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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-02-2008, 11:17 AM Thread Starter
 
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D300 = wowahweewah

The D80 was fantastic, but the D300 is a new level of fantastic. Prior to upgrading I always thought that I wouldn't notice much difference and that I would basically be paying more for a few features I'd never use...but the performance on the D300 is stellar. In fact in some points the D300 goes overboard. Running at 6fps was way overkill for the Red Bull Air Race that Hunny took me to over the weekend. ISO performance at 1600 was sexy, 3200 not bad at all. Recording on a CF card vs SD was noticeably faster as well as improved memory buffer.

The one downer for me is the metering feels better than the D80, but still similar. I did a much better job of metering in manual mode than the camera seemed to do in center weighted. I don't recall if I got any shots in Matrix mode or not but will dig up some results. Nikon loves protecting that sky but even with that protection I still see the blinkies. I don't feel so bad though. Guy next to me was shooting an A700 and had the same problem with the planes being a smidge on the dark side. Of course it's all an easy fix in post proc, but nice to get a solid shot right outta the camera. BTW, any D300 owners experience that battery issue I keep hearing about?
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BTW, any D300 owners experience that battery issue I keep hearing about?
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All over DPReview in the D300/D200/D100 forums you'll see angry rants about some battery failure. I haven't looked into the details but seems to hit a fair amount of people.
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I had one fail, but I don't recall if it was an original battery from the D300, or one of my generic Chinese knock offs. I just recycled it and didn't think much of it.

Congrats on the new camera. The Metering does feel different than the other bodies. Sorry I can't give you more tips on what works...I'm still figuring it out myself...but the 15 cross AF points are fuckin' dream to work with! I can say that I've been trusting Matrix more with the D300 then I did with the D200. Though I was getting really good at D200 and single point metering using the Zone method of figuring exposure.

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So far I've shot only in single servo focus. The 15 cross AF is part of the dynamic AF settings right?
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Post pictures of the air race. I wanted to go but missed out.

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It was canceled due to high winds, but I got some shots of planes that I'll post up.
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All over DPReview in the D300/D200/D100 forums you'll see angry rants about some battery failure. I haven't looked into the details but seems to hit a fair amount of people.
Theres a guy on nikoncafe who is on his 6th and 7th D300. the first 5 all had AF failures related to the battery issue
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Ok I can get that it might happen once or twice...but to get the problem on 5 or 6 bodies? My guess is that it happened once or twice and the story has been upgraded a bit.
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I did? Are you like tempted to buy the camera or something?

BTW, does anyone know exactly what the battery problem is? I've loosely heard that the camera will randomly shut off on you or indicate a low/dead battery very quickly...like within 50 shots of a full charge. YZFRob, you know what the exact problem is?
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Nikon Japan is working on it the last I heard. The guy had 2 dead right out of the box and the others right around 5000 shots. AF stops working, top lcd goes blank, sometimes turning it on and off temp fixes it. He sent the camera, lens and battery grip everytime. So far he is having good luck with the ones he has now.

Some think its a cold weld issue on a circuit board, some say its a firmware.

Dont have any issues with mine.
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I think they had a big firmware update in Feb...but if it's hardware then the firmware won't do much. Oh well, we'll see!
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I've been so busy with the house, I've not even done the firmware, and didn't hear about the battery issue till this thread! Man I'm out of the loop.

That "cold solder" issue...is in the camera, or the battery?

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Probably the camera. The battery and charger are identical to that of other models such as the D80
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Probably the camera. The battery and charger are identical to that of other models such as the D80
But it could be a bad batch of cold soldered circuits in the batteries.

Lithium Ion batteries have a safety circuit that kills the battery if it starts to run out of spec. That's what keeps the batteries from exploding in your lap on your laptop when they run too hot.

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But it could be a bad batch of cold soldered circuits in the batteries.

Lithium Ion batteries have a safety circuit that kills the battery if it starts to run out of spec. That's what keeps the batteries from exploding in your lap on your laptop when they run too hot.
Its teh camera. If it was batteries, if you tried different ones it would work again.
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