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"RE: 800 0r 800E"

km6xz Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, including Portraits and Urban Photography Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2009
Fri 04-Jan-13 02:25 PM

I guess I am going to be the contrarian. Yes, the D800 is great, yes, the 70-200VRII is great. But you are diving on the deep end in investment requirements by aiming as a subject matter that will be very capital intensive.
Before doing down that road too far, consider your budget, long term commitment and goals. Your $5k budget will get you only so far in the most expensive and time consuming area of photography.
Unless money is no object, I suggest testing the waters. Sign up for a bird/wildlife workshop, rent a D800 and 300 or 400 2.8 plus TC and a great tripod and see if you are really planning this most effectively.
The 70-200 is a wonderful lens but it is more of a general purpose mid-telephoto, which is very versatile but not very effective for birds.
Would $14,000 scare you off? That is what a good tripod, gimbal mount, a D800e, and a good lens would cost for this subject matter. Taking the workshop might be $500 and help save a great deal of time and money by avoiding mistakes in choices and getting you started at a higher level up the learning curve.
The reason I bring all this up was your initial budget, to most people would be quite a luxury budget to have earmarked $5k of gear. But for birding it was bound to be a shock to find out what is really involved. I would suggest, if $5k is the limit, to start out a bit modestly, with easier to capture subjects or larger one, like portraiture, macro, landscape or architecture, where $5k would result is top quality tools.
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A general, generic topic 800 0r 800E [View all] , sffranky , Thu 03-Jan-13 07:04 PM
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