I’m not sure what you mean by a full CCD panel? If you are talking about the camera I use, then it is not a full CCD (if you mean the size of the sensor). Nikon D300 has an APS-C sensor and not a FX. I am in the process of getting the D700, with the full format sensor, but for now it is the smaller APS-C
I should have remembered that the D300 wasn't yet an FX user. I own a D90, which uses CMOS. This may be close to the same size as APS-C, though I suspect that the D300 still puts out a finer image overall, as more of the area is exposed. The D700 is magnificent. Thanks for the clarification.
The D300 is a wonderful camera I think, not only for the dynamic range of the sensor, although it is only an APS-C, but also for the overall quality of how the camera is built. I love it and have been using it for almost three years now, but now it is time to step up a notch I think, and the D700 is almost identical to D300 regarding how it is built, but the sensor and the image processor is the same as in D3, so I really looking forward to getting my hands on that one…
The D3 is really the camera I was thinking of, but nevertheless... The D90 was what I bought, and I have learned a lesson from that: buy where you are, and don't save money. It's a good camera and can do a bit of everything, but the full sensor on the D700 amazes me every time. There's simply a qualitative difference. I actually got more out of the D70, although the output was a little too small for professional use at work (posters and so forth).