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Nikon D300

Review Date: Jul 2, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Build quality, menus, color and focusing, white balance, GREAT LCD, IQ, great compatibility with the SB800 flash, Did I miss anything??? All in all an A+ to Nikon.

I have been a long time digital Canon user starting with the D30 up to the 5D and 1D Mark IIn. On a recent trip I took my 40D with a 17-55 f2.8 IS and 70-200 f4L. We were visiting friends who have been long time Nikon users. He had just gotten the D300 with the 18-200VR lens. So the bets were on!!

The kids were in the pool, doing all kinds of “kid’s things” and we shot away. Every one of his photos blew mine out of the water!! The focusing, colors, white balance and the big, sharp LCD – WOW!!! We loaded the photos on to his new Apple and looked at them side by side, Canon vs Nikon. I LOST ALL THE BETS!!! I had to buy him and his family dinner!!! UGH!!!

So after many years of him saying “buy Nikon” the inevitable has happened. I am now the proud owner of TWO D300s. I bought the 18-200 and a 17-55 f2.8VR and have just ordered the 70-200VR.

A couple of weeks ago we went to a Veterans Hospital Fund Raiser, a fantastic car show at Pismo Beach, CA. I was asked to photograph the event so I took my 1D Mark IIn, with a 17-40L, 24-70L and 580EX flash, my 40D with a 17-55 f2.8IS lens and my new Nikon D300 with the 18-200, 17-55 f2.8VR and brand new SB800 flash. I wanted to experiment with this new setup and started taking photos on Thursday evening. Part of the fund raiser was outside and part was inside a huge tent. So I was not all that comfortable with the new setup.

We left Saturday evening and I never took any of my Canon gear out of my car. The D300 setup worked flawlessly with the white balance and flash better than I have ever experienced with all my Canon equipment.

Jammer112, you must have had a bad copy of the D300 and 18-200 lens. This D300 deserves all 10’s and has really put Canon in a “catch up” position. And now Nikon has just released the D700. WOW!!! All we need now is more glass from Nikon.

Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED DX VR AF-S

Review Date: Jun 27, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Great lens for the money. Good range and compact.
None yet!!

I had been using a Canon 40D with the 17-55 f2.8 IS lens. On a recent trip a friend showed me his D300 with this 18-200VR lens. We did some side by side shooting and I was blown away with the color and sharpness of his Nikon vs my Canon set up.

When I got back from our trip, I ordered the same kit, the D300 with the 18-200VR. I couldn't be happier!! I also bought the 17-55 f2.8 and find the 18-200 is as good as the 17-55, f4.5 and above.

We were asked to take photos at a Veterans Fund Raiser this past weekend. Some were inside a tent and others outside. I brought the D300 with the 18-200 lens, my 40D with the 17-55 IS lens and my 1D Mark IIn with the 24-70 lens.

When the fund raiser started I chose to use the Nikon and for the entire weekend never took the Canon out of the car. The photos inside, with the SB800 flash were right on. The photos outside had great color and were all in focus.

I never thought I would be a Nikon guy but the D300 with this 18-200VR lens has me convinced that Nikon has raised the bar with this newer equipment.

Canon EOS 30D

Review Date: Jul 17, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,100.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: I have owned a lot of Canon digital SLR bodies and I find the 30D to be the best buy for the buck hands down.
Absolutely none!!

The AFS is right on and the colors and metering are too.
I use a 1D MarkIIn with L lenses for the grandkids sports and that is one heck of a camera. But for all other uses I like the 30D. I

I recently purchased a 5D with the 24-105 and found the 30D with the 17-55 IS outperforms the 5D. The 30D is not full frame but the amount of "keepers" was much higher with the 30D / 17-55 combination.

I honestly can't say one negative thing about the 30D.

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM

Review Date: Jun 9, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,050.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: It's black, compact, less weight than the L telephotos, fast focus and well built
I don't find any negatice aspects for this lens

I like my 1D MarkII and my 5D. My wife wanted a setup that was light, inconspicuous and easy to use. We decided on the 30D with the 17-85 IS and this 70-300 IS DO lens. She loves the light weight and that this is not a WHITE lens. We recently had a trip to New Orleans and I didn’t want to take my 1D. The 5D had not gotten to me in time so we took her “bag”. I found I really like the 30D, 70-300 combination. Not quite as many “keepers” as with the Mark II and the 70-200 f2.8 IS but I was pleasantly surprised. I won’t hesitate using “her” camera and lens again. It is certainly much lighter and easy to fit in a back pack. I would highly recommend this lens. It may not be an “L” but it certainly holds its own.

Canon EOS D60

Review Date: Jul 18, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $600.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: The D60 seems to produce outstanding color without a lot of processing.

I love the color the D60 produces. I have had one, sold it and then missed it so much that I bought another one. It may be slow compared to the latest DSLRs but I would recommend the D60 to anyone who is not looking for speed. If speed is what you want. get a 1D or 1D Mark II. But for a carry around DSLR without investing big bucks, this is well worth the money.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

Review Date: Nov 17, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $550.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: BEST L LENS FOR THE PRICE!!!! This lens rivals the 2.8 and is much lighter. Great carry around lens.

I bougth this lens for my wife to use and I find myself using it more than she does. It is very sharp and fast. It is much lighter than the 2.8 version and seems every bit as sharp. I highly recommend this to anyone entering the "L" market.