I’m heading to Costa Rica in May on a 10 day photography trip and I would like to have a camera with a newer sensor than my D90 & D300. I’ve wanted to update my D90 with the D300 replacement but picked up a used D300 last summer so I would have a second body for this trip. The closer the trip gets the more I’m convincing myself I will need higher ISO than the D90 and D300 can offer for the outings into the rain forest.
Long term I plan to stay with DX for the reach so I ruled out a purchase of the D600 (D800 out of my reach) but I have been considering renting the D800 for this trip while I wait for the D400.
The announcement of the D7100 has me rethinking this strategy. It would cost $350-400 to rent the D800 for 14+ days. I’m concerned I won’t be able to fully benefit from the D800 with just a day or two to use it before the trip.
I think I’m talking myself into a D7100. It may or may not be the D300 replacement but it would provide me with the latest Nikon sensor in time for my trip. If the D400 appears later and it has the additional features I want I can sell the D7100 and purchase the D400.
Hypothetically if it arrives later this year I don’t think I would lose much more than the $350-400 it would have cost me to rent the D800 for 14+ days. It would also provide me with the buffer (no pun intended) to let other users test out the new camera.
Does this make sense or is my judgment clouded with NAS fever?
Dave, I think that's a very sensible analysis. I, too, would be concerned about taking a camera that's entirely new to me on a big trip. Plus, do you have lenses that would work well on the FX body, or would you have to rent those, too? Or shoot the D800 in DX mode, I suppose. I don't see much downside to getting the D7100 in your case. I suspect that even if you do sell it to move up to the assumed D400 you'll be able to get a good price since the street price of new units isn't likely to drop much for a while.
Thanks for your reply this helps me along with my decision. I know it sounded good in my head and it helps to put it into writing and get other opinions besides the rolling eyes I get from my wife. I do have a 300 f/2.8 with TC’s and access to a 14 f/2.8 that would be great on the D800 but the rest of my lens collection is DX.
>Thanks for your reply this helps me along with my decision. I >know it sounded good in my head and it helps to put it into >writing and get other opinions besides the rolling eyes I get >from my wife.
Yes, one of the corollaries of NAS is WRES (wife rolling eyes syndrome). We've all been there, brother!
You can rent a lens when needed, but don't rent a camera for an important trip unless you are already familiar with it. Knowing your gear well beats all considerations for high iso performance etc etc.
Tom, that makes a lot of sense. My last 15% of doubt is quickly going away. Now I just need to decide if I want to be in the pre-order/first batch group. You know Nikon works hard to keep out all the bugs but cameras are a complex piece of equipment and it sometimes take a while to find those hidden problems.