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Nikon D300

Review Date: Jan 25, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: build quality and reliability, AF system, custom functions, user interface, viewfinder, high ISO performance (finally!), speed, battery life, AWB perf, metering perf, color, weather sealing
there should be some type of lock on the S-C-M flip on the front

there isn't much else to say than this is the best value/performer in the APS-sensor segment on the market today/ever. phenomenal accomplishment by nikon!

Nikon D200

Review Date: Jun 6, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,699.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Great build, perfected user-interface and ergonomics, bright viewfinder, solid image quality up to ISO 400
The high ISO performance, albeit being an improvement over previous models and better than film, is simply not up to the competion. Or close. Battery life is so-so, but that is no biggie.

I had this camera for 3 months before finally switching to a Canon 5D. At first, I was so impressed with everything about this camera, it went with me everywhere.

It should be said that i'm mainly a people shooter, environmental portraits in available light, so high ISO performance is critical to me.

After the honey-moon I started inspecting the files and prints more closely and I have less impressed. Going back and comparing to files/prints from a Canon 20D I borrowed and I was even disappointed. I then borrowed a 5D for an extended time period and I put my Nikon gear on the block soon thereafter.

If you need/rely on those higher ISO's, the D200 simply isn't up to the competition. At or below ISO 400, I think this is the best camera/value on the market today.

Nikon 85mm f/1.4D IF AF Nikkor

Review Date: Nov 8, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,050.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: sharpness, bokeh, handling/built
85/1.4 sort of lost it's place in a DX/DSLR world, most of the time it is just too long. AF could be faster

Overall, I consider this to be one of Nikon's finest performers. It is a big lens, but not as massive as e.g. Canon's 85/1.2 L, and it is 2/3 of that price as well.

Bottomline: when I was shooting film I loved this glass, my fav available light/portrait lens bar none, but now with DX/DSLR it make much less sense, and unfortunately the 50/1.4D is not up to the quality of this lens.

Be sure to try/rent this lens before buying to ensure that 85mm is what you want in a Nikon digital world. If it is, or if you are still shooting film, you'll love this lens!

Nikon 50mm f/1.4D AF Nikkor

Review Date: Jun 12, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: pretty sharp wide open, good AF performance, fairly priced
plastic, performance on a DSLR

loved this lens on a film camera, but the performance on a D70 was disappointing, bokeh generated double lines too much so I ended up selling it.