Summary: I've been using this thing for years. I'm a professional wedding photographer, and it's a workhorse and I abuse it. It's taken a beating, but it does the trick. Yes, there are better cameras out there, but a camera is only a tool, the user is the artist. I'm writing this review specifically to address a possible solution if you are have an ERR code pop up and think its life is over. Try switching modes.
Excerpt: Not too much I can say that hasn't been said before. The shooting banks are implemented awkwardly. Luckily I only use two basic setups, one for landscapes and another for wildlife. I wish Nikon would include GPS in the camera. The self-cleaning sensor has worked well -- after two years I've only just cleaned it manually the first time.
Excerpt: I have been using a D50 for about 5 years and switched to a D300s in Nov.2010. The change was substantial and the learning curve quite steep, but now I feel comfortable with the D300s and truly enjoy the ergonomics, build quality, rich feature set, speed and image quality. Using this camera really helped me improving my photographic skills. The autofocus system required a lot of attention at first, but it works great once I got a better understanding of it.
Summary: Bought this after my D80 died in Africa from old age, use and Serengeti dust. It is sooo much better in terms of construction. Its solid, controls have a reassuring feel. It makes focus decisions in split seconds and takes pictures on demand and rapidly. It is a little disappointing the Sensor is still the old one like the D90 but it is still much more satisfying than my D80. The video feature is less useful than one would think, but its nice to have.
Summary: The D300s is a product improved D300, featuring a movie mode, "info" button, horizon indicator, and so on. Technology wise it's state of the art for 2007. It was a follow-on to the successful D200, and is in every way a major improvement. It still holds it's own today, especially for action and sport shooting. The "why" for me on getting this camera is as a backup for my D700. The real deal breaker was frame rate and compatibility with manual focus lenses.
Pros: A "semi-pro" Nikon, familiar to anyone who's used one in the past 11 years., Almost identical in layout to my D700, makes switching between cameras easy., Does 6FPS by itself, 8FPS with the MB-D10 battery pack and EN-EL4 battery. (It needs the big battery to go faster, just using the grip with AA's or a single EN-EL3 won't do it.), Meters with and has settings to store for manual focus lenses., Shutter is rated to 150,000 frames., Heavy duty build, weather sealing and...
Cons: High ISO that was good for the day but now is so-so. My main objection is at 2000 and above or in dim lighting you start getting muddy colors and yellow blotches. How bad this is depends on your preferences and the type of photo., People coming from a D200 will be blown away at how much better it is. Compared to a contemporary D90 it's apples-n-oranges, maybe a slight edge to the D90. Ultimately the ISO performance was my biggest decision to make in getting the 300s, ...
Summary: The easiest way to describe a camera's functional success is to understand the photographer's use and background in my opinion. So to begin, I would like to mention that I am a part-time professional photographer. I mainly shoot weddings, but have also done portraits and pet photography. I have a full time job, and enjoy doing photography in my free time as a source of creative expression - and also a bonus paycheck. Now, onto the camera.
Summary: I bought a D300s a few months ago. I like it. I like the way it handles, and I have been getting some great pictures. It was a choice between D90 and this model, but what swayed me to springing for the more expensive camera was its full compatibility with older Nikon lenses. I have several older lenses, even one AI conversion, and it does work superbly with them.
Excerpt: I had the camera for almost a year now and enjoy using it since the first day. It is a very well build, solid camera. The image quality is excellent once the use and the proper configuration is learned. The camera has a huge number of parameters to set up and the factory default may not be suitable for everyone, so user configuration may be necessary. It is definitely not a camera for those who are afraid of complex cameras. Auto focus is lightening fast and accurate.