>This is true, and with the recent BM price drop, I've >considered it.
Give it careful thought...
>However, I still need to do stills as well...
So keep the D100.
>especially since I'll be selling my old D100 to my uncle, who >has repeatedly suggested I upgrade for 2 years now so that I >can sell it to him. (He seems quite taken with it.)
Buy him one. Going rate on the used market for a D100 is about $100. Throw in an 8GB card for $10 and he's golden.
> And since >I need a camera that is a bit of a "jack of all >trades," it's hard to beat the D800.
There are VERY few cameras out there than are real jack-of-all-trades when it comes to doing both stills and video. At least at a decent level for both. And none of them are less than $10k ready to shoot. You're either going to get a killer stills camera with passable video, or great video camera with passable stills. You get to pick.
>I also want to keep >on using Nikon F mount lenses for the foreseeable future.
So buy the Canon mount BM. Nikon lenses adapt to Canon with a $15 adapter. I use them all the time.
>And >honestly, I'm not too keen to jump on the Black Magic >bandwagon.
>If still photography was not a "must >have" element, I'd be more interested in waiting for the >new Digital Bolex D16.
Really?? I can't see WHAT that thing has over a BM. I saw it when the kickstarter or whatever came out for it. As soon as BM announced their product, digital Bolex was dead to me.
>However, the D800 is rather underrated in the DSLR video >world, which is largely pro Canon.
I can't see that. Seems to garner a rating pretty fairly from what I've seen.
>Perhaps with the exception >of certain low light conditions, it can stand it's ground or >surpass the DSLR competition on a toe to toe basis.
Yep. DSLR's in general are TERRIBLE at video. At least they are without some external help.
>Is it the perfect camera for video? No, no one camera is for >all possible situations. However, the D800 is currently the >best solution for the majority of situations I'll find myself >in for the plan-able future.
Well, you have to do what works for you.
>>Wow, >> >>I surely would be looking for something else for video if >>that's your primary consideration. For less money you >could >>be into a Blackmagic Cinema camera. Get 2K RAW video. >Hell >>of a lot better than a D800 for $1k less. Or for $1k more >get >>their 4K version. >> >>-P >> >>>Yeah, I'm purchasing my D800 very soon here and my #1 >>>deciding factor is for video production. If it wasn't >for >>>that, I'd be perfectly happy to keep using my D100 >for >>stills. >>> >>> >>> >>>-Starius