I'm sure this has been asked again and again.
I use a D80 and I'm simply lukewarm concerning its IQ and low light performance. My pictures seem to have a 2 dimensional bland quality. I simply can't get pictures to pop like I did with film. Most of this is due to the camera body I use. I know this because I have used a D3 in the past and the images I took with the 35/2 were 3d-like. Yes, I can always improve technique. I've been shooting for almost 20 years so I know I can always improve. I'm also not new to using cameras and manipulating exposure. I almost exclusively use my 50/1.8 as the IQ I get is better than any other lens I have.
It really is time to make a move in my equipment or go back to film. Here are the scenarios....
D90 + 24-70
D700 + 50/1.8 (buy more as funds replenish)
D300 + used 17-55
All of these come out to be about $2500. Selling all of my DX stuff actually makes the move to a D700 more affordable. I'd be left with a flash and one lens, but I could live with that for awhile.
I basically shoot my family and anything that is interesting. A road sign, a building, landscapes, you name it I try to shoot it. I shoot in manual mode. I set the shutter, aperture, and leave the ISO on auto as my variable. My D80 rocks, but it just doesn't have the punch I'm looking for. I'm sure most D700 users went through this. Was the leap to FX worth it? Thanks for your insights.
#1. "RE: D300/90 or D700?" | In response to Reply # 0Voodoo Registered since 29th Apr 2006Mon 10-Nov-08 10:59 AM
if your not into wildlife and Need that extra reach dx gives, FX is definately worth it imo
I use d300 and d700 and at times wish some of my d300 images were shot with the d700
Thanks for sharing,
#2. "RE: D300/90 or D700?" | In response to Reply # 1KnightPhoto Nikonian since 18th Dec 2006Mon 10-Nov-08 12:14 PM
I agree with Voodoo. The high iso sensor in the D700 is pretty darn great in my limited experience as compared to my D300!
However if an FX camera had only the same iso performance and image quality as the D300 then I would choose the DX format for the FOV advantages with telephoto lenses. Or if I were the type of shooter to restrain myself to iso800 and under (I am not) where there is less difference between D300/D700 then again the D300 is probably a great option if you need the differences between it and the D90.
In thinking about it further, in your above choices I would almost consider D90/24-70 as a better short-term choice than any option involving a DX lens. With option 1 you get a future-proof FX compatible pro lens, and really a great bargain in the D90 with all features considered, its really good sensor, and a bonus in that intriguing d-movie capability.
Best regards, SteveK
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