My wife and I have a conflict that has just(?) arisen: Envious Nikonus.
History- We bought her first Nikon, D300, 3 years ago. When we met, I had a D7000, my fourth Nikon; I previously had a D70, a Coolpix 995, and a F3 HP. She had point and shoots until I came along with my camera habit, and my penchant for Leica, which I had transferred to Lumix digital with Leica lenses.
The present- She has the D300, and a D700 b'day present (we both think the D800 is overkill for our styles.) I have the D7000 and a D600. The Lumixes are now her daughter's.
The bombshell- She has long hinted that she "really likes" my D600. Last week-end she said she wants to "use" my D600. I know what that means. She asked to "use" my 28-200G lens, and I now have only visitation rights. I like the D700, but it isn't my D600. The cameras we use are grouped by user controls; my D600 and D7000, her D700 and D300.
My quandary would be so much less if I could afford a Df, but not right now.
The D600 is hers. Give her your 7000 too and just take the 300 and 700 (although, this would be my prefernce anyway as I love my 700 and also think the 800 is overkill for what I'm shooting right now - for now). You know it's going to happen. Just do it. Then, work on saving for the Df (which she'll end up with at some point anyway, but for now...).
It's easier to keep moving cameras around than wives!
I have spent several (many) hours with the D700 this week, and am beginning to gain a new appreciation for it. In comparison to the D7000 and D600, It's more of a throw-back approach to taking a photo.
By that, I mean that It makes me feel like I'm using one of my Leicas again, with the full control that Leica photography provided at the time (1990s): Instant choices of metering technique, really convenient selection of most variables without menus, manual everything with choices assisted where desired.
This stuff is available on the D600 et al, but with one more step usually required; the D700 controls are simply more elegant.
I may offer little resistance to my honey's take-over of my cameras.
Let her have the D600, reluctantly take the D700 back and conceal your joy. Maybe you can get some "benefit" in return too.
I am baffled by the attraction of the Df. It is a digital camera made to feel like it has film in it - like a car with an automatic transmission and a faux stick shift to play with. I don't frankly think we will see a Df2 anytime soon -- or ever.
Tom _ I see you pulled off the coup and now have the D700! Smooth move!
Re: the Df, current cameras will operate in full manual control as well. My impression of the Df is that they are trying to make you think you have an old 35mm until you go to take the film out and can't get the back open! It is a camera that may -- MAY -- appeal to we of the older set. But there are fewer of us every month, and that's NOT a good business plan!
>Tom _ I see you pulled off the coup and now have the D700! >Smooth move! > Yes, and I never revealed the method behind my madness, which I'll do now: D600- I bought new for myself(Nov 2012.) D700- I bought used for her B'day/Christmas (Oct 2013.) D300- I bought used for her B'day (Oct 2011.) This camera was resurrected from the dead by Nikon-(Feb 2014.) D7000- I bought used for myself (May 2011.)
The Nikons were preceded by 4/3 system Lumix cameras with several Leica lenses. These are now the property of her daughter.
Situation now: D700 and D300- mine. D600 and D7000- hers.
The ownership issues were resolved based on UI similarities and accessories used between body types.
Although I've maintained a light hearted tone toward this varied and potentially confusing story about a group of Nikons, there is a lesson to be learned.
We didn't start out to do this, but we each now have an FX and a DX camera, both of which will share the same accessories and both of which offer very similar UIs.
Hmmmm. This is quite a saga; I should propose the story-line to the BBC. Maybe they'll produce another series like Downton Abbey, only set in rural Florida.
Thanks for the humor though I imagine it was not meant to be humorous. What is that old line? The wife says what is yours is ours and what is mine is mine. The D700 has some mighty nice features but alas, Nikon has discontinued it. Treat it like gold.
>I like the D700, but it isn't my D600. >The cameras we use are grouped by user controls; my D600 and >D7000, her D700 and D300. > >My quandary would be so much less if I could afford a Df, but >not right now. > >Any help out there?
1. Help? You don't need help. You need to be thankful you've got a partner who loves photography.
2. There's no help "out there" at all. You married her; you've got to live with her.
3. It's obviously not your D600 any more. Give that up right now.
4. Appreciate the fact that you've got a partner who loves photography.
5. Learn the obvious lesson here: she'll always want anything you've got that she feels is better than what she's got. So just get another D600 for yourself; not a D610.
6. If you ever decide to spring for a Df, buy it for her and then borrow it from her on a regular basis.
7. Enjoy the fact that you've got a partner who loves photography.
I totally agree with Howard on 1, 4, and 7. My husband has zero interest in photography. It would be so great if he did. And I would be more then happy to share my D700 with him. Maybe if I could somehow attach a wine glass to it so each time he took a picture he got a sip of wine....