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D300 meta-review

Posted by Uberto Barbini on March 16, 2008

Today, after a few days doing practice, I reread some review of D300.

Of course kudos to whoever, not being paid, reviews such a complex camera on internet. I’m just reviewing their reviews.

I’ve read a lot of magazine review also, but without doubts the ones on internet are better.

Anyway, here are my thoughts.

Ken Rockewell

Very good review, simple and effective, with clear pictures to show the difference. A problem is that it compares only jpeg shoots and not raw ones. I think that whoever is willing to spend such a sum over a camera will easily know how to use raw to get the best out of it. Anyway jpeg setting of D300 are almost magical.

About his “blunders”:

1) I don’t use AutoISO, unless untill will produce an AutoISO sensible to the actual zoom used and not only to the shutter speed.

2) I agree with Nikon here. No point in having Continuous mode with build in flash

3-4-5-6-7) ok, but very very minor. I do have slightly bigger complaints about D300. Probably I’ll post them soon.


As usual for DPReview is incredibly informative. If you are looking for a specific detail, you can find there. A lot of comparation pictures and all the usual stuff we’re used t find there. Not sure if it can really help you to decide… too much information and details. Maybe it lacks a more “human friendly” section on impression of use.

About the conclusions, I fully agree with either pros and cons. Expecially on articificial light the performance are not better than those of mine 4 years old D70. My solution? Always use Raw in difficult light and fix the WhiteBalance later.

Thom Hogan

Very good review with also an inusual point of view, with the current prices what’s better, D300 or D2x? They can be “differently targeted” camera, but if the price is more or less the same… who cares?

All in all gives it has seemed to me the most “sincere” review on D300. The final drawbacks are a bit disappointing though, they’re more limits of current techonology than D300 specific problems.


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D300 raw file format

Posted by Uberto Barbini on March 11, 2008

Ok, so here we are, the first photo related post.

I recently bought a Nikon D300. Briefly, coming from a D70 the difference is huge. In price too! 😉

The D300 is much more a “professional” camera, no fancy automatic modes for beginners, everything is more complex and you’re supposed to know what you’re doing.

So if you cannot tell the difference between a good Bokeh and a bad one, probably this is not the right camera for you. By the way, I just recently discover that it come from the very informal Japanese word ボケ that means “fuzzy”.

I’m saying that because, strange as it may sound, there’re a lot of people around with deep pocket and no clue whatsoever about photography that simply buy the most expensive hardware they can afford.

Given that I have the manuals in German (of which I don’t understand a word) I did some research on internet and I did some interesting discoveries. Because I’m a pretty decent guy I’ll share that with you and I save you to read all the explanations. But if you don’t trust me, on the bottom you can find the links.

Anyway these are my first discoveries:

  • Raw vs jpeg:
    D300 jpegs seem very good. Very very good. I mean, almost too good to be true. I’m wondering if is it still worth shutting in Raw for “standard” pictures. Of course you will continue to need RAW for difficult ones, as instance in case of different artificial lights (so you can change the WB afterward).
  • 12bits vs 14bits Raw:
    I haven’t tried (yet) but everybody who tried agree that you cannot tell the difference unless you greatly overexposure the picture (and in that case your picture is ruined anyway). The sensor date are the same. So it simply means that this generation of sensor has not enough information “to properly fill” 14 bits for channel.
  • lossy vs lossless Raw compression:
    According the Nikon engineers the “lossy” compression loses details where you’re eyes cannot see them (in the Highlights). So unless you’re going to do HDR snaps you can safely use lossy Raws and still don’t lose anything in your postprocessing.

Links about Nikon Raw formats:






And Ken compares D300 to D200 when taking jpeg pictures.

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