Would this be a smart move?
I have thrown the idea around and thought about selling my D300 and 17-55 DX to fund a D700. I mainly shoot portriats in my studio and shots of my family. I have reacently found myself shooting some races at night and would like to be able to use the higher ISO. Smart move or not?
60mm 2.8 D
50mm 1.8 D
Teleconverter TC-17E II
3021 BPRO Tripod
#1. "RE: Would this be a smart move?" | In response to Reply # 0HpyCampin Registered since 07th Oct 2007Tue 06-Oct-09 08:53 AM
Personally, if it were me... i would invest in a selection of faster lenses first. You said that you "mainly" shoot portraits in studio (which the d300 is perfectly fine for) and family shots...
Is the amount of "recent" night shooting and the limitations you are feeling with the iso worth jumping right now to the D700 and the eventual NAS of the want to change your lenses over to fx format as well? Its a pretty significant dollar investment.
The racing you are shooting at night... have you been limited? If this were the only reason, then i wouldnt do it. We will always want bigger and better, but the question is...do we NEED it? I would never talk anyone out of a purchase...but just make sure that you would be doing it for the right reasons.
Whatever your decision may be, i wish you the best of luck... either way, you cant go wrong!!!
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#2. "RE: Would this be a smart move?" | In response to Reply # 0blw Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004Tue 06-Oct-09 10:22 AM | edited Tue 06-Oct-09 10:28 AM by blw
When you say "shooting some races at night" - what lens are you using for that? As a motorhead, I think of NASCAR night races when I read that phrase, and to me that means "big honkin' long lens" - in which case, a D700 isn't going to help. Sure it buys you a stop and a half of higher ISO, but you'll lose a stop of light to the TC-14E that you'll have to put on your lens to even get close to where you were in terms of reach, so you're only a half a stop better off, and you also had to buy the TC. (I guess in your case you already have a TC, but then again your TC-17 loses you a stop and a half - the same amount of light gained by the D700, plus you may have to stop down a bit to maintain IQ.)
In your studio none of this matters much. The difference in portrait focal lengths is a minor inconvenience, and your 70-200 covers all of that anyway. But when you go out to the longer focal lengths, FX is definitely something to think very carefully about.
Brian... a bicoastal Nikonian and Team Member
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#3. "RE: Would this be a smart move?" | In response to Reply # 0nwcs Registered since 15th Jan 2006Tue 06-Oct-09 01:46 PM
The first thing I think of in this economy is this: is the gain you get with the larger sensor and the stop gain in dynamic range worth the amount of money you'll have to spend to move up with corresponding gear. My quick-quick estimate is that you'd be spending $1000+ for the upgrade. Will you get $1000+ worth of benefit?
I've been tempted to upgrade because of the low noise factor, too. But every time I look at the costs in selling my stuff and buying new stuff (even if it is used) I don't think the benefits outweigh the cost.
#4. "RE: Would this be a smart move?" | In response to Reply # 0GEEJAMES Basic MemberTue 06-Oct-09 04:22 PM | edited Tue 06-Oct-09 04:41 PM by GEEJAMES
Try renting a D700 for a day and see if it is really going to deliver? My guess is you will be disappointed. In addition to the issue of reach, I am not that trilled about the D700 AF, however if you were taking about a D3 that would be another story.
#5. "RE: Would this be a smart move?" | In response to Reply # 0notes386 Nikonian since 13th May 2008Wed 07-Oct-09 09:11 PM
Go glass man... 50mm 1.8 is cheap. I used the Sigma 24-70 f/2.8 and once in a while the 70-200 and 50mm 1.4. Used the flash for the Sigma, and I think sometimes the 70-200, but 50mm was no flash...
Oh, shot from the edge of the track with the "real" pro's...
Dan, Peoria, Az
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Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G AFS IF-ED VR
AF VR-Nikkor 80-400 f4.5-5.6D
Nikkor AF-S 18-55 f3.5-5.6G VR
Sigma 24-70 f2.8 EXDG
Stroboframe bracket #350
Nikon SC-28 sync cord
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