Sat 29-Jan-11 07:01 PM | edited Sat 29-Jan-11 11:42 PM by shawrf1
My wife has indicated that she wants to join me in my hobby and would like to commandeer my D90, which gives me the opportunity to shop for an upgrade.
I've been eyeing a full-frame for a bit now (only have Nikkor kit 18-105, 50/1.4G, and 70-300 VRII) and am about to pull the trigger on the D700 w/14-24/2.8 and 24-70/2.8 before the wife realizes that she's opened pandora's box. I've found myself shooting primarily architectural/landscapes/low-light indoors (cathedrals, etc.)/nightscapes/travel - her focus is portraits and family.
Given that the Nikon $300/$400-off camera/lens rebate is expiring very soon (read: today!), anyone have thoughts on going for it now, or waiting around for a D700 replacement?
There's nothing wrong with considering "full-frame", but unless you really need the things that a D700 will bring you, I would also consider a D7000 - and save a bit of cash along the way
Staying with DX will not lose you much for travel photography - even in low light, it's not far short of a D700 - but will result in a significantly smaller and lighter kit. You'd still be able to use the 18-105mm if you want to travel really light, and lenses like the Tokina 11-16mm and Nikkor 17-55mm could replicate the ranges of the two "FX" lenses you mention, if and when you need faster glass.
Sat 29-Jan-11 10:05 PM | edited Sat 29-Jan-11 10:40 PM by jpFoto
Don't waste another minute, get your order in! Two of your three lenses are already FX, and I am assuming that you meant the D700 with the 14-24 2.8 as opposed to the 12-24 F4 which is a DX lens.
The only downside that I can see here is that once your wife becomes proficient with the D90 and then samples your D700 with the 14-24, the 50mm 1.4 G and the 24-70 that you may have to let her commandeer that camera and then you will have to either buy another D700 or a D3S and then share the fabulous new lenses. You may also want to consider adding the 70-200 VRII to your order so that you have all of the most outstanding zooms ever made, aka "The Holy Trinity" or "The Three Kings."
You really have a big, big, problem here. (We should all be so lucky.)
Edited: I offered to buy my wife a D700 with a 50mm 1.4G, a circular polarizer, and an SB900. She declined that offer, and elected instead to purchase a coat for the same amount of money. Go figure!
Pull the trigger! Mama has opened a door for you and don't be so silly as to slam it. Give her the D90 and the 18-105 and move on. Just try not to giggle too much and do keep the poo-eating grin off your face while you're unpacking the D700 and lenses.