We don't know the answer without more information, because different cameras are the "right choice" for different people. But I would ask, why do you want to switch to FF? Your camera kit will be bigger, heavier, and more expensive. What do you think you will get in return? (I've considered this question for myself and am convinced that for me a switch to FF isn't a good idea, but I know that's not true for everyone.)
If you do decide the advantages of a FF camera are worth the size and weight penalty, and the monetary cost, there are a wide range of alternatives, starting with the D700, the D800 right around the corner, D3, D3s, D3x, and D4. Each one will be the best choice for someone. So, what advantages are you hoping to get from FF? That will help point to which FF camera will best satisfy what you're looking for.
You mentioned your beloved D300. Maybe a D7000 or the rumored D400 would be right for you. Maybe not, but then you should have a good idea about why they wouldn't accomplish what you think a FF camera will.
Sun 05-Feb-12 01:50 PM | edited Sun 05-Feb-12 01:51 PM by ZoneV
If you're looking for an FX format, the D700 is the most cost effective one. Nearly all of your lenses are FX, so you aren't going to be replacing much of anything if at all. But I would wait a few days until the supposed D800 announcement before purchasing. It's supposed to be announced on Tuesday. And then if you decide to go DX again, there is still the D7000.
Sun 05-Feb-12 03:11 PM | edited Sun 05-Feb-12 03:51 PM by Barti
Thanks for your input guys...
Most of my lenses are "old school" (FX) and I can not "properly" use them with DX camera So changing won't be a problem - I don't have to replace any of my lenses (except DX fish-eye 10.5) I think the old type pro-lenses aren't worse in comparision with today's versions.
I'm gonna switch for FX, because I miss the wide end and real perspective of FF (film) camera...without crop factor.
D800 will be over my budget, I was also thinking about used D3(s), but it is too big and heavy (I had D2h and sold it)
I was using D200 for last 4 years and was quite happy with its handling, performance and the results, but now want to go FX.
I went from dx to a d700 a couple years ago but I kept the d300 out of worry if fx would be right and if I might miss my dx reach, etc. I dont think I have picked up a dx body since. Fx is so like what I remembered photography to be like, perspective, dof, handling, everything that I have since added a d3s and a d3x.
Good luck with the d700 and think about adding the grip. Not useful for everything but a great inexpensive addition.
You have already made up your mind. The D700 has about a two and a half to three stop advantage in high ISO performance over the D200. The control layout and camera menu are very similar making the transition quite easy. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
Hi Bart, I have both the D200 and D700 and still use both. You'll love the D700--for the wide angle ability of FX and for its high ISO performance which is still near or at the top of the heap. In fact, that was the reason I had upgraded to the D700. 12 mp still completely meets my needs for general work and for weddings. I can make a super sharp and beautiful 16x20 gallery print with 12mp.
For some real wide-angle fun, I have the Sigma 12-24mm--not the newest version but the one before the most recent. It has unusually low distortion for that focal range and I can use it for architecture among other things. It pairs great with the D700.
The new D800 looks amazing but the D700 is going to be an excellent, viable product for a long time. As someone said, the transition from the D200 is a not a big deal in terms of handling. It will just have you doing things you never thought of before, like taking hand-held pics at night.
The going price for a used D700 last week was $2,000. With the D800 so much more capable than the D700, how long will it be before the used price hits $1,000. I say, wait a while for a D700 used, or spring for a pre-ordered D800.
Quote >The going price for a used D700 last week was $2,000. With >the D800 so much more capable than the D700, how long will it >be before the used price hits $1,000. I say, wait a while for >a D700 used, or spring for a pre-ordered D800. Quote<<
The D700 is in such a popular "Niche" that I expect the wait for other than a trashed camera at $1,000 to be a very long one. However, there could be a perceived flood on the used market. So patience and fast action will be rewarded in picking up a mint copy at bargain price.