D700/D7100 or stick with D7100/D7000
I currently am shooting with a D7100/D7000 combination. I do mostly nature/landscape and portraits/family. I like to have two bodies
I've been thinking about moving to an FX body, but keeping a DX around for a backup, and for longer reach for some subject like birds.
I like the idea of the D600 (high-res FX body with familiar controls), but the price tag is probably one more upgrade away.
Anyone have some experience with this combo?
#1. "RE: D700/D7100 or stick with D7100/D7000" | In response to Reply # 0jcsocalphoto Nikonian since 18th Apr 2013Thu 05-Jun-14 07:12 PM | edited Thu 05-Jun-14 07:14 PM by jcsocalphoto
I don't have any experience with the 7100 or the 7000 (my friend has the 7100 and he loves it - it really is a nice camera), but I will say that 'familiarity' has its place and may play a part in this all. I do have the 700 and used to have the 300 (I moved from the 3 to the 7 and kept it around for a while because they are similar in controls). I eventually sold the 300 as I found I never shot it anymore and it just sat around (and I found I was frustrated when I did shoot it as it wasn't the 700!). I would never knock someone getting a D700 - I think it's a great camera. I'm sure I will replace it at some point, but not yet (and with what, I don't know that either).
If you're going for a D700, you're buying used - what's wrong with buying a used 600 or even 610? They're pretty close in price (maybe not the 610, but not far off).
One thing you might want to think about too is that the 600/610 are using the same battery and card as your 7000/7100's - I liked that about the 300/700 combo too - less to "think about" (plus with those two cameras, I used the same grip as it swapped too).
Again, I'd never knock someone getting a 700 - I love the camera (my favorite to date), but if you're used to using the 7000/7100, your learning curve is going to be less with the 600/610 body. Just my thought. I did find there was some learning curve when I first went to FX from DX too, but that you'll probably catch up with quickly (I found that the DOF on the FX was much better - and different than the DX body... I think that was my biggest complaint on the 300 after I got used to using the 700... and is why I no longer have the 300). I just bought a tele-converter for my long lens on the FX body and called it a day.
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#2. "RE: D700/D7100 or stick with D7100/D7000" | In response to Reply # 1JosephK Nikonian since 17th Apr 2006Thu 05-Jun-14 09:38 PM | edited Thu 05-Jun-14 09:40 PM by JosephK
> If you're going for a D700, you're buying used - what's
> wrong with buying a used 600 or even 610?
Jack may have the right idea here. I love my D700, but in your case an upgrade in technology might be good.
Aaron, you don't say what you are hoping to gain in the move to FX bodies. Doing so may or may not be an upgrade, depending on your desired features.
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#3. "RE: D700/D7100 or stick with D7100/D7000" | In response to Reply # 0
I just traded my wife my D600 and D7000 for her D700 and D300. That's not precisely what happened, but close enough.
I like the D700 a LOT, but I liked the D600 a LOT also.
Used, they're about the same price.
The pairs should stay together because of the control layout similarities and accessories, which interchange. In daily use, going from body to body, that is important.
We traded because she says she wants the low light performance, and because she wanted the D600 (being a woman, that's enough).
What should you do?
I really like the D700. I think that the industry will eventually settle on about 16 Mpx as the standard (like the Df), and I wish my cameras were of the current generation of sensors. But the d700 is damn good, and so is the D300; I much prefer the control layout, but I miss the U1 & U2 settings of the D600 and D7000.
Maybe I'll save my pennies and dimes (to quote the Beach Boys) and buy a Df. Of course it's control system is an even wilder departure from the D700.
Good luck to you whatever choice you make.
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#4. "RE: D700/D7100 or stick with D7100/D7000" | In response to Reply # 0
Same batteries is a plus. Similar controls is too. Of course lenses for the DX may not work too well with the DX camera but something to think about, older manual focus lenses are cheaper and work just as well if not better in some cases if you can live without auto focus. Not all Nikons will meter through the lens with these older lenses but working around that isn't a big deal. Something to check out anyway.
#5. "RE: D700/D7100 or stick with D7100/D7000" | In response to Reply # 0
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I often shoot multiple bodies and combine D200/D2X/D300 DX bodies with D700/D3 Series/D800 bodies and can easily transition from one to another with little thought because the control layouts are all very similar. Using the D70s/D3000 series bodies with any of the bodies listed above is more difficult because the control layout is significantly different. While it can be done, the transition is not seamless. I don't have a D7000 series or D600 series body ( I have used them briefly) but the control layout is different enough from the D700 that an instant transition will not be seamless.
As stated above, you would be better off getting a used D600 series body to use together with your D7000/D7100 since the control layout is very similar.
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