It's a fact: The current NIKKOR lineup offers more than 60 lenses, all able to draw on the exceptional quality and creativity of Nikon's latest DX-format flagship camera, the D300S. Indeed, the diverse scope and excellence of these lenses plays a vital role in determining how finely and effectively you'll be able to express your own creative needs.
Equally important, the compatibility and continuity of these lenses is the key that enables you to develop your ideal photographic system over the course of your life. Unlike other manufacturers, because almost all NIKKOR lenses are interchangeable with whatever Nikon cameras you have, they never become obsolete. This unique advantage is underlined by the fact that the legendary Nikon F mount celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2009.
Indeed, this DX-format flagship camera, in combination with the unparalleled selection of NIKKOR lenses, delivers a professional system of unmatched compatibility.
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Super high-power zoom of 11.1x covers a broad focus distance from wide-angle to telephoto. It also features a zoom lock switch for added convenience when shooting on location. An ideal lens for travel applications. (Picture angle is equivalent to a 27-300mm lens in 35mm and FX formats.)
This compact and lightweight lens covers the wide focal range of 16mm, and with VR (Vibration Reduction) II, you can shoot at shutter speeds up to four stops slower* and ED glass elements control color aberration. (Picture angle is equivalent to a 24-127.5mm lens in 35mm and FX formats.)
*Under Nikon measurement conditions
Further strengthening the wide-angle coverage of the DX-NIKKOR lens lineup, this lens, starting at 10mm, offers an ultra-wide-angle perspective optimal for vast landscapes or a small room, and lets you add an exaggerated perspective effect if that's your desire. (Picture angle is equivalent to a 15-36mm lens in 35mm and FX formats.)
The built-in flash lets you handle wide flash photography, even for a 16mm picture angle, without vignetting. It also works as a wireless commander, controlling a single group or two independent groups containing an unlimited number of remote Speedlights with Advanced Wireless Lighting to provide flexible lighting control in a wide range of situations.
The built-in flash can be used with CPU lenses with focal lengths of 16-300 mm. Remove lens hoods to prevent shadows. The flash has a minimum range of 60 cm (2 ft.) and cannot be used in the macro range of macro zoom lenses. The flash may be unable to light the entire subject with the following lenses at ranges less than those given below:
When used with the AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED, the flash will be unable to light the entire subject at all ranges. The built-in flash can also be used with AI-, AI-modified, Nikon Series E and non-CPU lenses with a focal length of 16-300mm. AI 50-300mm f/4.5, modified AI 50-300mm f/4.5, and AI-S 50-300mm f/4.5 ED lenses must be used at a zoom position of 135mm or above, and AI 50-300mm f/4.5 ED lenses at a zoom position of 105mm or above.
Realizes all your lighting ideas perfectly using nothing but the simple-to-use yet sophisticated Nikon Speedlights: SB-900, SB-600, SB-400 and SB-R200. The D300S is fully compatible with Nikon's renowned Creative Lighting System and all of its advanced features, including i-TTL flash control, Advance Wireless Lighting and more.
No matter which of the compatible Nikon Speedlights you choose to use, you'll appreciate the improved accuracy of the i-TTL flash metering. The Scene Recognition System employs a 1,005-pixel RGB sensor for more effective flash metering evaluation in scenes containing highly reflective objects.
Picture Control — Nikon's powerful and intuitive image adjustment tool — gives you the freedom to define the look and feel of your images, custom-tailoring sharpness, saturation and other parameters to match your own particular creative intentions. Tones defined by Picture Control are consistent across all other Nikon digital SLR cameras that employ the Picture Control System. With the D300S, four types of easy-to-use presets are available — Standard, Neutral, Vivid and Monochrome — to complement your shooting themes and styles. Two additional presets, Portrait and Landscape, can be downloaded from the Nikon website.
Standard, Neutral, and Vivid settings enable you to adjust parameters such as sharpening, contrast, brightness, saturation and hue. Monochrome lets you fine-tune sharpening, contrast, brightness, filter effects and toning. Changes can be saved as custom Picture Controls, under the name of your choice, for future use with particular shooting scenarios.
Quick Adjust and grid display can be used to help you achieve the specific results you're after.
Another aspect unique to the Picture Control System is its collaboration with ViewNX and Capture NX 2 software via Picture Control Utility. Importing and exporting custom Picture Control parameters between your Nikon D-SLR camera and software further expands creative flexibility. You can apply Picture Control settings defined in the D300S to Capture NX 2 post-production work. Picture Control parameters minutely defined on a personal computer can then be applied to the D300S. You can even trade your favorite custom Picture Controls with colleagues for enhanced potential and productivity.
Active D-Lighting comes to your rescue in high-contrast situations when previously you've been forced to choose between sacrificing shadows or highlights. By automatically regulating the dynamic range of a scene, such as clouds, it allows you to depict shadow details while preserving highlights. In this way, both shadowy and bright sections are more pleasantly detailed and exposed, to achieve the desired contrast.
Simply choose the appropriate setting — auto, extra high, high, normal, low or off — prior to shooting. For further options in achieving the desired tone, the D300S also allows you to bracket your pictures with varying strength levels, for up to five frames.
Live View delivers tremendous creative freedom for a broad spectrum of shooting situations, from still lifes in a studio where precise focus is essential, to outdoor environments where you may not always be able to physically see your subject through the viewfinder. You can also access four information display in Live View mode — information on, information off, Virtual Horizon, and framing guides. The D300S offers two Live View modes — Tripod and Handheld. Just press the dedicated Live View button for instant access.
Tripod mode is designed for shooting still subjects with a precision focus using contrast-detect AF in a stable tripod setup. Because the image sensor itself works for AF detection, you can focus anywhere within the frame. AF performance has been improved in various ways, including a higher AF speed than the D300, and enhanced AF accuracy, both in low-light scenes and with a dot light source.
In situations where you're unable to look through the viewfinder — such as when shooting from a high or low angle — Handheld mode is an invaluable ally. It's easy to compose your shot using the wide, 170-degree viewing angle, even when holding your D300S over heads in a crowd. This mode employs TTL phase-detection AF, which uses all 51 AF points.
Imagine a scene where silence is essential, a school play, for example, or any situation where you don't want your subject to be aware that you're shooting, such as wildlife photography. Simply select “Q” on the release mode dial to reduce the sound of the camera's mirror-down during shooting. You can lessen the sound of the shutter release, too, by keeping the shutter depressed after shooting, then moving the camera before releasing it.
Professional photographers sometimes require an extra level of ultra-fine AF tuning. This feature allows you to individually fine-tune and register the autofocus position for up to 12 lens models, then apply that compensation whenever the same lens is attached. You can also register adjustments uniformly regardless of the type of lens used.
The D300S offers various manual settings — including Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash, Direct Sunlight, Cloudy and Shade that correspond to a diverse range of lighting situations. Use the preset manual option for more precise white balance tuning with the color temperature axis [Amber–Blue] and the color cast axis [Green–Magenta].
The D300S's Retouch Menus offer a dynamic range of in-camera editing options for creativity, convenience and just plain fun. Whichever enhancement you decide to try after shooting, the D300S creates a duplicate image, leaving your original shot intact.
Converts NEF (RAW) images to JPEG files while preserving your original file. You can also change the image quality, size, white balance, exposure compensation, Picture Control settings (including fine details), color space and high ISO noise reduction.
Converts the file to a smaller size while maintaining your original file — particularly useful for transmitting images via Eye-Fi card. When using both CF and SD memory cards, you can designate one of the slots to record the resized image.
Note: The value for exposure compensation (–3 to +3) in NEF (RAW) Processing differs from the steps used for conventional exposure compensation.
Brightens shadowy areas, making it ideal for photographs taken in backlit situations.
Corrects red-eye effect caused by the flash. To confirm whether red-eye correction has been effective, simply check the preview image on the LCD monitor before saving it.
Lets you create a copy of the selected area of a photograph to enhance composition via cropping.
Creates a monochrome photograph. Options are: black-and-white, sepia (as in antique photos) or cyanotype (black-and-white with a blue tint). Each gives your picture its own special mood.
Create filter effects with two options — Skylight (makes the picture less blue), and Warm filter (gives the image a warm, red cast).
Lets you modify the color balance. The effect is displayed in the monitor together with red, green and blue histograms showing the distribution of tones in a copy.