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  • Steve, in my opinion, if you are considering those lenses you should be looking at a far lower-spec camera than the D300. f/3.5-5.6 and f/4.5-5.6 are what I would consider very much consumer-grade apertures.

    Given your budget, I think you should probably count out the D300 unless you can stretch to some lenses that will do it justice.

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    • Check out this review Steve: http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/d300.htm

      This was taken with the 18-200 vr and a D300: http://www.yophotographer.com/showthread.php?t=1868

      I would prob get the 18-200 VR (costs about 450) and then a 70-200 (costs about 1000) (if I had that much to spend).

      If photography is work, or a hobby, ie a long term one, I would personally still get the D300, and instead of buying two lens outright, get one now (18-200?) and another later on (70-200) funds permitting.

      I am actually thinking about getting a D300 in the summer as the prices should come down a little then (I pretty much hibernate in the winter anyway!).
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      • Originally posted by Kier View Post
        Steve, in my opinion, if you are considering those lenses you should be looking at a far lower-spec camera than the D300. f/3.5-5.6 and f/4.5-5.6 are what I would consider very much consumer-grade apertures.

        Given your budget, I think you should probably count out the D300 unless you can stretch to some lenses that will do it justice.
        Too late.

        I drove to the 'big city' on Sunday and go my hands on a D300 at a Best Buy and loved it. It's a great camera and I have checked out all the reviews I could find and have ordered this from Adorama:

        Nikon D300
        18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED AF-S VR DX Nikkor
        70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom Nikkor Lens

        The reviews on the lenses, particularly the 70-300mm were great. I plan to add a straight 50mm/1.8 later, with possibly a fixed width wide-angle. If and when I get more serious about getting back into photography, I will certainly expand the lens options.

        The Canon 40D was very good but not as impressive to me as the D300. And the comparable (as far as I can tell by doing a LOT of research and reading) Canon lenses are simply more expensive than their Nikon counter-parts.
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        • Nice one Steve!

          How much did the D300 body cost?
          Last edited by Razasharp; Thu 6th Mar '08, 5:20am.
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          • D300 with the 70-300mm lens - $2278.95.
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            • Originally posted by Steve Machol View Post
              D300 with the 70-300mm lens - $2278.95.
              Would you still have some change to pass around
              Last edited by Jose Amaral Rego; Thu 6th Mar '08, 10:42am.

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              • Sorry, also got the 18-200mm, some filters, memory cards and a couple of extra batteries. Went over budget in fact. Maybe next time.
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                • I am glad you found your equipment.

                  Any recommendations to replace the EOS 400D Kit objective (EF-S 18-55mm)?
                  That's the end of that!

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                  • Originally posted by MrNase View Post
                    I am glad you found your equipment.

                    Any recommendations to replace the EOS 400D Kit objective (EF-S 18-55mm)?
                    Whats your budget? I think one of the best lenses for the Canon crop dSLRs is the 17-55mm F/2.8 IS. The combination of F/2.8 and IS make this lens one of the most useful I have. Read some of the many reviews online about this lens. If your budget allows for it, I can promise you that you will not regret it.

                    This shot was taken with my 70-200mm F/2.8L IS, but it goes to show you what a F/2.8 lens and IS can do.

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                    • I am not too sure on the budget, I want to spent much but I guess I have to save some money anyway.

                      Considering that I paid 500 EUR for a new EOS 400D I won't spend 1000 EUR on an objective.

                      I like my Kit objective (it's ok for what I do) but I'd love to have something that doesn't need bright sunshine.
                      That's the end of that!

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                      • Originally posted by Steve Machol View Post
                        D300 with the 70-300mm lens - $2278.95.
                        That's about 120 ($240) less than here :-/

                        Does it say anything about a worldwide warranty in the box? I just recieved my 55-200 Vr today and that came with a 1yr worldwide Nikon Warranty.
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                        • The body has a one year warranty, and I purchased and additional 3 years on it for $79. Ten lenses a five year warranty. I avoided the gray market options which were slight cheaper but only had one year.
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                          • Ah k.. Nikon are offering a 2yr warranty here right now, but only for offical UK stock.

                            Anyway, good luck with the camera, hope to see some of your photos!
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                            • www.dgrin.com is a decent little photography forum. Although it is mainly a SmugMug support site.

                              But hey, they use vbulletin for forum software..
                              http://www.stlracing.com

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                              • Steve,
                                Now that you've join the Nikon camp, you might want to check out the Nikonians web site:
                                http://www.nikonians.org/
                                A great community with lots of good info.

                                Hope that helps...

                                Regards,
                                Allen

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