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Help - Great Back Up Choice to D3S


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UNIphoto2 Registered since 18th Feb 2013
Tue 12-Mar-13 03:53 AM | edited Tue 12-Mar-13 03:54 AM by UNIphoto2

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!