New Nikon Gears : What should you buy ?

Nikon just release two news DSLR bodies and refresh two popular lenses with new design. But what should you get ? Here is my take:

  • D300s – Perfect for anyone who still has the D80/D100/D200, and still hasn’t upgraded to the D300 because they can’t see the benefits or is waiting for specific feature (i.e. Video recording). D300s is the flagship DX format camera within Nikon’s lineup, and basically has every feature D700/D3/D3x has except the FX sensor.
  • D3000 – Very suitable for 1st time DSLR user. The “Guide Mode” provides step-by-step instruction for the mostly used features.
  • AF-S 18-200 f/3.5-5.6 VRII – Finally a fix for the “zoom creep” problem. My own original 18-200 has the same issue, but will only occur when I pointed my lens directly to the ground. So this is a welcome fix. The Nikkor 18-200 is always the perfect traveling lens.
  • AF-S 70-200 VR II – A completely new design to reduce vignette problem on FX format cameras and softness around the edge. New VR system to provide up to 4 stops of vibration reduction. Although if you are a DX DSLR shooter the benefit may be marginal.

This round of new products is welcomed, but ultimately not matter much to me. I am still waiting for those fast wide prime lenses, Nikon !

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~ by Clarence on August 1, 2009.

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