keeping older DSLR cameras

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I often thought about parting with my Nikon D300 as value wise is nearly zero. However I had the chance just now to use it with a Nikon 12-24mm f1.4 lens. To be honest it is too good to part with as the photo below shows (unedited)

 
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I have my D90 and agree they are not worth much selling so am hoping one day that the kids may be interested and make use of it.
 
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D300-s are good gear. One eventualy figures why Nikon struggled to replace it. It took them nearly a decade and many people are still shooting with the S it's still a very reliable learning tool as well.
 
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We shouldn't be surprised that the D300 is good. The dynamic range is decent, it has a very fast frame rate, and there are more pixels to play with than a 4k monitor can display at full resolution. Compared to more recent cameras, you'll probably only notice the difference with significant crops or at high ISO.
 
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I had a D90 and D300. Great in good light.

At ISO 1000 or more the image was destroyed.

I took photos of birds nesting for a BBC competition at I think 800 - 1200 range and they all turned out too noisy to send in.
 

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Only disposed of my old D70 because there was a too-good-to-pass-up trade in bonus against a Fuji a couple of years ago.
 
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I have some kit that I really wouldn't miss but when I think I should sell it I tell myself that I just don't need the (not much) money I'd get for it... so I end up keeping it.

Handing it on to family members of friends who'll give it some use is a good idea and there's always a chance that some charity or group may be very glad to receive it.
 
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Alan are you talking about your army of 50mm lenses ?:LOL:
Not primarily, but I do have too many old lenses. I'm thinking more of my MFT kit which hardly gets used these days.

GX80, GX9, 9-18mm, 14-42mm, 45-150mm, 12-35mm f2.8, 17, 25 and 45mm f1.8's and I hardly touch them these days.
 
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Just sold all my surplus kit, crazy keeping it gathering dust for posterity.
Now got two GX9's (standardisation is good) 12-40, 35-100 both f/2.8 and 25mm f/1.4.
Covers 95% of what I need and hard luck for the other little bit, wouldn't be carting those lenses about anyway
 
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Having got back into DSLR again just before Xmas after a year with mft ( which I still have) I started off with a D300S a camera I have had before and loved , I then realised I was enjoying it so much that I upgraded to a D7200 and sold the D300S .. however having a hankering to try full frame this morning I bought a D3s .. possibly a step backwards got if you get a itch it’s got to be scratched ... keep watching the bird section
 
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The D300 was a cracking camera. Was the first camera I upgraded to after learning the ropes on a D5000 but I hardly ever keep older digital gear if it's not getting used. Never seems to have quite the same sentimental attachment as some more classical film gear.

A 12-24 1.4 lens though! Now that I could get on board with!
 
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If it's not worth much may as well keep it but if not used for months why not check out PXing it for something you will use.
I had a 5Dmkii which was still great for stills but since it couldn't realistically do video it was use less and less - especially after getting a Sony A7iii last year.
Sold it and two lenses for almost the cost of the Sony.
It feels good not seeing it sat there forlornly and depreciating to nothing.
 
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Having got back into DSLR again just before Xmas after a year with mft ( which I still have) I started off with a D300S a camera I have had before and loved , I then realised I was enjoying it so much that I upgraded to a D7200 and sold the D300S .. however having a hankering to try full frame this morning I bought a D3s .. possibly a step backwards got if you get a itch it’s got to be scratched ... keep watching the bird section
Nope the D3s is an amazing camera. It’ll feel like an upgrade in every way - I love mine - I used to have a d7200 as well, good camera but the D3s is something really special
 
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Nope the D3s is an amazing camera. It’ll feel like an upgrade in every way - I love mine - I used to have a d7200 as well, good camera but the D3s is something really special
Cheers should be here later today so I will know then
 
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I have a Nikon D70.....somewhere. It’s been on loan a few times, not even sure if it’s been returned. Still capable of turning out decent images but not in the conditions I’d use modern cameras in - the ISO tops out at 1600 from memory. And the back screen is tiny!
 
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When I upgraded to my 7dmkii I said I was going to keep me 1200d in case I needed it or the missus took an interest... But then I decided to propose and needed the extra money because the ring was over budget haha
 
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Just handed my D300 on to my 18 year old as he needed a decent camera for Uni, still a great bit of kit. Also still shooting with an equally venerable D3 when I need speed over resolution/dynamic range [D800 remains my weapon of choice for most things].
 
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I still use a Canon 1D MK IV when I feel like shooting macro with the MP-E 65. Have to watch the ISO and expose to the right a bit. Other than that, still a viable camera today.
 
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I have an Olympus EM10 and as much as I like it as a walk around camera, it is seriously lacking in the longer lens stakes and I really can’t afford to get longer lens for it.
So I am thinking about getting an older DSLR with at least 70-300. Looking back at some older pictures, my best aircraft pictures were with an A200 and Sigma APO 70-300.
The above can be picked less than £100 I could even go to an A700 and the Sigma for about £120.
I could then go on a Minolta metal lens hunt like I used to do.
The main thing I am worried about is how the electrics will hold up in the older cameras
 
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Older Camera bodies are generally not worth much at all, unwell it is a limited version of a particular model .

I own a Sony NEX5R which I still use and is great little camera. I still a 110 Halina, minolta x700 SLR, and late father 110 film Italian camera from the 1950's
There is a great joy in still using the older cameras just like looking a vintage old sports cars like TR4, MGBGT, escort Mexico etc
So my advise is keep them if their is no decent sell on value or use them when manufacturers offer a trade deal.
I keep an old battered car Hoover as Dyson now and then offer trade in Hoover deal against their latrdr hand held model.
 
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One day I will pick up a really old 1Ds or something for fun but the only SLR i haven't sold is my Canon EOS 30 film camera.

There are so many made and bought it is not rare or hard to find. At most they are worth hundreds, unless you are talking about Leicas or something ultra limited gold plated editions.
 
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