>Throwing a different perspective on things.... (I have been >closely following this thread - and commented on the (lack of) >ease-of-use of D800 video ). > >I 'upgraded' from the D300 to the D800 shortly after the D800 >came out. I traded in the D300 and all my 'entry level' lenses >for a 24-70 f2.8. Later I got the 70-200mm f2.8. I cannot tell >you how much of my quality change was from the D800 or from >the lenses, but the change has been substantial. > >I am a hobby-photographer.... and I have no 'need' for the >D800 (over the D300). I cannot possibly cost-justify the D800 >and lenses. In fact, it's embarrassing how much I have spent >on a hobby that I have to struggle to find time to do. You >plan to spend $5K or so to take pictures of your >grandchildren. Given that you already have good gear, this >hardly makes any sense.... rationally. > >But, I suggest you throw that all out of the window, and do it >(assuming you can afford it). You're retired, it will give you >lots to do, and it will 'step-up' your game. > >Sometimes spending money on the process is enough to >re-invigorate you, to motivate you, and it leads to better >things *even if* you could technically accomplish similar >things with what you already have. My profession is with >computers, and I always have a nice keyboard and mouse, and >replace them more often than I need to... but, for some things >it is just a pleasure to have the best quality at hand.
100% agree, and this is my position on the subject. If you can afford it without it being a financial burden, then go for it. You already own good glass to compliment it. I would argue that the D800 is not the practical choice for the majority of people that own it; even some professionals. And if you follow some people's advice, then even the avid hobbyist has no valid reason for owning a D800.
Who knows? Perhaps ownind one will help you venture into other areas of photography beyond your grandkids, I know that's what happened to me. And I'm having an amazing time learning and discovering this tool. At the end, that's what we're talking about....a tool.
Good Luck and I hope you're happy with your final decision.