Sat 31-Aug-13 04:22 AM | edited Sat 31-Aug-13 03:00 PM by km6xz
Missing in your description is a compelling reason to change formats. What is the reason or can you describe specifically where the D7000 fails to create great images but in the same conditions a D800 would? Unless printing very large, you are not going to see any difference in prints or on screen viewing. Since the D7000 is such a capable camera, and you mention better photos, I am afraid you might be disappointed if you can't see images as being better generally. I would advise waiting until you have very specific reasons to invest $10k or more which a D4 and accessories and a lens would cost or $6+k on a D800 plus accessories. That does not include a top grade tripod if you want landscape or Macro. I added a D800 and really like it but I did not "need" it all and neither do many people for general photography. I still have my D7000 and whenever I use it, it reminds me of how good it is. By using the better technique required to get the best from the D800, while using the D7000, I notice the D7000 becomes a better camera. I shot a wedding Friday mid-day and party afterwards until 3am using both cameras, with a 70-200 on the D800 and 24-70 or 85 1.4 on the D7000. Any identifiable differences were traceable to the lens choice for the subject more than any camera influenced differences. Both turned out technically really good photos. Both deal with the SB900's attached about the same, both work really well with my lenses. There are some extreme cases where the D800 pulls away but you did not mention any of those as common shooting situations. Maybe rent a D4, D800 or D7100 for a while to see if it is a need or NAS that is motivating the change.
Good luck with your choice. Stan St Petersburg Russia