. The next day I ordered the D300after reading reviews about it. I'm hoping that it will do a muchbetter job at taking these kinds of photos than the D50 can. ClearlyI can put it in manual mode and set everything myself, but I'mlimited in knowledge when it comes to this and I prefer to use theautomated settings that come with the camera..

Any thoughts as to what I can expect with the D300 over the D50?.

Exactly the same thing you got with the D50 - the problem is not with the camera...

Comment #1

Fair enough. But given that I'm admitting to being a beginner instead of pretending to be an advanced user, I was hoping for something a little more informative. No question that my lack of photographic skills are mainly the cause for the poor shots. But the D50 should be able to compensate for some of that and based on what I've read, the D300 should be able to even more...

Comment #2

Ericmgordon wrote:.

Fair enough. But given that I'm admitting to being a beginnerinstead of pretending to be an advanced user, I was hoping forsomething a little more informative. No question that my lack ofphotographic skills are mainly the cause for the poor shots. But theD50 should be able to compensate for some of that and based on whatI've read, the D300 should be able to even more..

As I remember it, the D300 is designed for semi-professional/advanced amateur use and doesn't even have "dummy" modes, or at least fewer than most. The Canon 40D may suit you better?..

Comment #3

Eric,Blurring, as you're probably aware, is mainly caused by 'motion' (camera or subject moving when shot taken) or 'lens' (subject not in focus).Without knowing what exactly you were photographing and how (were subjects moving, what lens, shutter speed, technique etc) it's hard to suggest a direct remedy.In general - 'motion blur' is reduced by faster shutter speeds and 'lens blur' is obviously reduced by better manual or auto focusing. As to whether the D300 will be better than the D50 in aiding this is hard for me to advise because I don't know the D50. However, sticking my neck out (other posters please feel free to slang me off!) I'd say the D300 could perhaps be used OK at a higher ISO therefore allowing a faster shutter speed and it's more advanced AF system could improve focusing. As to whether these two factors would make any noticeable effect to your pictures I honestly can't say.No 'Sport' mode on the D300 - just Programmed Auto, Manual, Shutter & Aperture Priority. As you like "auto" - if doing earlier shots on D300 one way to start would be Prog Auto mode and use the 'flexible program' facility to give an exposure with as fast a shutter speed as possible and use the full area AF.Good luck with the D300.Regards......Caster..

Comment #4

Until you understand why your pics are coming out blurry..

Bottom line - the camera will not compensate for your lack of understanding as to what is going on..

There are two types of blur: One caused by camera motion, one caused by subject motion. They can both occur at the same time. For camera motion, the only alternative is to hold the camera more still - Tripod, monopod, image stabilization and better holding technique are all ways to achieve this in varying degrees, or hold it still for a shorter time, which leads to the next subject:.

Subject Blur - there is one way to avoid blurry shots of a subject in motion - that is with faster shutter speed. Exposure is exposure, regardless of camera. You need to ask yourself "How do I get faster shutter speed and still get enough light for proper exposure?" Your options are: Increase ISO, open up the aperture and/or get a faster lens, use a flash, or a combination of those options. Faster shutter speed will also help with camera motion blur..

None of the above will be aided by a new camera. Where a new camera could help would be with better auto focus or high ISO... but without seeing any samples, I can't say if that's enough to fix your problem (more than likely it's not)..

Ericmgordon wrote:.

Fair enough. But given that I'm admitting to being a beginnerinstead of pretending to be an advanced user, I was hoping forsomething a little more informative. No question that my lack ofphotographic skills are mainly the cause for the poor shots. But theD50 should be able to compensate for some of that and based on whatI've read, the D300 should be able to even more..

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Comment #5

Chances are the bad pictures were your fault and buying a new camera won't make any difference at all, unless you change what you did wrong..

If you bought a new lens, it might make a little difference, but it probably won't solve the problems, either..

Talent and experience, and light, control most picture quality..

BAK..

Comment #6

I honestly don't think a change to a D300 will help, as a matter of fact you might be all at sea with it for a while..

Better to spend your money a decent lensIf you believe camera movement was your problem try the 18-200mm f3.5 VR lens a good all rounder but not super crisp..

If it was caused by low light where shutter speeds were too slow get a wider aperture lens, say 24-70 f2.8 or if shooting from a distance the 70-200 f2.8 or bump up your ISOHave a look at this sitehttp://www.pbase.com/ericsorensen/image/52955921/largeIt will give you some insights into exposure...

Comment #7

Your photos came out blurry...so you bought an $1800 camera...without knowing whether the camera would fix the problem? Wow. Sorry to say it, but I have to agree that without getting a better lens/flash/saying 'Let there be light', your pics probably won't improve..

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