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Pitting Nikon D90 Against the Nikon D300s! September 4, 2009

Posted by Lawrence Oei in Benchmarks, Other Nikon Camera.
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Armed with the Nikkor 18-105mm on the Nikon D90 and Nikkor 18-200mm on the Nikon D300s, it’s about time we see how truly different these two cameras are. And I have picked a unique location for this trial today – A very old rustic Malay village in the heart of Singapore! Both JPEG and RAW (12-bit) will be used for the comparison shots.

Stay tune…

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Ideal Shutter Release Sound of Nikon D300s May 25, 2009

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Something I would love to hear from the Nikon D400 – savagery shutter release sound at 8-10fps! I love my Nikon D90 shutter release very much, but the one on Nikon D3 is wicked!

So How Tough Is Nikon D300? May 25, 2009

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Well, if the Nikon D300 can take this, then I expect the Nikon D300s to, at least, work as usual in this


BTW, the camera above the car radiator is a Nikon D9o!

Areas of Poor Implementation of Nikon D300 We Want Corrected on Nikon D300s May 24, 2009

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As a quarterly routine, my visit to the Nikon Service Center not only allow me to collect the Nikon quarterly newsletter – FOCUS, but also to man-handle the Nikon D300 etc. Here’s a list what I found annoying or poorly implemented on a Nikon D300

  1. CF compartment slot poor weather sealing – Being a body that boast the tag of “weather seal”, the Nikon D300 sure under worked this compartment door section against the weather.
  2. Absence of BKT button for bracketing function (available on Nikon D90 where I use them for important shots) – D300 users are expected to use the FUNC button (which I have assigned to select Picture Control on my D90 today) to do this
  3. Poorly organized menu items (A far cry from that found on the Nikon D90)
  4. Lack of the “OK” button to confirm menu selection – this is, to a Nikon D90 owner, a must on the D400)
  5. Wobbly D-pad – Too much press depth on the direction pad makes one wonder if each press is actually registered
  6. Short hand grip – My finger nails are always finding their place buried on the rubber grip due to a short grip depth (Nikon D90’s depth is significantly improved) – Mind you, I have a small Asian hand!

Nikon D300 User Guide May 24, 2009

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For those who wants a cover to cover understanding of the Nikon D300 before we embark on D400, check them out [here].

Nikon D90 To Assume A Backup Role? May 23, 2009

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As my quest continues in search for a suitable backup body, a sudden notion to move up onto the upcoming Nikon D400 arises, while subsuming the Nikon D90 to then become my backup camera came into my mind.

This move will not only provide me a benchmark against the newer camera but will also provide me the much needed assurance that whatever I will shoot hereafter will turn out, at worst, to anchor against the already superb image quality of the Nikon D90.

Heads Up About Nikon D300s May 23, 2009

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From various sources at the point of writing, we’ve the following on the plate to chew on

  • New Nikon Expeed II sensor grid
  • 16 to 18 mega pixels resolution across a APS-C DX format
  • Tilt swivel VGA back image screen
  • Full HD video recording with stereo sound recording

These would not be earth-shattering technical improvements but will prove welcome to seasoned Nikon D90 users like me who can appreciate an up-sized package.

Nothing concrete here…just wet cement for now.