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Navop Jul 25, 2010 9:15 PM

Which Nikon to Get D90/D300S/D700
Hi to everyone...

Looking into purchasing one of the following cameras, but not sure which is better for me....

Cameras ... Nikon..... D90, D300S or the D700

Camera use...taking picture... lol

Picture of RC Airplane shows, Boating, RC Cars race, wilderness

So not sure which one to get. Looked for the pros/cons of each camera, not finding any.......


shoturtle Jul 25, 2010 10:08 PM

You have a very wide price range.

The d700 is full frame, the d300s is the top of the aps-c. Both will be good for RC aircraft as they they have very good AF systems and high burst rates.

On top of the right body, you will need the right lens. Are you taking photos indoors, outdoors or mixed.

Navop Jul 26, 2010 6:10 AM

I think its a 50/50 indoor/outdoor

So I guess I would actually need 2 lens one for indoor and one for outdoors.

I would not mind changing the lens, I would prefer having a good lens to do both.

Most of the pics would be of moving objects also.


Navop Jul 26, 2010 6:29 AM

1 thing i forgot to mention is that the D90 comes with 18-200mm VR lens
and the D700 comes with AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G ED lens

The D300 come with no lens.

This is what I got from a retailer, depending on which I decide to get.

But I know in the long run I will get more lens/ or better lens if need be.

TCav Jul 26, 2010 7:37 AM

An APS-C image sensor (D90, D300s) will give you the benefit of being able to use smaller, lighter, and less expensive lenses for distant subjects, than you'd need for a 'Full Frame' dSLR (D700.)

Between the two APS-C bodies, the D300s would be a better choice for what you want to do, but the D90 is very capable as well. And ultimately, your success depends more on lenses than on cameras.

Which brings me to the 18-200. Don't bother with this lens. It won't serve either of your purposes. The D90 body is available seperately. Buy it that way.

vsanzbajo Jul 26, 2010 8:33 PM

What is wrong with the 18-200 from Nikon?

shoturtle Jul 26, 2010 8:42 PM

It is not a very fastest focusing lens for action, and my rc car goes about 25mph. It can be hard for that lens to keep up. And RC planes are faster and are pretty quick. So the lens will have even more issues with them. And it is not very bright, so depending on indoor lighting conditions is may not have enough light to keep shutter speed up to prevent motion blur.

TCav Jul 26, 2010 9:29 PM


Originally Posted by vsanzbajo (Post 1122618)
What is wrong with the 18-200 from Nikon?

Well, as far as Navop is concerned, it doesn't help him or her do anything he or she wants to do, and therefore is useless.

As a general purpose lens, it has a lot of distortion, vignetting and chromatic aberration at the wide end, and isn't sharp anywhere in its zoom range unless you stop it down a couple of stops, and that's on a lens that's pretty dim to start with.

At best, it's unremarkable. At worst, it's good for nothing. And it's expensive!

vsanzbajo Jul 26, 2010 10:56 PM

So what do you recomend for an all purpse lens close to the 18-200 VR for a D90?

shoturtle Jul 26, 2010 11:02 PM

If you are looking at an all in one lens, are you ready to compromise on image quality. You will get more distortion with a single lens solution.

If you are willing to compromise. If you need a faster focusing lens, the sigma 18-250mm OS HSM, if you need more range the tamron 18-270mm. But neither will be as good as a 2 lens option.

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