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Nikon D300 or Canon 40D
I am looking to purchase a camera. I plan on shooting sports and nature photography. Also looking into the business of selling photos, especially of sports..

I've looked at these two cameras, can't make up my mind. The price of the Canon is attractive however the Nikon D300 has more megapixels. Are the megapixels worth $600 or will I even see the difference. What are your thoughts on these two cameras?.

Thanks..

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With the sort of understanding of cameras that you seem not to yet have, and the need to ask on this forum, I would ask if you are ready to start to make a living from photography?Jules.

Blackriverphoto wrote:.

I am looking to purchase a camera. I plan on shooting sports andnature photography. Also looking into the business of sellingphotos, especially of sports..

I've looked at these two cameras, can't make up my mind. The priceof the Canon is attractive however the Nikon D300 has moremegapixels. Are the megapixels worth $600 or will I even see thedifference. What are your thoughts on these two cameras?.

Thanks.

Why can't you blow bubbles with chewing gum?..

Comment #1

Both are fine cameras..

I'm biased towards Nikon and think the D300 is the best camera in the world for the money..

That said, megapixels aren't important and should be the least of your consideration in this price range..

The reason I'd choose Nikon is for the glass. I think Nikon glass is the best glass in the world. You won't go wrong with the Nikon D300. If you can afford it, there's no reason to get an entry level dslr regardless of what others might say. Semi-Pro cameras like the D300 and Canon 40D can do anything a beginner can do plus a lot more..

If that extra money for the D300 over the 40d is daunting, then maybe an entry level camera would be worth considering...

Comment #2

Here are the rules:.

1.a. Buy a camera with as large a sensoe as you can afford.1.b. Buy a camera with as few pixels as you can stand..

Some sages can't read and comprehend that "as you can stand" part. It means that if you are anal retentive about specs or sensitive when someone asks "How many MP does your camera have?", then you need to buy a camera with as many as possible...just don't expect the high MP camera to be especially good in low light/high ISO situations..

These two cameras are both excellent! The Nikon scores a bit higher per rule 1.a. as it has a 7% larger sensor. The Canon scores a bit higher per rule 1.b. as it has 22% fewer pixels. The Nikon also has excellent NR algorithms, rendering stunning high-sensitivity results. Bottom Line: There is not much to distinguish them in the IQ area..

The biggest differences are in the following areas:.

1. Ergonomics2. Controls3. Features.

These areas are very subjective. You should go examine each system in detail and decide which camera fits your hands and has the most intuitive controls..

You are not ready yet to even think about turning pro....

Blackriverphoto wrote:.

I am looking to purchase a camera. I plan on shooting sports andnature photography. Also looking into the business of sellingphotos, especially of sports..

I've looked at these two cameras, can't make up my mind. The priceof the Canon is attractive however the Nikon D300 has moremegapixels. Are the megapixels worth $600 or will I even see thedifference. What are your thoughts on these two cameras?.

Thanks.

Charlie DavisNikon 5700, Sony R1, Nikon D300HomePage: http://www.1derful.infoBridge Blog: http://www.here-ugo.com/BridgeBlog/'Experience: Discovering that a claw hammer will bend nails.Epiphany: Discovering that a claw hammer is two tools...'..

Comment #3

Does not matter. Both are excellent cameras, probably well beyond your capabilities, but what the heck..

Pixel difference is unimportant..

Both are excellent sports cameras for experienced professional sports photographers excellent autofocus and lots of frames in a hurry..

All in all, a coin flip except with the Canon and a budget, you can buy more accessories because the camera costs less..

My son has a friend who has a 16 year old sister with a D300 and she thinks it's great..

My usual camera salesman has a 40D and thinks it is great..

BAK..

Comment #4

It's amazing the response you get when you ask an opinion, especially Canon VS. Nikon..

I am a teacher, I teach photography to high school students, I am not a professional, not looking to make a career of this, just want to have some fun because I love taking picture. I been teaching for 17 years, 14 years in the darkroom and 3 years to digital - so I am fairly new to digital. My basic photo class uses Canon S5IS, great camera for what they are, My advanced class uses Nikon D40 & D50. Also great cameras..

Being at a school I want to offer the community the opportunity to get some great pictures of there child and sport - sports is big at our school,.

So, Joules, I do now a little about the photo process however I am not a professional - if you didn't realize this is a forum called "Beginners questions"..

I love the controls of the Nikon - I've been using one for sometime. However the next practical step up from a D50 is a D300 - D80 is not a lot different than the D50. However cost..

Thats why I started the forum - haven't used a canon much, however my friend used a Canon D30 for his business and seems to love it...

Comment #5

Forget the megapixels unless you need to print huge ( I mean A2 and up ) regularly. Almost any DSLR should get you a big print ans stretch to A2..

I think they are both excellent. I'd be inclined to follow my heart in your shoes ( except of course my heart would grab a Pentax K20D  ). Of your choices I'd go Nikon D300 - just for the added value of the CA correction feature, if nothing else..

I read in your posts you have dismissed the D80 as not enough of a step up from the D50. I'd suggest you reconsider that. I don't know your priorities, but I;d have said it was..

I'd suggest you consider also the D200 and 30D. I know the new models have the glamor, but I'm seeing these slightly older models being dumped in camera shops as trade-ins for the D300 (especially) and 40D and Mark III. I'd regard them both as excellent and unless you specifically want to spend the premium for the latest model because of some feature they have you want, I'd think carefully about a used model from a reliable dealer..

StephenG.

Fuji S3 ProPentax K100DFuji S9600Fuji E900PCLinuxOS..

Comment #6

I wouldn't worry about two megapixels. The ability to fine tune the auto focus on lenses with the D300 is way more valuable..

They have nearly equal image quality. The D300 has several features that the 40D doesn't but costs more. Look at what lenses you plan on getting and make your choice from that if you cannot decide...

Comment #7

I didn't even look at the responses between both cameras....

All I know is that I'm a Canon guy and comparing both of those camera even I know that you should get the D300..

I could try to change your overall view on cameras in general but between the two.. D300 hands down...

Comment #8

It has been said on almost every post, more MP is not a reason to purchase a camera in most cases. The difference between the MP on a D300 and a 40D is so small it is irrelevant. One poster hit it on the head when they said buy the largest sensor you can afford and the lowest MP you can stand..

Since you teach photography, you likely have a grasp of how to use the DSLRs. Both the cameras you are looking at take capture images very well..

In my opinion anyone who tells you which one to purchase based on the information you provided is not giving informed advice. You want a camera that can shoot your school sports, both can (if you invest in the extra grip and special battery for the grip on the Nikon you can get a faster frame rate), both have great ISO with low noise (the Nikon can go a little higher in the ISO). The Nikon is also a little more complex and will take some time to learn. I can't tell you how many post I read when the D300 first came out where people complained about the auto focus. There are a multitude of settings for it and you will need to spend a lot more time learning about the Nikon (in my opinion). That said, if you have Nikons in your school, you have Nikon lenses (perhaps more than the kit lenses).

If you only have the Nikon kit lenses but your friend with the Canon is willing to share his lenses once and a while, get the Canon. The bottom line is that it really doesn't matter which body you purchase..

This post probably doesn't help that much but hopefully all the other posts along with this one will get the silly Megapixel concept out of your mind. Just like your friend who has the Canon, you can really enjoy which ever one your purchase..

Blackriverphoto wrote:.

It's amazing the response you get when you ask an opinion, especiallyCanon VS. Nikon..

I am a teacher, I teach photography to high school students, I am nota professional, not looking to make a career of this, just want tohave some fun because I love taking picture. I been teaching for 17years, 14 years in the darkroom and 3 years to digital - so I amfairly new to digital. My basic photo class uses Canon S5IS, greatcamera for what they are, My advanced class uses Nikon D40 & D50.Also great cameras..

Being at a school I want to offer the community the opportunity toget some great pictures of there child and sport - sports is big atour school,.

So, Joules, I do now a little about the photo process however I amnot a professional - if you didn't realize this is a forum called"Beginners questions"..

I love the controls of the Nikon - I've been using one for sometime.However the next practical step up from a D50 is a D300 - D80 is nota lot different than the D50. However cost..

Thats why I started the forum - haven't used a canon much, however myfriend used a Canon D30 for his business and seems to love it...

Comment #9

How about a second hand D200??? That's if the price difference between a D50 and a D300 is too much. Just a thought....

Another thought.... After using a friend's D200 and F5, I've ditched Canon for Nikon... I thought the ergonomics and user interface of the Nikons were superior. Just because your friend likes Canon doesn't mean you have to! I'd have a look at both and see which one you prefer..

I love the controls of the Nikon - I've been using one for sometime.However the next practical step up from a D50 is a D300 - D80 is nota lot different than the D50. However cost..

Thats why I started the forum - haven't used a canon much, however myfriend used a Canon D30 for his business and seems to love it...

Comment #10

Blackriverphoto wrote:.

It's amazing the response you get when you ask an opinion, especiallyCanon VS. Nikon..

Sounds like you knew what to expect before you posted..

I am a teacher, I teach photography to high school students, I am nota professional, not looking to make a career of this, just want tohave some fun because I love taking picture. I been teaching for 17years, 14 years in the darkroom and 3 years to digital - so I amfairly new to digital. My basic photo class uses Canon S5IS, greatcamera for what they are, My advanced class uses Nikon D40 & D50.Also great cameras..

So how are we supposed to know any of this unless you tell us?.

Did you try a search? This question gets asked with monotonous regularity. I just searched on your subject title:.

Http://forums.dpreview.com/...sp?query=Nikon+D300+or+Canon+40D&forum=1002.

A slight modification to your search wording will produce a different list.

Being at a school I want to offer the community the opportunity toget some great pictures of there child and sport - sports is big atour school,.

I commend that..

So, Joules, I do now a little about the photo process however I amnot a professional - if you didn't realize this is a forum called"Beginners questions"..

Jules has been round here a long time and knows (with a "k") exactly which forum this is. He is also used, as I am, to people not giving the relevant information to provide them with an informed answer. (but neither of us are used to a faint whiff of hectoring sarcasm from those who ask for help.).

It surprises me that a teacher of photography:a) fails to set out their experienceb) has not read lots of reviewsc) cannot form their own opiniond) expects to get a reasoned and balanced reply in this thread.

I love the controls of the Nikon - I've been using one for sometime.However the next practical step up from a D50 is a D300 - D80 is nota lot different than the D50. However cost..

I know what you mean about Nikon controls. I am surprised that you dismiss the D80 so readily:10 Mpixels11 point AF Multicam 1000 not 900Exposure braketingMechanical only shutter (eliminates blooming)Brilliant large pentaprism VFSDHC supportWireless flashDOF previewTop lcd backlightFront command dial.

And who knows what will be on a D90 expected soon..

Thats why I started the forum - haven't used a canon much, however myfriend used a Canon D30 for his business and seems to love it..

I suggest you ask your Canon friend for a loan..

If you already have access to Nikons and like them, personally I see little point in a change. You have access to backup cams lenses etc that others would envy..

Chris Elliott.

*Nikon* D Eighty + Fifty - Other equipment in Profile.

Http://PlacidoD.Zenfolio.com/..

Comment #11

Thanks for the comments Chris..

..and also as a teacher one should know the difference between there and their. Depending on which is used changes the whole meaning of sentences..

...... at a school I want to offer the community the opportunity to get some great pictures of there child and sport - sports is big at our school.

I have not used either of the cameras mentioned in the OP's question but have usedand owned the D70, D200,D2x and a 20D. But I can answer the question.Use either!.

Jules.

Chris Elliott wrote:.

So, Joules, I do now a little about the photo process however I amnot a professional - if you didn't realize this is a forum called"Beginners questions"..

Jules has been round here a long time and knows (with a "k") exactlywhich forum this is. He is also used, as I am, to people not givingthe relevant information to provide them with an informed answer.(but neither of us are used to a faint whiff of hectoring sarcasmfrom those who ask for help.).

It surprises me that a teacher of photography:a) fails to set out their experienceb) has not read lots of reviewsc) cannot form their own opiniond) expects to get a reasoned and balanced reply in this thread..

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