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10-02-2010, 05:28 AM   #1
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Stay with D300S - or go to K-5???

I'm an old (like 72) Nikon shooter - Nikon F all the way to F100, then a D200. I then changed to Pentax; a K20D with 20-35, 17-70 and a Komine 70-210 series 3.
All was well, then I sold the K20D and got a K-7. Beautiful Camera!!!! BUT, I had the green line issue (which got fixed) and continued to see the noise in the dark areas when I went for higher ISOs (latest firmware). I do some of this for money, so flash is not always an option - so, I sold the Pentax gear and went back to Nikon - a D300S and several lenses (3). Now comes the K-5. Within the next week I need to make a decision as I have the opportunity to sell the Nikon at a "no loss" price.
The big question is - is there really a significant difference from a "results" perspective. Both systems hace great legacy lens compatibility, and both are well made, weather sealed cameras. We're talking family portrait work - sometimes with significant croping, and a some landscape stuff. I hope this is the correct thread or forum section - and I'm sure that I'm not the only D300S user with this question. Looking for insight into this little delima!!!!

10-02-2010, 06:24 AM   #2
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You more or less have a complete 3 lenses Nikon system other than being a weather proofed body, i doubt the K5 brings anything new for you, i say best to keep your Nikon and enjoy creating images rather than worrying if the K5 will do it for you.
10-02-2010, 07:18 AM   #3
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Well considering the D7000 is out, I really don't see why or how you could justify jumping systems at this point in time.
10-02-2010, 07:27 AM   #4
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If you can wait for a couple of months, then you can sell the Nikon you have (as you said, at no loss) then decide whether you want either the D7000 or the K-5. Both are supposed to have the same sensational new sensor.

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I would wait for the early reviews of the K-5 and the D7000.

Remember the K20D had the hot pixel issue, then the K-7 had the green line....
10-02-2010, 06:52 PM   #6
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According to the Owner's Manual, the D300s has a "Magnesium alloy weather-sealed body" - but that is just incidental to the issue for me as I tend to try to keep it out of the rain.

So, Thanks Guys!!! I believe it is a good idea, then, to wait on the full reviews and even the correct price on the K-5 for North America - I suspect I've got at least a month before it shows up on the shelves, and then a few more for reviews.

I think may be I was close to being "off topic" here, but I wasn't sure where to put this one.

THANKS for your help - good shootin'

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It's nice to know we're never too old to fret about switching systems.


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