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      01-29-2009, 02:59 AM   #23
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I could have got my D300 by now had Amazon not been taxing us Washingtonians. One day shipping with Prime is only $4, but the $100+ tax isn't worth it.
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I was very bad today. VERY, VERY BAAAAAAADDDDD!!!!

Sorry to leave it as a cliffhanger, but I've got to get dinner served and then off to the usual Friday night activities (shooting at Wade's), so I won't update this until after midnight, or maybe tomorrow afternoon......


VERY BAD! Did I mention that yet? Well, not as bad as I could have been I suppose......


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Rut-Roh - me thinks he either got the D300 or D700. If he did, then he's straight up BALLA status and probably needs to crash at someone's house tonite since his wife might kick him out! lol
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Rut-Roh - me thinks he either got the D300 or D700. If he did, then he's straight up BALLA status and probably needs to crash at someone's house tonite since his wife might kick him out! lol
Yeah, picked up a D300 and the 18-200 VR lens from Camera's West today. I didn't get really stupid and buy a D700 with the 70-200 f/2.8 VR, so I did show SOME restraint!

I know Adorama had a better price, but I did spend about 1 hour with the Camera's West sales guy talking about different things. I like to support local shops too. While I work for a big corporation, I also have my own small business. Sometimes it is hard to see customers buy off the internet just to save $10.

Not that Camera's West is a "small guy" shop, I know they are owned by Ritz, but still. If they go, then it gets hard to go "hands on" with something before you buy it on the internet. Hell, just look at Circuit City. Thousands of people laid off and all their stores closed. Did people buying from the internet instead of Circuit City kill them? Not entirely, I don't think. But it might have been the difference of going out of business entirely vs. closing a few stores. Who knows. In any case, support your local businesses if you can, even if it means a small price premium.

Anyway, I figure I paid about $280 more than buying from Adorama (small price difference plus the damn sales tax.) But I also got the following "value" from buying local:
Free Epsom photo printer ($100) - Wanted a non-HP printer anyway and I was about to buy one from Staples.
$100 credit for imaging at Camera's West (negotiated using Adorama as a lever.)
Vouchers "worth" $270 for Camera's West training classes. I really put the value between $50 and $75, as that is the most I would pay for these type of classes. But still, I could use some refresher courses. My sales guy is also the instructor for these classes.

Anyway, I figure I received an incremental value buying locally that was equal to the savings if bought from Adorama. If someone didn't want those things, then the deal wouldn't be as good for them. The real big plus is I have the camera RFN, instead of waiting 7 to 10 business days.



Nikon is putting on a class for D90 owner's next Thursday for $25 down in Tukwila. Since the menu interface is basically the same on the D300, I'm going to sign up for it.

Ok, I think I'm pretty close to done with the

I guess we should ask if Twitchy has actually sold this camera yet! Might be time to abandon this thread and start a fresh for sale post without all these assholes crapping in the thread! (I'm the biggest crapper by the way....)

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Dam GiNA.. D300 is very very nice and it sounds like you got some good deals from CameraWest to make up for the price diff online. I went to the CameraWest store in bellevue (20th st.) and found the people there to be very friendly but the prices were somewhat high.
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Yeah I've noticed that store on Northup Way. Never wanted to go in but now I'm considering it. What's their price on the 18-200mm?

And my D60 is still up - tons of offers - all too low.
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I bought mine through Adorama back in the day for like $650 and that was with a coupon code no less. Not sure what CameraWest charges. You could probably get a refurb or used one from Ebay prolly in the $500s
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Sucks that my local Circuit City doesn't sell much in terms of camera lens. Although they did have an 18-200mm on display next to a D300 - all out of box, open. I asked the guy if they were selling them separately and he said no

Would've been a great deal now that all camera stuff is 20% off. I should have asked about the SB-600s...
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No that has been prolly the best investment - what the SB-600 has done to my indoor and low light pics has been well worth the $$.. I couldn't see spending for the upgrade but I do notice that Flash to Flash performance could be somewhat better if you have lots of successive shots to take. But nothing terrible - just not worth the $500 bones of the SB-900.
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Yeah I've noticed that store on Northup Way. Never wanted to go in but now I'm considering it. What's their price on the 18-200mm?

And my D60 is still up - tons of offers - all too low.
The store on Northup Way is pretty big, bigger than the one I shopped at (Tukwila.) I stopped in both, spending an hour each time. Travis helped me down in Tukwila, and Ryan helped me in Bellevue. Travis seemed more willing to work with me, and his store is marginally closer than Bellevue, so.....

Just buying the 18-200 alone would be $750, and the D300 would have been $1650, but if you bought them together, they took $300 off the 18-200. So it worked out to $2,100 for the body and lens. Adorama was $2030 shipped (7-10 days according to their website.)

I've been so busy today that I've barely had time to crack the manual or start shooting. I need to get cracking!
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Hehe, the manual seems pretty extensive. 220+ pages I think.
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Hehe, the manual seems pretty extensive. 220+ pages I think.
The very last page number is 421......

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Make sure you bring that beast to the next meet! You already get a tripod? cuz you know - you have to have a tripod. And a camera bag right? cuz you know, how you gonna lug all the gear around??

Oh and an extended battery grip.. cuz well they're cool and you can take pics for like a week before needing to recharge the batteries.

Lol -photography is like modding BMW's - the shit makes you go broke.
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Make sure you bring that beast to the next meet! You already get a tripod? cuz you know - you have to have a tripod. And a camera bag right? cuz you know, how you gonna lug all the gear around??

Oh and an extended battery grip.. cuz well they're cool and you can take pics for like a week before needing to recharge the batteries.

Lol -photography is like modding BMW's - the shit makes you go broke.
He needs a wide-angle. Cause, you know - it makes cars look nice...

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The very last page number is 421......

That's longer than the Harry Potter novel I read back in elementary school...
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Make sure you bring that beast to the next meet! You already get a tripod? cuz you know - you have to have a tripod. And a camera bag right? cuz you know, how you gonna lug all the gear around??
No bag yet, I'm trying to decide what style/type I want to go with. I prefer sleek and minimalist though.

As for a tripod, I've got a Bogen/Manfrotto 3021 that I've had for 15+ years with a 3030 head (pan/tilt/pivot QD.) It isn't as "high speed low drag" as some of the really cool heads, but it works.

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I want to get one eventually, but the D300 grip is spendy ($220?) But if you get it, you can use the D3 batteries and boost FPS to 8! Combine that with a 9 exposure AEB and I take the whole shot in just over 1 second!

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Yep. The wife thinks I'm nuts for spending this much on a camera. But when I told her it would delay me getting the M3 suspension bits and the coilovers, she was excited! "Great! That means you aren't going to fuck up my BMW!" It is "theoretically" her car after all, but we all know better.....
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Holy Thread JACK!! Sorry Twitchy..

As for a bag.. man I loves me some Lowepro Rover AW II. It packs 2 lens, fits the D80 with Grip and Lens attached - has room for widgets/gadgets and the Coup'de Grace - has a slide slot for my Dell XPS M1330 lappy. I'm not gonna lie and tell you it is light as heck, but it's not as bad as carrying a 4ft midget on your shoulders.

I usually use that when I travel or go on road trips but not for hiking - I need a gay fanny pack or camera holster for that.
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Holy Thread JACK!! Sorry Twitchy..

As for a bag.. man I loves me some Lowepro Rover AW II. It packs 2 lens, fits the D80 with Grip and Lens attached - has room for widgets/gadgets and the Coup'de Grace - has a slide slot for my Dell XPS M1330 lappy. I'm not gonna lie and tell you it is light as heck, but it's not as bad as carrying a 4ft midget on your shoulders.

I usually use that when I travel or go on road trips but not for hiking - I need a gay fanny pack or camera holster for that.
No problem

Lowepro is the way to go! I got myself a Lowepro Slingshot 200 AW at Costco for $35 after rebate. It works like the Lowepro Flipside where you can swing the bag around to the front and change lenses on the go, provided that you organize the Slingshot's sections in an awkward manner. But it works

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maybe you want to part out ur lenses and stuff?
As in sell the package excluding a lens and some stuff? I'm willing to, but I'm not willing to sell lenses separately just yet. That has to be be done AFTER I sell the D60 package.
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No problem

Lowepro is the way to go! I got myself a Lowepro Slingshot 200 AW at Costco for $35 after rebate. It works like the Lowepro Flipside where you can swing the bag around to the front and change lenses on the go, provided that you organize the Slingshot's sections in an awkward manner. But it works
I guess I'll swing by Costco and see if they still have the Slingshot 200. I was checking out the Tamrac Adventure 74. I like it a lot. It is a full backpack though (two shoulder straps.)

Got a recommendation for a camera strap? The one in the Nikon box sucks....
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I use the Lowepro camera strap. I think they only make one. It works just fine with my D60 but I can't tell you how it is on the D300. The Lowepro one has plastic buckles which I'm somewhat worried about attaching to the heavier camera. I've tugged pretty hard on them a couple of times and they seem ok.
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I use the Lowepro camera strap. I think they only make one. It works just fine with my D60 but I can't tell you how it is on the D300. The Lowepro one has plastic buckles which I'm somewhat worried about attaching to the heavier camera. I've tugged pretty hard on them a couple of times and they seem ok.

Cool. I'm looking at the Op/Tech ones, they look nice. As for plastic "fastex" type buckles, I don't worry about the quality ones. I hang things much heavier (15 lbs of gear worth about $7,000) off of them all the time with no failures.

Hmmmm, that gives me an idea. My buddy does custom "tactical" products for the military and such. I bet he could make me a pretty stout and comfortable strap. Probably cost more than $20 though....
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Hmmmm, that gives me an idea. My buddy does custom "tactical" products for the military and such. I bet he could make me a pretty stout and comfortable strap. Probably cost more than $20 though....
Haha! Flash holster, and a...



Except with prime lenses...
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