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Nikon DSLR Lust – The New D3 and D300

Nikon recently made my DSLR lust kick into high gear by introducing the D3 and the D300. Both cameras are coming in November. The D3 looks like it will go for $4999.95. The D300 at $1799.95.

I’ve had my D200 for quite a while now and it is serving me well. I have about 7,000 images from it and I’ve even been playing quite a bit with my D50 that I got almost exclusively for my Aerial Pole Camera set up but with a new 12.3 megapixel sensor and seeming emphasis on better low-light capabilities (the only real Achilles heel I’ve discovered in the D200) I will have to seriously consider the D300. Frankly, the D3 is still out of reach for me.

There are a lot of sites out there with all the techie stuff like here, here and here but one cool feature, if I understand it correctly, will be the “LiveView” shooting modes that let you frame photos using the built-in 3.0-inch LCD display. That seems handy to me.

Oh, and the new self-cleaning sensor unit that vibrates the optical low-pass filter in front of the image sensor to shake particles free could be a great too. i shoot outside in the wind a lot and that makes for a dusty sensor at times. If this feature keeps me from having to clean the sensor as often as I do now, Whoopie!

I am sure I’ll replace the D200 someday, maybe even this November when the D300 comes out. I am going to be anxiously awaiting the first round of low-light tests to hit sites like DPReview or Ken Rockwell’s site and if the D300 is markedly better than the D200 maybe I’ll spring for one.

In addition to the new bodies Nikon is bringing out some new lenses including 14-24mm and 24-70mm wide angle lenses, both f/2.8, and 400mm, 500mm and 600mm super telephoto lenses. That 400mm f/2.8 may be tempting! Yeah, right at $8,799.95? Wowzers! More info here.

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