Nikon D300 Samples

First published on: Monday, 23 February 2009

Last update (Jul 13, 2009): D300 plus Nikkor 10-24mm photos at

This page is a collection of photo samples taken with the Nikon D300 digital SLR camera, plus related image galleries, user pictures and other examples that I’ve come across in forums, online communities, blogs and related websites.

This should help in determining if the image quality of the D300 meets your expectations.

Bear in mind that the majority of these photos are re-sized, and may have gone through post-processing, retouching or other edits. I just thought that it would be interesting to see, at a glance, what Nikon D300 owners and users are shooting with their camera.

Full-sized images, where available, will assist with judging the image quality.

Attribution is given by linking to the source and where available, the author’s homepage or photo gallery.

Recent updates

There are fourteen D300 plus Nikkor 10-24mm photos in this review at

Nikon D300 plus Nikkor 10-24mm photos at

Splendid Nikon D300 shots in Paris

All taken by John Houston with Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX Nikkor lens mounted on the camera.

Owl coming straight at you, by raymond j barlow

Fantastic Nikon 200-400mm f/4G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom Nikkor photo of an owl in flight.

Full-sized D700 plus Sigma 150-500mm DG OS HSM Sample Photos at DC.Watch (Google’s English translation)

There are sample images from the D300 plus Sigma 150-500mm lens, as well as from the Nikon D700 and D5000 with the same lens.

The D300 samples are sandwiched between the D700 and D5000 images.

D300 at an airshow

Lots of nice aircraft photographed with the Nikkor 200-400mm mounted on the camera. See more at Jarno’s Flickr photo set titled “Royal Netherlands Air Force open days 2009“.

Quick sharpness test with a Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX

Ixon mounted a Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX Nikkor on the D300 for this image.

Aperture was set to f/4, and an SB-900 used to provide the main source of illumination.

I find the bokeh, colors, and yes, sharpness to be just perfect for this kind of shot.

DanielKHC’s HDR Set on Flickr

Most of Daniel’s photos in this set were shot with a Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro DX lens (Nikon mount) mounted on the D300.

The D300’s ability to shoot bracketed exposures at up to 9 bracketed shots at 8 fps in 1/3, 2/3 or 1 EV increments helps increase the success rate of the HDR sequence.

From the photo notes, Daniel uses Photomatix and Adobe Photoshop for producing the final HDR image.

Some of my favorites from the set are JBR: Jumeirah Beach Residence Gold, Afternoon Break, Cutting Edge Architecture, Made in Finland and Touareg (look in the photo notes where Daniel says “Should I emphasize again that the up to 9 exposures auto EV bracketing function at 8 fps makes the Nikon D300 and above the ultimate camera for handheld HDRs?”).

Another fantastic example of Daniel’s HDR work is “KLCC 7:36am“, which was shot with a Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM lens.

Nephila spiders mating

Frank Starmer has the best photos of the mating process of these spiders.

Based on the EXIF data of the first set of images, it looks like he photographed the pictures with a Tamron 90mm SP f/2.8 Di Macro lens mounted on the D300, while the second set was shot with a Tamron AF 180mm f/3.5 Di SP 1:1 macro.

These give you a good idea of the kind of nature photos you can take with either combination.

Tokina 12-24mm plus Nikon D300 samples at

Full-resolution Nikon D300 plus Tokina 12-24mm samples at

View 30, full-sized test images taken with the Tokina 12-24mm (Nikon mount) plus Nikon D300 combination.

This photo taken from inside a tunnel is my favorite from the series.

My Nikon D300 Photos

Here’s a quick portrait in a camera shop

Quick portrait with the Nikon D300 plus Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G VR macro lens

I took a quick shot of this gentleman while waiting for my Nikon 105mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor lens purchase transaction to go through.

I used the built-in Standard Picture Control with Sharpening cranked all the way up to the maximum 9 (which is not recommended unless you know what you’re looking for in the image).

A Nikon SB-800 Speedlight flash was mounted on the D300 with a Demb diffuser.

White Balance was at Auto 0, 0.

Aperture f/5 was selected by the camera.

EV was accidentally left at -1 EV from a previous shoot.

The 14-bit uncompressed RAW / NEF file was subject to a straight-through conversion in Nikon Capture NX 1.3, resized to 1280 pixels on the longer end and saved as JPEG at Excellent quality.

I’m extremely happy with the performance of the camera and lens for this picture — the level of detail has to be seen to be believed, and the bokeh is very pleasant.

8 fps sequence of a bird in flight

The D300 rattles off shots at 8 frames-per-second in this bird photography series.

Winter scenes by Yves P

Each photo has a link to the EXIF where you can see what lens Yves shot the photo with — two examples include Église de la Belle-Rivière taken with the Nikon 17-35mm f/2.8D AF and Canis Latran taken with the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G VR lens.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Joe Josephs shared a fantastic set of D300 photos shot at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G AF-S.

Joe has some comments about the lens in this post, re: color, contrast, resolution, lens hood, lens cap and how it regrettably does not accept filters.

View more images at his Smugmug gallery.

Shooting Interiors

Another set of images taken with the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G AF-S lens.

High Fidelity Equipment

Here’s a nice set of photos of hi-fi equipment shot by Draganga.

He’s also shared a well-photographed series of a couple taken with the Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II (Nikon mount) and Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 DG HSM II (Nikon mount) lenses.

The full gallery is at Photobucket. Once there, click on the thumbnail to view the large image and access EXIF details.

Interestingly , most of the images were taken at a high ISO of 1250.

One example of a Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 shot is this.

Squirrel at the local park

Valeriecook used the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G VR lens for this shot.

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton

DeSono mounted the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G VR on a D300 to snap photos Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Chinese New Year celebrations in Penang

Alex Lim shares some amazing Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8D AF photos in this gallery.

I really dig the composition, colors and bokeh. My favorite is Guessing the Lantern Puzzle.

Ice hockey at ISO 2000 by Raymond J Barlow

Read Raymond’s forum post for details of camera settings, and view the photo gallery for more of his Nikon D300 plus Nikon 200-400mm f/4G AF-S VR images.

Just some images of birds

This is a set of fantastic bird photography by JimPearce.

Jim used the Nikon 500mm f/4G AF-S VR for these shots.

A 1.4X Nikon TC-14E II Teleconverter was also used to extend the reach of the lens.

One more by Jim — see an ISO 800 photo of a white-breasted nuthatch taken with the 500mm f/4 at wide-open aperture.

Leaked High ISO photos

These were shared on the forums before the D300 was officially launched.

High ISO Samples

You can download this set of high ISO, Nikon D300 images (with RAW / NEF files) which were taken in Paris.

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