Help - Great Back Up Choice to D3S
I have shot DX for the past 7 years, however, I have moved to FX. I started with the D800 as my first full frame camera but after 5 bodies I gave up (Each body had quirks outside of left focus issue). I returned all of them but ended up with a great deal from my camera retail center, Murphy's Camera in Lexington, KY (Don is the best!!!), I picked up a Nikon D3S for $2900 with 1100 clicks. It was an unbelievable deal. I LOVE the D3S. However, I miss the quality of the D800 and the 1080P video, I think it is the acuity and sharpness of the D800. I decided to try it again and pick up a D800. I just asked in the D800 forum if I should go new or refurb and all responses were new. However, I am thinking is the D800 the best back up and high MP camera for me.
I shoot models in the studio and on location, tons of events and concerts as well as urban, landscape and architecture work. So as I think about it, majority of my paid work I will use the D3S for events and concerts. However when I shoot urban, landscapes and architecture I want more detail and acuity. Here's my dilemma, I am still reading the issues the D800 is suffering from and it is a year later. I'm not sure the problem will be resolved in the D800 and the fix may come with a D800S or D900. I am not up to buying a $3k camera and have to test for focus issues or to be in the field with inconsistent focus, flash issues, and severe front/back focus issues. Yes I am very skeptical of the D800 quality issues but there is no denying when it works it works extremely well.
I sold most of my DX bodies and lenses and what I have left is the D80, Nikon 17-55 2.8 and the 18-200 VR I. These items are still up for sell unless I begin to hear the D7100 may be a consideration for my needs.
I am well invested in FX lenses (85 1.8G, 24-120 f/4G, 50 1.4G, 105 2.8, 80-200 ED-AFD and Sigma 35 1.4).
So, I am asking my comrades what do you think will be a great back-up/landscape/architecture/vacation camera?
I look forward to your opinions and assistance.
Thank you in advance!
#1. "RE: Help - Great Back Up Choice to D3S" | In response to Reply # 0PerroneFord Nikonian since 07th Apr 2011Tue 12-Mar-13 04:28 AM
Option 1: Pentax 645D. Excellent quality, weather sealed, no left focus problems, ideal for studio, architecture, etc.
Option 2: Canon 5DMk3. You can use all your Nikon glass with a $15 adapter, no focus problems since you'll be doing it yourself.
Option 3: Nikon D3x. Feels just like your D3s, but with 24MP. Excellent quality.
Option 4: D600: Uses all your glass, cheaper than D800 or D3x. Awesome image quality for the money.
Option 5: Buy a D800 and leave the focus point in the middle. Us sports guys do it all the time.
So many solid choices for you.
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#2. "RE: Help - Great Back Up Choice to D3S" | In response to Reply # 0glbarlow54 Registered since 20th Mar 2013Wed 27-Mar-13 01:50 AM
I got my D800 soon after they came out. I don't know what issues you're referring to, I haven't had a single one with mine. I simply think its the best camera there is for landscape work. I pair it up with the 16-35mm and 24-120mm - I couldn't imagine using anything else.
I pull out the D4 with the 24-70 and 70-200 or even the 28-300 for other work, but for landscapes the D800 with those two lens are king.
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