You can use a slave with the F300 but you must get one specific to digital cameras. I have uses a Digi-Slave SA-10 and Wein has a few digital specific slaves that specifically ignore the pre-flash. This pre-flash is common to just about all digital cameras that don’t have a manual power setting for the flash and it is addition to any red eye reduction pre-flashes.
pulykamell, check out the soon to be available Nikon D50. A somewhat economised D series that should be a good foot in the door to anyone wanting to get a DSLR as it has the same sensor as the D100 I paid twice as much for. If I had to replace my D100 I’d get a D70 but I’m sure a lot of good photos will be taken with the D50.
Finagle, pardon my rant here but don’t get suckered into the myth that more pixels make better pictures. Just the opposite can be true, particularly with small sensor cameras, 2/3" CCDs and smaller like the 1/1.8" sensor in the Minolta F300. Since everything is scaled down to the small sensor size including the lens focal lengh and absolute aperture there is less light to make the same image. Add to that consumer camera sensors that provide a real time LCD display have less usable sensor area because of the way the circuitry has to be designed the image quality, specifically noise and dynamic range, often gets worse when pixel count goes up.
Bigger sensors make better pictures even with low pixel counts. I used to shoot with a Minolta Dimage 7, a 5 megapixel camera with a 2/3" sensor which is the largest found in consumer cameras. When a friend who is a professional photojournalist shot my wedding with a 2.7 megapixel Nikon D1h I was skeptical because of the low pixel count. I was so wrong. She was able to shoot at ISO 1600 and get less noise than my Dimage 7 at ISO 200. The low pixel count image had more detail than I expected because noise didn’t have to be artificially filtered out.
I now shoot with a 6mp D100 which works great because it has a much bigger sensor than a consumer camera. The Canon cameras edge it out at low ISO numbers but that may be in part due to filtering as well as the CMOS sensor but it makes excellent images at ISO 1600 though not quite as good as the lower pixel count D1h and D2h.
Don’t get me wrong, I have a small sensor camera too, a Canon A75, but I know it’as limitations. It makes nice 3mp images at ISO 50 that will print a respectable 8x10 but at ISO 200 the images are unusable garbage. I could have easily gotten a 5mp camera for a similar price but the images would not be better.