I have a D800e, and am getting used to the big files and incredible detail in my landscapes. What I am concerned about is the numerous failures I hear about on this forum. What would be a good backup for this camera, making every effort to stay below the $3000 threshold?
#3. "RE: Backup for D800?" In response to Reply # 0
I continue to wrestle with the right backup camera for my D800E.
Recently I have been using a D7000 - same battery and AF system with very good high ISO performance. It also provides a little extra "reach" by virtue of the DX crop and a nice high frame rate.
I also have the D300, and I prefer the weight and balance of the D300 to the D7000 but the low light performance is not as good. The D300 has slightly better build quality than the D7000 and is a good choice.
I have used an IR D200 as a backup when the images were not critical and the purpose of my backup was a second camera for a different look.
And I have used a V1 as a backup on occasion when I wanted a small light body. The V1 works well by being small and not attracting attention. The 2.7 crop factor also provides a little extra reach with regular lenses. And the V1 offers point and shoot capability for snapshots. But it is not really a great backup - AF is not as good and the files are relatively small.
My guess is I will end up selling both my D300 and D200 IR in favor of a D600 converted for IR. I'll probably keep the D7000 as well for a DX backup. That would have all my backups using the same battery.
#5. "RE: Backup for D800?" In response to Reply # 0 Tue 19-Jun-12 09:26 PM by Robman3
West of Santa Monica, US
If your D800E is doing the job, not sure why a backup is a concern outside of the requisite to always carry one (backup) in case, for any of us shooting imagery or HDslr video?
The issues of hand wringing in the forums have been honest and at times inflated but to be sure yes, those early adopters with real calibration and service needs deserve empathy, one wouldn't wish to be in that cue.
Frustrating, yes, but the overwhelming user base (Stan has even keeled iterations on that) are doing just fine.
The D7000 as Eric indicates is a good second choice, for FX I'd also defer to Eric and other luminaries. Mine are D7000 and D3S.