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snegron

Cape Coral, Florida, US
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snegron Silver Member Nikonian since 05th May 2007
Thu 25-Apr-13 11:05 PM

My apologies in advance if this topic has been covered here in some form or another.

I am in the process of upgrading from my old gear. I currently have two D200 bodies (one with less than 20 actuations as it was a back up body I never used) and two D1X's with buffer upgrades.

As far as lenses I currently own the following (all Nikon):

-35mm 2.0 AF-D (I love this sharp little lens)
-50mm 1.8 AF-D
-85mm 1.8 AF-D
-180mm 2.8 AF-ED (non D version, but probably the sharpest lens I have ever used)
-300mm 4.0 AF-S
-17-55mm 2.8 AF-S DX
-28-105mm 3.5/4.5 AF-D
-80-200mm 2.8 AF-D
-Manual focus AIS: 24mm 2.8, 35mm 2.0, 50mm 1.4, 50mm 1.8, 105mm 2.5

Other Nikon gear:

-Flashes: Two SB000 speedlights
-Way too many Nikon film bodies (S2 rangefinder, F with standard prism, F with FTN Photomic finder, F2A, F3, F3HP, F100, FM2 chrome body, FM2 black body, N80, plus motor drives for all minus the S2).

Photo imaging software:

-Photoshop CS2 (I know, I should have upgraded when I had the chance; I was/am happy with this old version)

I mostly shoot people and the occasional wedding/sports and travel pics. I'm guessing that I'm shooting maybe 10 weddings per year; not my primary source of income. My only true "pro" workhorse lens is the 17-55mm 2.8 DX. I haven't upgraded since my D200 because of financial issues. Now I'm ready to upgrade, but all I can spend is near the $2,700 range. I would like the camera for all around use plus the occasional weddings.

I had originally thought about going with either a D800 or a Canon 6D with 24-105 L kit lens, but after reviewing my finances I don't think I can go with either one as I have to update to a new computer and CS6. That leaves me with less spending money, so the options now are
either a D7100 or a D600.

I am used to using DX and have gotten used to post processing my D200 images to control noise and WB issues. So, DX doesn't really hinder my workflow much as I'm used to using it. I would like to shoot FX, but I can't afford a D800 plus all the computer/software upgrades that it requires. Also, my only "pro" lens right now is my Nikon 17-55mm 2.8 AF-S DX. At some point down the road (far down the road) I will have to purchase a similar FX equivalent "pro" lens, but for now I'm stuck with what I currently own.

My impression is that the D7100 seems better built (ruggedness/weather sealing) than the D600. The D600 has a reputation of getting oil on the sensor. That detail has been nagging me ever since I started doing the research on this camera. I have read that many D600 users have not experienced this issue, but I have also read about many who have.

If I get a D7100, will I be getting a top-of-the-line pro DX body (like a D300), or is it simply a more rugged version of the D5200? Should I go with a D7100 for now (plus new computer and CS6) and wait a year or two until I can afford a D900 (or whatever FX) body? Should I go with a D600 and NX2 (not sure if it would be compatible with XP though)?


I posted a similar question on another forum and most people recommended I buy a used D700 for now. I haven't seen too many used D700's recently, so I'm not comfortable with buying used at this time.

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