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Nikon D300

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
Cons:
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

NikonD200
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
Cons:
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

1933NAS_180
Review Date: Nov 8, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,050.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: sharpness, bokeh, handling/built
Cons:
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

1902NCP_180
Review Date: Jun 12, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: pretty sharp wide open, good AF performance, fairly priced
Cons:
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.