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D700 for travel or D300?

garth_qi

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garth_qi Registered since 20th Dec 2007
Wed 07-Jan-09 04:53 PM

I'll try to keep this query from getting excessively long or complicated.

Scenario - Ordered the D700 to replace my D80 for a six month sabbatical trip, backpacking, hostels, varying climates, traveling on the cheap. Will travel will two lenses at most. Typically would carry the camera in a satchel if I didn’t have secure storage options when not photographing. My thought was the D300 or D700 would hold up better and have better low light performance than my D80 with an 18-200VR lens. I still have a few days left to return the D700 for full refund if I choose to go with the D300.

Skill Level – Enthusiast/Learning so I can capture more than snapshots.

Issue - Less the weight but the physical size of the D700. It doesn't really scream inconspicuous but maybe no DSLR does. I also think every ounce counts.

Pros of sticking with the D700 - Great sensor for low light scenarios that do not allow flash. Shooting at a higher ISO with slower lenses, with slower lenses equaling less weight in my mind. Wouldn’t accumulate more DX lenses if I made the switch now.

Cons of sticking with D700 - Lose the crop factor unless I shoot DX in FX mode. A bit more weight, a bit less packable with a compact, minimal attitude towards travel. An 800$ price difference that could be put towards lenses or other gear. The combined weight of heavier better glass with the weight of the D700 body, it could quickly add up.

Overall Thoughts - Both the D300 and D700 are better cameras than I am a photographer so I don’t know that I’ll miss the benefits of the D700 if I went to the D300. Perhaps I’m being silly and in a week or so the D80 will feel small to me rather the D700 feeling so large. I have a few more days to decide and the camera shop said I’m free to shoot with the D700 to decide.

My Question - What are your thoughts? What pros and cons do you see that I’ve missed?

Apparently I've failed at the excessively long and complicated part. Thanks for any comments! -Garth

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