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NAS has me, D600 or D7100

blw

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"RE: NAS has me, D600 or D7100"

blw Moderator Awarded for his high level of expertise in various areas Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004
Mon 08-Apr-13 08:54 AM | edited Mon 08-Apr-13 09:01 AM by blw

> I’m after primarily a second body to reduce lens changes out in the field, and also to serve as a back up body. I’m also leaning towards a bit more versatility, as opposed to same same

If it's really about reducing lens changes, you're talking about using both at the same time. Don't underestimate the value of having the same controls. Two very different cameras (in my case, a D2x and a D100) poses a problem, as my fingers just go to the wrong buttons. The shutter release and lens release are the same, but the AF-ON button is in a completely different place, the preview buttons are in utterly different places and also work in different ways, the spot metering is different weight, etc. Fortunately the D600 is pretty close to the D7000 in control system. It's not the jarring difference between a D2x and a D100, but don't underestimate the differences.

If it's really a backup, as in something that you don't use except in an emergency, with either of these alternatives you're realistically doing an upgrade and your D7000 won't get used. In this case, first ask yourself: what precisely is this upgrade intended to do to your photographic results? How would one or the other of the cameras achieve those goals? Before answering, remember that either upgrade will produce greater requirements on your technique. If you're like me, the limiting factor is usually the wetware behind the viewfinder. I'll also observe that you didn't mention shooting in critical situations where a backup is a necessity. If someone is relying on you to get the shot, you need a backup. If you're spending a ton of money to be somewhere to do photography - for example an African safari - you need a backup. But if you're shooting recreationally around town or within driving distance, ask yourself if you really need to invest $1200 or more in a backup.

> I figure going to FX gives me some more options

The issue with an FX upgrade is often lenses. If you go with FX, you would clearly need to upgrade the 11-16. That's a minimum of the new 18-35/f3.5-4.5 AFS ($750) and might mean the 16-35-f/4 AFS VR ($1250). The 35/f1.8 is fortunately directly replaced by the paid-for 50/f1.8G. You said to disregard the 18-200, but an FX kit is notably bigger and bulkier, so you may well find yourself using it more, especially on the smaller body. Along this path, the D600 is realistically going to cost at least $3000 and probably closer to $4000, and even that assumes that you don't need a longer lens. To maintain the FX equivalent of 200mm in DX, you'll need at least a 70-300VR ($600) and possibly a 300/f4 AFS ($1700), bringing the cost of the FX upgrade up to $3600-$5700, less whatever you can get for your 11-16 and 35 (and maybe 18-200) lenses.

And if you're going to spend $3600+ on an upgrade, you have to ask if it's worth sticking to the D600. The difference to a D800e is only $800. Particularly if the longer lens is a necessity (and it might, considering that you said both wildlife and sports), it's probably better to go all in and go for the D800e instead of the D600. The down side, of course, is that now we're up as high as $6500 and almost certainly needing a big upgrade in shot discipline.

> I’m still learning a lot, and put myself in the category of gadget guy (all gear and no idea!!)

You can take a LOT of university level classes, or at least several pro workshops for $4000+. In my estimate that is likely to net a far higher return in photographic results.

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