Summary: I bought the D300s in March of 2011, and I've taken well over 35,000 pictures since then. The camera I had before this was the Nikon D3000 and the difference between the D3000 and the D300s is just astronomical. Since I bought this camera i've been shooting a lot more sports than I used to. The fast shutter speed makes it ideal, and I've really loved that aspect of it. However my bread and butter as a photographer is portrait photography.
Summary: NIkon, I'm starting to question your commitment to the professional DX body. The D300s is way overdue for an upgrade, but all I hear about is yet another FX model coming up. If I don't see an upgrade for the D300s model soon, I will probably switch to Canon. At this time, a rating of "good" is generous for your outdated D300s. Anyone in the market for a new pro-level DX camera body should wait, like I have been for ages.
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.
Summary: i've been using this camera for over a year and i love it. the only problem is the leatherette falls off, so i've had to duct tape part of my camera where it was having issues. i had the same problem with my nikon d200.
Summary: I bought the D300S to get into the digital age from my F2AS purchased back in the late 70's. Wanted a Nikon and found that this body was compatible with my old AI lenses, although not auto-focus. Price was right, features were all there. A win-win situation! The body is a bit heavy but that's to be expected with all the capabilities it has. My old camera was heavy as well so no big deal.
Summary: I got this lens since there is no other lens in Nikkor family that is 400mm and so inexpensive. I noticed it has no SWM thus it makes it a bit slower to focus depending on what camera body you've got. However I have shot numerous birds and animals with this one and I am not at all disappointed. I'd highly recommend for anyone looking for a super zoom lens.
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: I made an upgrade to this camera from a Nikon D70. The transition was very smooth, and fast. After having the camera for almost 6 months, I still cant believe it can do 8 frame per second! The investment in the MB-D10 was well worth it, and made the camera so much more fun to use. I am do too much time lapse photography with this thing, and its just so much fun.
Summary: I was debating between this camera and the 7D. Even though heavily invested with lenses compatible with the 7D, I was constantly having issues with broken equipment from "those guys" and made the switch over to Nikon with the D300s.