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I already own a D200. I am interesting very much in portrait and macro photography at low iso and high details. I also prefer shooting at ISO less than 1000 and manipulate the image with PS CS3.Some sample images from D300 reviews look like less detailed than D200. Of course there are many parameters that are subjective in all the samples. According to a scientific study on "How Small Should Pixel Size Be ?" The optimal pixel size is found to be approximately 6.5 microns.The D200 pixel size is 6 microns. The D300 pixel size is 5,49 microns.

What is your opinion ?

Comment #1

I just read your report on Nikon D300 buffering time, etc. I found the report searching for "D300" and "shutter lag". I just set up my new D300, and the shutter lag seems excessivemore akin to a Nikon Coolpix than to my D200. I'm using lossless compression 14-bit, and the side-by-side test with the D200 used a 300mm f/4 Nikkor AF-S lens. Both were set in shutter priority at 1/500sec. Has anyone else out there noticed excessive shutter lag with the D300? Harry Frank.

Western Impressions Photography.

Red River, NM..

Comment #2

What AF area mode did you use? I wouldn't be surprised if 51-point 3D tracking dynamic area mode was quite a bit slower than single point AF...

Comment #3

I have had my D300 for a week now and have been doing test shots around my garden, I notice that my D300 can not do the color purple, it always renders it blue no matter how I tweak the white ballance or saturation parameters, anybody else have this problem or is it my camera maybe?..

Comment #4

Hi steve,.

You may want to try and shoot a color wheel at raw and jpeg (normal setting) and see if the purple is still blueish....

Comment #5

Dear Sir/Madam, I have a NIKON P5100 digitah camera, it has flash hot shoe which has five contact points for i-TTL speedlight flash. But I have some old flashguns which have only two contact points. How can I use my two point flash on i-TTL hot shoe, is any adapter available in the market ? Please advice me, I dont want to buy new NIKON speedlignt flash. Heemanshu Jha..

Comment #6

Hi Elaine,.

Thanks for your reply, I will try what you sugest and let you know how I go!.

Thanks.

Steve..

Comment #7

Hi Harry - As Maxx mentions, the slow shutter response you're experiencing is most likely due to the 51-point auto-select AF mode. It seems like the AF processor in the D300 really labors trying to deal with the amount of data spit out by the 51 AF points: The camera runs quite a bit slower in the mode where it's automatically selecting the active points than it does when you select just a single point for it to focus on. It's still faster than most point & shoots, but perhaps not by much. Depending slightly on the lens in use, it can be as slow as 0.46 second just to determine focus (eg, taking the time for the lens to slew to a new focus setting out of the equation) in Auto mode, vs about 0.23 second for single-point AF. - Dave E...

Comment #8

...what should the optimum pixel be, CCD or CMOS?..

Comment #9

"it can be as slow as 0.46 second just to determine focus (eg, taking the time for the lens to slew to a new focus setting out of the equation) in Auto mode, vs about 0.23 second for single-point AF." ...something that you can test with the flick of a switch on the D300..

Comment #10

"Has anyone else out there noticed excessive shutter lag with the D300?" Yep. It's definitely slow. though I haven't shot it much in single-point AF mode, to compare with the 51 point AF mode, it has a fat, gooey shutter release and you have to press it down firmly to get it to work right. and of course you can set it up to not fire before the focus is confirmed. with my Nikon 18-200 the focus is noticeably slow. But, very sharp in all sorts of light...

Comment #11

"I notice that my D300 can not do the color purple, it always renders it blue no matter how I tweak the white ballance or saturation parameters, anybody else have this problem or is it my camera maybe?" ...blue in print or blue on your display? have you tried shooting it in AdobeRGB just to see what happens?.

That will complicate things but you have to figure out what is happening, somehow... It could be that the camera just has a really low anti-aliasing filter that refuses to shoot purple, but it won't take long to figure that out. Canon and Ricoh have had a similar problem with the reds (as a result of not including an AA filter at all) so that will show up soon, if it is the case...

Comment #12

...I think that there's a lot more to this than just the pixel size, but surely the pixel size is important, too. I would have preferred it to be just 10MP if not 4MP But Nikon doesn't make the sensor. And I definitely don't own Nikon.

And there's nothing else on the market that is as good for handheld shooting in low light, that is as affordable, and has sufficient lens support to meet my needs. Ok maybe the D200 but I wasn't going to get a CCD DSLR. http://www.flickr.com/photos/12219276@N08/2169254301/..

Comment #13

Just FYI, wanted to let you guys know that there are free tips on using the Nikon D300 on you tube, at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQY2kEy5-us.

It helped me in several areas!!..

Comment #14

I've had my D300 about a week, and shooting sports. Noise control I great, but every image is soft. I've been using a D70S for past 1 1/2 yrs and now along with the D300, and the D70s is sharper. I've sitched lenses back and forth, shot still life and D300 is still soft. Can't tell if it is front or back focusing.

The camera's internal 'sharpness' setting is on normal, and I have not changed this. Images are too soft to be considered 'normal' in my opinion.

I've contacted Adorama and waiting for a reply. Haven't read of this focusing problem with the D300, as yet anyways, as I have with some other new cameras. But I haven't been to many forums to search yet. Been too busy shooting, editing and uploading to my smugmug site! Steve (shoppix)..

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