Noreeyay 6:01am, 4 January 2009
So 'tis the season and I've got a terrible case of upgradeitis...

SO here's my thing- this is what I've got for body & lenses
D80
Nikon 50mm1.8
Nikon 55-200mm
Tamron 17-55mm 2.8
Tamron 70-300mm

The D300 is sooo calling my name. What would you do? Get the 300 or sink the money into glass? Or try to do both???
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Drew C 9 years ago
the d80 is a perfectly capable camera. what are you looking for the d300 to do that the d80 cant? of course its a nice upgrade but does it make sense for what you do? your glass collection is pretty well covered also. again, what do you feel is missing there?

seems that light is missing. (my favorite)
enchanted afternoon [deleted] 9 years ago
I'd probably wait. But this is a biased answer since I just purchashed a D300 and now I'm living on rations! It's definately a great camera. I was looking at the D90 but upgraded to the D300 because it fit in my hands so well. You only live once!
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HBRstudios Posted 9 years ago. Edited by HBRstudios (admin) 9 years ago
There is no question in my mind that if it is a case of body vs. glass, glass wins every time. But Drew seems to be on the mark by suggesting a couple of SB800/900s or other lighting, plus there is always filters (polarizer, neutral density, graduated ND and colors, etc.)

But I don't see a macro lens or a teleconverter in there, either. :)
Noreeyay 9 years ago
I would like to have better ISO performance. I'm fond on night shooting and landscapes. I have a SB600 and am getting an 800 already. I guess I'm looking for an overall bump in quality, which my head is telling me go w/ better quality lenses...my electronics obsession however is say get both lol.

I've got 2 kids so I've managed to save up for this endeavor. Rations really wouldn't go ever well with the hubby and kids lol.

I guess I should have expanded on this a bit. I have a pretty good filter collection- I have polarizes, ND & graduated ND, & skylight/UV filters.

That 70-300mm I have is a macro...just a cheap one. I would like to get a good macro, any suggestions there?

I guess I'm looking for image quality and trying to figure out if replacing the lenses I have w/ better quality lenses or using my current lenses w/ a better body will bring what I'm looking for. I know lighting will bring much of this, but how much should I acquire? With the SB600 & 800, would I be better served in getting more?

If I was going w/ glass over body I was thinking the Nikkor 70-200 2.8 and a good macro, any better suggestions?
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Randall Cottrell 9 years ago
according to a few group members, a gob lens really does the trick
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Drew C 9 years ago
depending on what sort of macro you plan on shooting. i LOVED my nikkor 60mm 2.8 before it was stolen :/ but it would be pretty short for shooting bugs and they'd probably scurry away. the 70-200 2.8 is incredible but the third party options are very nice also.

for landscapes, and night shooting, and even night landscapes nothing will help you more than a good tripod. the d80 has a nice long exposure noise reduction which will cancel any noise from shooting over 1 full second. all of my night stuff was taken with a d80 actually.

i'd give the d300 the edge in handling, and if you're stuck shooting ambient only-low light shooting. otherwise they're both very capable.

good luck with whatever direction you go!
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ectro 9 years ago
For macro, I would suggest getting the raynoxdcr250. It comes with a universal adapter that can attach to pretty much any lens easily. Even though it is another piece of glass added to the lens, it still produces great quality at a cheap price. I use it all the time.

You could also get a nice bag for everything, or some light modifiers. Seems like you already have most of the things you'd need. Maybe you don't need to buy anything? Couple more strobes?
Noreeyay 9 years ago
I admittedly have an addiction and often need to be talked down lol. In the end I think I will go with a couple 800's and a...just one, nice new lens. Thanks for the input!
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