Nikon AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR 100% Cropped Sample Photos
March 22, 2010
Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II is an ideal one-lens solution for DX-format D-SLRs, features 11x zoom versatility, ED glass superiority and VR II image stabilization for incredible performance. The AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR I version was used by many as their all-in-one travel lens. I also know some wedding photographers who use it as backup lens, mounted all the time with their Nikon D200 or D300.
Nikon has stop producing Nikon D300 to make way for the new Nikon D300s. You are still able to find Nikon D300 at your local store, some selling at a much discounted rate. If you do not need video recording, it will be a wise choice to grab a Nikon D300 before it is too late.
Canon 40D: Brilliant image quality, speedy burst mode, robust construction, dust reduction solution
Nikon D300: Brilliant detail, good colour balance, low noise, great detail in shadows, LCD looks wonderful
Canon 40D: Colour was excellent with bright vivid hues and no over saturation to speak of. Similarly, noise was kept well under control. Everything captured up to ISO 400 is flawless and both ISO 800 and ISO 1600 are perfectly usable for small and medium print sizes.
Nikon D300: Image noise was kept well under control. The D300 produced clean, usable shots right up to ISO 1600. There was no loss of clarity from noise reduction and what noise was visible had an extremely fine grain that lessens its impact. Even ISO 3200 is suitable if you’re only making small prints.
Canon 40D: The other new feature is live review, which allows you to use the LCD to frame your shot, rather than the viewfinder. This is nifty in some situations, particularly when shooting at difficult angles; however, you should note that this disables the autofocus mechanism. We don’t see too many professionals using this option, but it is a nice touch nonetheless.
Nikon D300: What did impress us was the live view implementation on the D300, which manages to focus a little more speedily than its competitors.
Canon 40D: For at least a little while it appears the Canon 40D is king of the hill. While the Nikon D80 and D200 both provide reasonable alternatives for enthusiasts, and the Nikon D40x and Canon EOS 400D are both more suitable options for amateurs, the 40D’s blend of great pictures, rugged construction and speedy operation make it a great purchase.
The speedy performance doesn’t end with the burst mode however. There is no shutter lag to speak of and both power up and shot to shot times are basically instant. The autofocus generally operated well, although it did struggle a little at times in low light.
Nikon D300: Simply put, Nikon’s D300 is one of the finest cameras on the market. Its image quality matches competing models, and while you pay a premium, you get such features as live view, dust reduction, D-Lighting and a bevy of others in return. Perfect for enthusiasts and professionals.
The body itself is rock solid; this camera is built like a tank. Constructed entirely of magnesium alloy it is a hefty unit and should prove sturdy enough for even the most intrepid of photographers. It also has the noteworthy feature of including HDMI for easy connection to a high-definition television display.
ISO Performance of Nikon D300
“Start with its high-ISO performance. In our Pop Photo Lab tests, the D300 scored Excellent image quality right through ISO 3200, and maintained an Extremely High rating at a breathtaking ISO 6400.”
Popular Photography and Imaging Conclusion
“Does the D300 beat its competitors on every count? Certainly not. The new Olympus E-3 has an even more rugged build, an articulating/swiveling LCD, and built-in image stabilization that we’ve tested to a 3-stop advantage. There’s also that 2X lens factor, which sports and nature shooters covet. Sony’s new Alpha 700 also has state-of-the-art built-in image stabilization and a steal-this price of $1,400, body only.”
The images were taken using single focus point mode, in portrait mode, using the top middle focus point. Although not cross-typed sensors, it focuses noticeable faster compared with D2’s Multi-CAM 2000. The Multi-CAM 3500DX autofocus sensor module is superb.
Note that 8fps is achievable only with the usage of 8 x AA batteries or the EN-EL4a used in the D3 or D2 series camera. It is NOT possible to achieve 8fps with an additional EN-EL3e.
For those who are considering doing 8FPS, do keep in mind that if you do not have any Nikon D2 or D3, you will need to purchase the EN-EL4a and its charger MH-21 which cost approximately USD$250 (RM 850). In Malaysia, the EN-EL4a cost RM400 and MH-21 retails at RM450. Do remember to add this to your cost when planning on purchasing a battery grip.
Credit: Nikon D300 and Nikon 24-70mm F2.8 courtesy of Nikon Malaysia