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Nikon D300

d300
Review Date: Mar 11, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,199.99 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Ease of use. Confidence factor, exposure, metering. Ergonomics.
Cons:
Still looking, but don't expect to find anything.

This camera has such a wonderful feel to it. I am a recent Canon convert, 40D then 50D. While Canon does a wonderful job of marketing and you really can't beat their lens selection (not with Nikon, anyway), the image quality this D300 produces is just amazing. Things just jump off the monitor-and I haven't printed anything yet!
Last night I shot a social function. I did not set the camera to review any shots as I took them, but occasionally I took a peek while running from shot to shot. They looked OK to me, but you can only tell so much in a 3" LCD. When I got home and viewed the images I was amazed-really amazed. My wife saw the images and was blown away. With Canon images, I always had to do some fiddling-adjust skin tone, balance color, lighten here, sharpen this, too much flash, not enough flash. The Nikon images were just right. Exposure was spot on. A D300, a 16-85 VR (that never left my camera the entire night) and a SB900. All set on Program mode, all jpegs and I didn't touch a setting all night. That's it-and it was great.
I can't recommend this camera enough.


 
Tamron 18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD Aspherical (IF) AF

18_250mm
Review Date: May 24, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $499.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Compact, good feel, great range, acceptable quality at all focal lengths.
Cons:
None yet

I waited to get this lens in Pentax mount and have only had it for a day or two. I have not done any real life shooting with it, but testing it shooting a still target while the camera was on a tripod and handheld with a Pentax K10D, I was very surprised with the quality of the images at every aperture setting and focal length. Normally these super zoom lenses are fairly useless at 18mm, but this lens is very usable, even good, at 18mm, even wide open. I ran the tests against a Sigma 18-200 (new) and it was not even close. The Tamron was so much better in every respect. I don't think you can compare it against the Pentax primes in most cases, but if you want to travel or go on walkabout with just one lens, this is a great choice. I would recommend it to anyone with the need.

 
Sigma 18-125mm F3.5-5.6 DC

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Review Date: Oct 26, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: size, weight, price, focal length
Cons:
none for a $250 lenw

Taking a trip west with a new Pentax K100D. Not wanting to carry a lot of equipment, picked up this piece for it's range and was pleasantly surprised by sharpness and quickness of focus. It did all I asked. I could wish for no more.