Archive | December 2008

Monica Monté

Wat een masterclass fotografie van StampMedia moest worden, was voor mij eerder een oefening portretfotografie. De masterclass werd gegeven door de lieftallige Monica Monté van De Standaard.

Dochter van haar moeder …

Onze lieve, kleine fluffytariër (eet geen vlees van schattige dieren).

Nikon D300: a hands-on review

d300the D300 body with MB-D10 battery grip attached

It’s been a few weeks since I got my D300. Time to share my thoughts on it. The D300 is what you would call a semi-professional camera. It’s in between the more affordable D80 – D90 and the high-end D700 and D3 models.

Pro’s

  • Nikon has done an amazing job with engineering the controls on this body. As a result of more than 50 years of expertise. The lay-out of the controls and how they function are so good it almost feels as if the camera is part of your body.
  • I’ve come a far way from my D70s (which is still a great nevertheless) when it comes to ISO settings. With the D70s I could get up to 800 without having too much noise, but once I went higher than that though, it was really irritating with all the noise. With the D300, I can take picture at 200 and 2000 ISO and hardly see the difference. The 100 ISO setting (aka low 1.0) is also a great addition for very bright lighting-conditions.
  • The body feels very solid and all the conntectors and buttons are more or less sealed for use in, not pouring, but some rain.
  • I was very sceptic about the live-view mode and doubted there was any use for. It is, however great for checking what the best white-balance is and taking tripod-shots with a very specific focal point as you can zoom in digitally on your screen.
  • Haven’t had the chance to see if it actually works, but who can say no to a self-cleaning sensor ?
  • The MB-D10 battery grip puts you back another 230 euro’s, but is worth every cent. It just feels amazing, let’s you shoot at 8 frames per second and seriously extends your battery-life.

Con’s

  • I don’t see it as one myself, but I guess some people will say that at around 825 grams, the D300 is on the heavier side, most definitely with the MB-D10 attached.
  • Once you start digging in the menu’s, things can get somewhat overwhelming, so read the f’in manual !
  • If you use the advantages the D300 offers over the D90, it’s worth every penny. If you don’t, you might want to check out the D90 though.

Overall, the D300 is a great camera and it’s no suprise CNET gave it an editor’s choice award when it first came out last year. Nikon has definitely set a standard in semi-professional digital SLR’s with this one.

Gefisheyed door Smiling Da Vinci

Deze is niet van mij, maar kon het niet laten hem te posten. Deze werd genomen door mijn goede vriend Smiling Da Vinci tijdens Photowalk Antwerpen.

Dad