Hi PWO community!
I would like to ask you for the following advice:
Currently I am using the semi-pro/ amateur line of Nikon D3000.
Now I will be starting a photography program during the fall and it is only natural that I upgrade my gear.
Despite the fact that the obvious response to this topic would be get a d800, I cannot afford it.
So,I would like to know what you think about the following options for a suitable upgrade:
D300s or D7000?
Now, I would be doing some landscape, portraiture (studio and outdoors), exploring the world of video,
and other things.
Also I think to use this camera for 3 or 4 years and would like to have the most suitable options.
So, PWO, what do you think?
Oh also, I shoot RAW exclusively.
I shoot nikon, and have used a D70 and D200 (my current camera). So, while I have not personally shot with either of your choices, here is my take on which camera is better for which feature:
D300s has better:
Bracketing - 9 frames vs. 3 frames in D7000
Autofocus - 51pt AF, vs 39
Body - full magnesium alloy, vs D7000 with only part of the body in Mg alloy.
D7000 has better:
Weight - 140grams lighter
More white balance options
ISO range - 100 to 26,600 vs 200 to 3200
Sensor - 16.2 vs 12.3 megapixel sensor
Video - 1080p vs 720p, both at 24fps
Has scene modes while D300s doesnt (not a big deal for me.. I dont like to use automatic settings)
price - couple hundred cheaper (which could mean a flash, or cheap lens)
Overall, while the D300s has some better features, the D7000 is cheaper, and still comes out on top for a few others. They both have dual card slots (D300s is CF+SD, while D7000 is dual SD). So it may also depend if you have CF cards already or not.
Plus, if you have batteries for your current camera, will they work with both the D300s and/or the D7000? (I dont think they do, but if they work for one and not the other, it is a significant cost savings).
Either camera should be good.
Or... you could wait a little longer, save a little more, and jump to the D800. I am planning on that camera myself... now if only I could win the lottery
Thanks for your reply! I have been seriously doing some research on the matter and have come up with the following conclusions
1) I will start playing the lotto and dreaming about the d800e.
2) The more I use my camera, the more I start to really dislike the IQ on it. Therefore it seems better to upgrade sooner rather than later...
3) D7000 sounds more appealing given it is more recent and have been considering messing around with video. Having an FX could be so cool, considering I am such a huge fan of the 50mm.
At this point, older models seem more appealing such as D700 (depending on the shutter count and previous owner). Or even a d90, given it is better than my current camera and probably will decrease dramatically over the summer. Meanwhile I could keep on saving up for a professional body.
So many things to take into consideration that I guess I will keep on surfing the nikon forums.
Thanks again for your reply, it was of immense help.
One other thing I should mention is that if you plan to go up to FX, buy only FX lenses from now on. That way, when you do make the move, you will already have a few lenses for it... it saves having to buy twice the lenses (although, FX lenses are more expensive... they also tend to be better/faster).
Have you heard of the nikon rumor, merged d300s with d700, which would lead to cheaper d300s and even affect the d7000 in value.
Geez I keeping up with this demands a lot. The only investments in this field are buying lenses.
I havent, but mainly because I am looking at the D800 as the next body, so I never looked into any others. Do you know the name of the rumoured camera? D9000?
I think it is going to be d400.