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Nikon D300

Review Date: May 5, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Picture quality, ergonomics and build, speed, feature-rich and customisation, lens fine-tuning, LCD, sharpness, and beauty
a bit clunky Live View implementation, better with vertical grip

I upgraded to D300 from D70. I am very pleased with the performance and the more advanced features this camera has compared to D70 (which I still own and like). Very nice transition.

In addition to what I've said already, D300 has actually and practically reduced the amount of time I spend on PPing. Apart from occasional contrast and WB correction, the only other thing I do is I convert my files into JPEG, since I almost always shoot in RAW. If I get the exposure and settings right in the first place, I doubt that I would even need to do much post processing. Ah, maybe a bit noise reduction when shooting beyond ISO 1600!

I very much appreciate the Lens Fine-Tuning feature. It has brought back to life a few lenses I had previously had difficulty with with sharpness and focusing. Now, all my lenses lock focus much faster than what they used to do before. A great bonus.

This camera offers much more than what I've listed here. It's very speedy and ready to capture the moment. I also very much like the clarity of the LCD, and the ability to adjust WB and Exposure in Live View mode, and then switch to other available Exposure modes.

Speaking of Live View, even though it's a nice feature and I occasionally use it, I reckon the way it works is a bit clunky and annoying. This is particularly true for me when in hand held mode, as the shutter goes down and the LCD darkens in order for the camera to perform focusing, which means that if you have zoomed in on the subject, your zoom goes right back to Normal view after you press the shutter. The Tripod Mode Live View is a bit slow as well. Therefore, I strongly recommend using Manual Focusing for both modes.

To be honest, if I am not able to capture decent even great images using this camera, then I am convinced that the buck should stop with me. The camera has pretty much all the pro features that can turn out great photos, as long as I know what I'm doing with it. So, no excuse!

I suggest buying the vertical grip as it bumps up fps into 8, which is blazingly fast and the extra battery set in the grip will assist the batteries longevity.

All said, I've been a very happy shooter with Nikon D300 and I highly recommend it.

Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor

Review Date: Sep 4, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: small, sharp, contrasty, great depth of field.

I am glad I bought this lens. It is really amazing, considering its price and size. The first copy i got was sharp, though not tack sharp people were raving about on various review postes. The second copy is spot on. It is very sharp, has a great contrast, very nice bokeh, and reproduces color accurately.

Now I am spoiled with primes. I can't see why i need to use any other lens for the type of photography i do.
Very happy with it. I highly recommend it.

I wonder if there is a Japanese-made model of this lens!

Tamron 24-135MM F/3.5-5.6 AD Aspherical (IF) Macro

Review Date: Jul 21, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Very sharp, contrasty, accurate color rendetion, great range, build quality, nice rubber coating, size and price.
may be a bit slow at low light with AF, but really not that much. a bit of barell distortion at wide open.

OK, ive had this lens for a week now and i am really impressed by the performance and the ergonomics of this cute lens. i did some comparison tests with my D70 kit lens, which is pretty good hey, and the results of Tamron proved even better. the zoom range is just so right that pretty much covers my walk around needs. talking about versitility, this lens is absolutely the right size, weight and mass. i read in some reviews that it was heavy, but when i started using it, i was surprised that it wasnt at all.

However, and as some reivewers have already mentioned, the 72 filter is expensive and will add some cost to you buy. also, it hunts a bit more than the kit lens, but not by a big margin.

Overall, i am very happy with this lens so far and if everything goes well with quality control stuff, this lens is definitely going to be a keeper for me. I strongly recommend it.