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Help me spend some money

mickeyb48

Dacula, US
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mickeyb48 Registered since 08th Oct 2012
Fri 29-Mar-13 07:42 PM

Not sure whee to put this topic, so here you go. My wife will be retiring soon, and will have limited fun money. I've been thinking about buying a full frame. After the reports I'm reading around here, not real sure about that 600. I currently have a 7000 with a 18-105, 55-300, 24-70 f2.8, and a 70-200f4 lens and battery pack. I have around 1500.00 I can afford.

I found a refurb. 600 on KEH

Thinking about that new 7100 with all the reports that have been good so maybe stay DX.

Adding a new lens to the collection (16-24f4 or 300f4) I like to do landscapes and wildlife.

I like the specs on the D800, but way too much now since this is a hobby and passion.

So any thoughts I can fudge a little on the final cost.

Thanks

Mike

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billD80

US
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#1. "RE: Help me spend some money" | In response to Reply # 0

billD80 Silver Member Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2007
Fri 29-Mar-13 07:53 PM

Why not just stay with the D7000, and get great glass?

Why did you want FX in the first place?

The D7100 is great, but if you're not sure if you need one, you probably don't.

Just stay with the D7000 and look for a primo lens that will take you preferred subject shots to the next level.

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DerekTV85

Salt Lake City, US
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#2. "RE: Help me spend some money" | In response to Reply # 1

DerekTV85 Registered since 12th Feb 2012
Fri 29-Mar-13 09:31 PM

I'm with Bill. I'd stay with the D7k and the only lens i see your missing is an ultra wide. Whats your thoughts on switching to FX? Thats the only wildcard.

The upgrade from 7000 to the 7100 just don't seem to be enough to upgrade unless you absolutely need the new AF and some more pixels.

Myself personally could use better af and pixels for what i like to shoot but its not enough to justify a single generational upgrade. And believe me i fight off the NAS for the 7100 every day. So I'll quell it with a nice lens maybe 105 macro or 300mm f4.

Gamecocks

Joanna, US
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#3. "RE: Help me spend some money" | In response to Reply # 0

Gamecocks Registered since 22nd Jul 2010
Fri 29-Mar-13 10:41 PM

The 7000 is a real good body and if it satisfies your "needs" I'd suggest staying with it and investing in a lens that will allow you to do what you like. I believe you'll need a minimum of 300mm with a tc for wildlife unless you meant $5,100 instead of $1,500 . Good luck.

John

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mickeyb48

Dacula, US
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#4. "RE: Help me spend some money" | In response to Reply # 2

mickeyb48 Registered since 08th Oct 2012
Fri 29-Mar-13 10:44 PM

Thanks for the input. I went with the 7K last year because it was in the budget and just started acquiring some nicer glass this year. I do love the 7k body, and get some great pics from it.

mike

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DerekTV85

Salt Lake City, US
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#5. "RE: Help me spend some money" | In response to Reply # 4

DerekTV85 Registered since 12th Feb 2012
Fri 29-Mar-13 11:09 PM

Why were you thinking of switching to FX?

Snappo

Tulsa, US
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Snappo Silver Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2015 Nikonian since 09th Apr 2004
Sat 30-Mar-13 12:47 AM

I picked up a 300mm f4.0 and the TC1.4 & 1.7 for my D7100 to use for birding. I also have the D600 and good glass is a real budget buster.

a retired old duffer with the time to have fun,
Jim

km6xz

St Petersburg, RU
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#7. "RE: Help me spend some money" | In response to Reply # 0

km6xz Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, including Portraits and Urban Photography Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2009
Mon 01-Apr-13 05:18 AM

What are your photographic interests and what limits to reaching your goals are you running into with the D7000?
I would suggest determining which of those limits are really going to change with a different body. Do you have all the accessories the aid your goals, since you already have some good lenses. For example if you like portraiture, lighting is more important than lenses or bodies. Landscape benefits from serious tripods more than the latest high ISO super focusing bodies.
A workshop on your specialty would generate more difference in your results than just about any other investment.
I am suggesting these points with a limited budget in mind. If there was no limit, sure, get everything you fancy. Having all you want however can reduce your active participation in the hobby. Many of us get the most from solving problems and accomplishing creative solutions.
Stan
St Petersburg Russia

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