Another new backup body arrived. Significantly happy about this purchase.
Inside the box:
Comes with everything you need other than the compact flash card. Happy suprise to me, it uses the same battery that the Nikon D80 does. I also managed to get in before the promotion on Capture NX ended – got a free version of the conversion software that produces the highest image quality possible (but is slow as molasses… oh the struggle…). Woot!
Picked it up with the Nikon 18-200mm VR lens. Not really fast enough for truly critical low-light work, but great for scouting and such. It was really much more solidly built than I expected and, given decent light, produces images plenty good enough for walk-about, travel, and stock photography. With a 27-300 FOV equivalent, VR, good built quality per price, and high quality images – If you only had one body/lens combo for traveling the world – this is probably the combo you should have.
The D300 is very solidly built, though the buttons don’t quite have the authoritative and convincing feel that the D3 does, but at less than 1/3 the price… meh. The fact the controls, focus system, menus, file sizes, and other aspects are identical to the D3 makes it a natural pairing – allowing seamless transitions between the two to best utilize the wonders of FX and the benefits of DX-sized sensors. Once you break ISO 800, you really should be looking specifically at the D3… I’ll make a post sometime with more specific comparisons with regard to noise, FoV, DoF and all that fun gear-jazz that probably bores most of you. 😉