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| p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · My Nikon D80 is apparently dead... How will i bring it back to life? |
there we differ. I feel the D7K offers more for the money then the D300s by a long shot.
like you said "a D90 imager in a somewhat pro body" but even then not quite. the D7k offers more then both.
just to begin with:
greater color depth
greater dynamic range
lower light capability
copy/paste for results on all 3
more data to back it up in measurements
(Apologies to the OP for the divergence from the core topic of this thread}
Steve - I hope you know how much I respect your opinions, but I'm a little surprised to see you take that position. I'm well aware of the performance of the D7000 sensor, and I know it is a terrific camera in the hands of many.
I could have had either one, but the reason I chose the D300s over the D7000 was handling. The push-and-hold-a-button-and-spin-a-wheel handling of the D90/D7000 cost me far more shots than the sensor ever did. I am so much more comfortable with my D300s - I can adjust it on the fly virtually without looking at it, and that is exactly what I wanted. It is liberating. Guys like you and Tim are either talented enough or wired in a way (or both ) that gives you the ability to be comfortable with anything in your hands. If the handling doesn't get in your way, you get the full benefit of the sensor.
If they had the D7K or D5200 sensor in a D300s body/handling (and not the slight backward-step that is the D800) I'm in. More is always better, but I don't feel lacking at this point for ISO/DR/etc. If I ever do, it is more likely I'll wind up with a D700 or D3s than a D800 or a D400 if they follow the D800 handling path (which I consider likely).
At the end of the day, the D300s is performing far better for me than my D90 or D70 did, and it has everything to do with handling (though the better AF system doesn't hurt, either). A D7K wouldn't have fixed that for me - specs are only part of the story.
OP - D90's are a flat-out bargain for what they are selling for these days. If you've liked you D80, you'll love a D90. Please don't take my comments above as negative vs. the D90 (or D7000). Handling is a matter of preference, and I just prefer the D300s design.