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?