Just want to know whether anyone here is using a D90 as back-up on their D700 esp for long trips ? Currently have a D700 and planning out of town trip. A few of my friends who are Canon users usually have a full frame camera + a non-full frame.
For example, few carry their EOS 5d Mk2 with a 24-70 f2.8L and on their back-up like a EOS 40D with a 70-300 IS lens.
What you guys think about that ?
Another option for me is to buy a point and shot like a Panasonic Lumix LX3 for a back-up & use it for the wides. That way when i travel, its light and I can use the 70-300 VR lens on the D700 and the wides on the lumix. this way also I dont run the risk of getting dust in my sensor changing lens on my D700.
I think combining the D700 with a "DX" camera makes a lot of sens. I have been using a D700/24-70 plus a D200/70-200 with excellent success. This way you always have outstanding IQ with an the benefit of the longer reach of the D200. I also like to use a 1.4 or 1.7TC with the 70-200.
If it fits your budget, the D300 is the ideal DX body to match the D700. All the controls and menus are almost exactly the same. So switching from one body to the other can be done without thinking. The D90 would be a worthy second choice. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
I would say that a D300 would be ideal for nature and wildlife photographers. The camera still has impressive specs and is basically a D700 with a crop to it essentially... That would get your zoom that much closer in the action.
I personally shoot portraits and weddings so I have a couple D700s and my backup is the D90. I chose that so I can offer video mixed in with my slideshows / aka photo montages.
It really depends on your needs. The D90 is no slouch but low light shooting and so on can get to you if that is something that you really NEED.
I third the D300 as a backup. A used one can be gotten for under a $1000 - same as a new D90.
In my personal experience, after switching to D300 from the D80, I realized that the difference is night and day, and trying to go from the D700 to the D90 would be a real handicap.
However, if you are not planning to carry around the 2 bodies with 2 different lenses on them at the same time and use the D90 just in case something happens to the D700, then the D90 is the way to go.
I would rate the backups in the following order:
1) Used D300 2) D90 3) A point and shoot
For the point and shoot I would suggest something that is a bit larger, easier to handle and has VR built in like a Nikon P80 (it also has a very large zoom range 27-486mm).
When I bought my D 700 last year, I decided to keep the D 300 as a backup. I am very happy with this combination as they both are very similar in handling & layout. Also, as I have a collection of DX lens,and I feel that keeping the D300 as a backup makes sense.
Last November I was very lucky to have a trip to India and I was limited in what I could carry. So I took the D300 with an 18-200 DX which was perfect and never left the camera. I had no problems until one day at the Taj Mahal, one of the locals insisted in taking pictures with my camera and without realising it, managed to change to white balance to tungsten!!
I did think that everything looked very blue.... Happily, I shoot in RAW only and was able to save the day in NX / Lightroom!!