Summary: Simply put, I love my Nikon D300S. It is highly versatile and it is good for portrait, landscape, macro, wedding, street, and travel photography. In other words, it can be regarded as a very fine multi-purpose digital DSLR. For my use, I do not really need a full-size sensor. I actually like the DX format of the Nikon D300S. With the DX format, the camera is like having a built in tele-extender.
Summary: Purchased this camera in 2010. Have used it coupled to the 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII for three years shooting wildlife photography. It has never failed me. I have to say that this is a very robust camera, able to take a lot of abuse in a lot of shooting conditions without complaint. It's been by far the best purchase I have made in a camera body. Shooting with the 600mm f/4, the D300s has locked on with the 52 point AF quickly enabling me to get in-flight shots of waterfowl.
Summary: When I upgraded to the D300s from the D200 in 2010, I was expecting it to be more of a lateral move. I mean, 10mp to 12mp is, apparently, at the threshold of perception regarding image resolution. But there's more to this camera than megapixels, or the lack of them, given today's offerings; the autofocus system is outstanding, the control layout is excellent (and more customizable than the D200), and the high frame rate coupled with the autofocus makes it THE dx camera...
Great price, light weight, versatile, professional camera body.
4 October 2012
Summary: This is a great all around pro camera body. Matched with the proper lenses you get fantastic quality, versatility, and the pro size that people seem to respect; but considerably lighter than the D700 and larger models. I bought this body because of its ability to capture short video clips and because it has different media options (CF and SD). In my opinion, you get more bang for your buck with the D300s than with the D700.
Summary: As a long-time amateur photographer, I have purchased and enjoyed seveeral cameras in the Nikon line, from point-and-shoot film models to flagship DSLRs. I no longer can afford to shell out $6,000 and up for flagship models, but now that I've gotten a D300s I get near-flagship performance at a nowhere-near-flagship price. The D300s combines the legendary ruggedness of Nikon's flagship cameras with the compactness of its prosumer models.