I entered the world of DSLR with the purchase of a Nikon D7000 in 2011. The learning curve has been exciting and sometimes frustrating, but I am enjoying the journey. I upgraded to DSLR because of the grandchildren, ages 4 to 9. I also shoot video with a separate HD camcorder I purchased in 2011. I wanted to take better photos of their progress through life. Buying the D7000 was putting into my hands the best DX model at the time - just south of Full Frame.
I shoot photos every day, anything and everything, and loving it. Those grandchildren, though, are my primary focus: birthdays, indoor and outdoor sports, family gatherings, visits to museums and parks and farms; capturing special moments in their varied lives. I feel I am ready for full frame. I am itching to go full frame. My eyes are big. I’ve been reading about Nikon’s D4, D800 and D600. I’ve eliminated the D600. Yes, the price gap between the D4 and D800 is a Grand Canyon.
I am 65 and I expect the next camera will be with me to chronicle (in photo and video) the grandchildren and life’s other great vistas for the next 10 years and hopefully beyond. I realize that purchasing either of the remaining models requires great “glass.” I will probably purchase one lens to start.
I would love hearing your thoughts about the D4 and D800 and what lenses have worked great for you on these cameras. I have to make to make the final decision, and I want it to be an informed decision. Hearing of your experiences will be valuable in that regard, and any comments and / or suggestions you have will guide me toward that big decision.