I think it sounds like an excellent plan. My second digicam was a Canon G5, a sibling of your G3. I moved to a D70 when it came out, and I now have a D300 that I would love to pair with the 16-85 as a general purpose lens. I don't need wide angle very much for most of my shooting so I end up with the 70-200 on it most of the time. The D300 has excellent build quality and great ergonomics. It is very responsive and has pretty good high ISO.
Keep in mind the 1.5x crop factor, which means the 16-85 gives a widest field of view the same as a 24mm lens on a 35mm SLR. There are several 12-24mm lenses (Sigma, Tokina, Nikon) that are all pretty good, and the Sigma 10-20 is pretty popular as well. I have the Nikkor 12-24, but had the Tokina been out when I was in the market, I would have gotten it instead, or even the Sigma 10-20.Good shooting,.
You will be sorely disappointed with the live view on the D300 in comparison to the G3. It is far slower and not nearly as useful. You will, however, come to love the optical viewfinder..
You will be sorely disappointed with the live view on the D300 incomparison to the G3. It is far slower and not nearly as useful.You will, however, come to love the optical viewfinder..
He's absolutely right. Trust me, people moving from point and shoots always think they will like live view on an SLR, but you'll prefer the viewfinder. It's quicker and more accurate. You can see it in bright sunlight..
The only folks I know who use live view sometimes are people that really don't use their camera much..
That said, I've enjoyed live view on my D300 in certain tripod based macro situations, and that's it. It's usually easier to shoot a shot and look at the results. It's not like you're wasting film..
You will not be dissapointed in the D300 or that lens. I've always said that it's not the camera but the nut behind the camera that makes good photographs. But, with the D300, I've become a better photographer, and it's been my hobby since the late 1950s. Have fun...
Thanks guys. This is very helpful. Another feature the G3 had which I hoped would one day see widespread adoption and improvement was the remote viewing capability - you can hook it up to your laptop by USB and see the liveview image on your laptop screen. The image was pretty small and updates were slow - that's a lot of data to be moving around a USB, but I thought maybe one day, with better technology... Alas, it never came to be. I guess the data challenge is just too great, at least currently.
You are all right that the D300 has so many other features that will make it a wonderful upgrade from the old G3, and I am really excited about getting it. Thanks very much for giving me that little extra boost I needed before I commit myself to a new photgraphy system..
All the best,.
Hi all. First post. I am a "photography enthusiast" who is lookingfor a once in a lifetime purchase of a decent DSLR. I intend to useit for landscape/cityscape mostly. Intended target display platformswould be 32 inch flat panel TV slide shows and the occasional printmax 11 by 14, maybe (and this is a big maybe) 16 by 20..
Right now I have a Canon G3 - a great intro to digital photography,and I really like it's live view feature, which I am hoping will be asgood or better on the D300..
I have been taking pictures all my life for personal enjoyment using35 mm equipment, and am now entering retirement. This is one of thethings I'd like to spend more time doing, now that I will have thetime. However, budget is not limitless so the D300 is about asexpensive as I am going to be able to get and still be able to getdecent glass to put on it. I might be able to talk myself into an EOS5D if there was some sort of overwhelming advantage..
I am thinking on starting with the D300/DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6GED VR and then adding a longer focal length zoom later..
Does this sound like a reasonable plan? Any thought from those of youwho might have more experience with this camera or other comparablecameras?.
My friend be prepared for sharp , very nice contrast photos thats a excellent combo. My I suggest the 70-300mm vr later ? .
A picture is worth one thousand words... If the police don't make you erase them off your memory card that is.....
Or other comparable cameras?.
Worth a look before you leap anyway;.
I've got an E1 and have been quite happy, I enjoy the lenses immensly as do other's you'll find. save high ISO(an accepted 4/3rds weakness but the e3 can handle to 800 and provide usable to 1600 with PP) the E3 12-60mm combo is more than a match for a d300 and worthy of consideration in light of your interest in considering other camera's..
Dust reduction that actually works, inbody IS and the ability to carry an equivalent of 24-400mm with 2 lenses(12-60 f2.8-4 & 50-200mm f2.8-3.5) might be a draw as other's can't do or say that. add sigma and leica lens options to the mix and adapters for any number of MF lenses and there's no shortage of fantastic glass available..
I'd suggest a look at least, spend a little time in the Oly forum if interested enough and ask questions as there are any number of owner's that would be happy to answer them..
I'll get to an e3 eventually but I grabbed a used e510 for peanuts and have focussed on adding glass as I have the E1 for a weather/bomb proof rig with a 2 year old around that still takes fantastic shots..
Good luck with whatever you buy, the good part is any of these are up to the job they simply have different strengths to work with...
If all you are doing is cityscapes and showing them on a TV and doing a print once in a while your nuts to get the D300. It's an outstanding camera but based on what you say you are going to do with it; your out of your mind to spend that much money..
Any entry level DSLR will do what you want just as well as the D300. Now if you are going to do other types of shots then maybe. But based on what you said save a bunch of $$ and get an entry level DSLR. Or better yet get a used DSLR off Ebay that has around 6-10 MP and your home free..
If you have to have Live View which you will NOT find very useful on a DSLR unless you are doing Macro, the look at the Sony or the Oly..
Olympus E-510 and a bunch of stuff to hang on it...
I would go and hold a D300 in your hands before committing any further. it's a lot heavier than you may think..
I would consider a D60 as well if I were you as it is much smaller and lighter.http://octopus.zenfolio.com..