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Have D5100, Best FX to add under $2K?

pixelcat photo

Round Rock, US
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pixelcat photo Registered since 21st Apr 2012
Sun 03-Mar-13 05:44 AM

I have a D5100 currently and want to add a full-frame Nikon that has good low light capabilities with little noise. I have one FX lens, a 24-105 mm. The rest are DX lenses (10-24 Sigma, 55-300 Nikon VR, 28-55 Nikon kit lens, and a 50mm 2.8 AF Nikon). I shoot with the 24-105 the most (portraits and a lot of band photography with available light) and with the Sigma next (landscapes).

I am thinking about buying a used or refurbished D700. A friend has one that he let me use and I was impressed with the low light photos I took of some performances-- and his wedding!

What do y'all recommendation? I'd like to do more weddings (used to do those in the 80's with film) so I understand the larger sensor is better.

Or should I stick with the DX and get a D7000? I really can only spend 2K for now, and I'd like a more durable, weather sealed body as well.

Confused,
Pixelcat

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jec6613

Norwalk, US
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#1. "RE: Have D5100, Best FX to add under $2K?" | In response to Reply # 0

jec6613 Registered since 12th Feb 2013
Sun 03-Mar-13 11:16 AM

It sounds like you have three choices here in your price range to get yourself the better body:
- A used D700
- A new or refurbished D600
- A new or refurbished D7000/D7100

The first two give you better low light performance, but they're also going to make you run out for more lenses pretty immediately after you purchase them so you have some FX glass. The third choice is less expensive, but in order to get the low light capability you'd have to run out and get faster lenses.

Personally, I'd go for #3, probably with a D7100, and go and spend the rest of my budget on faster lenses to give me the low light capability. I'd also buy lenses with an eye towards using them on FX later, and not get any more DX lenses, with the idea of in 1-2 years adding a D600 body as well (the D7100 and D600 have nearly identical control layouts and capabilities, so are a great pair together).

That's just IMHO though, hopefully food for thought.

pixelcat photo

Round Rock, US
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#3. "RE: Have D5100, Best FX to add under $2K?" | In response to Reply # 1

pixelcat photo Registered since 21st Apr 2012
Sun 03-Mar-13 04:21 PM

>It sounds like you have three choices here in your price
>range to get yourself the better body:
>- A used D700
>- A new or refurbished D600
>- A new or refurbished D7000/D7100
>
>The first two give you better low light performance, but
>they're also going to make you run out for more lenses pretty
>immediately after you purchase them so you have some FX glass.
> The third choice is less expensive, but in order to get the
>low light capability you'd have to run out and get faster
>lenses.
>
>Personally, I'd go for #3, probably with a D7100, and go and
>spend the rest of my budget on faster lenses to give me the
>low light capability. I'd also buy lenses with an eye towards
>using them on FX later, and not get any more DX lenses, with
>the idea of in 1-2 years adding a D600 body as well (the D7100
>and D600 have nearly identical control layouts and
>capabilities, so are a great pair together).
>
>That's just IMHO though, hopefully food for thought.

I had wondered about the D7100, and also plan to buy only FX lenses from now on as well. I know the 7100 is really good in low light--I work with someone who has taken some great performance shots at South by Southwest in available light.

Thanks very much for weighing in on my question!

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