Hi, I purchased a D800 a few months ago and am making my way to acquire more FX lenses. Right now I have a 50mm 1.8G Prime and a 70-200mm 2.8 VRII. My next lenses will be a 14-24 2.8 and a 105mm VR Micro. I will fill in the 24-70 gap eventually.
But, I currently still own a D7000 and a Tamron 17-50mm 2.8 DX.
My thought was to sell the DX body and lens and use the money to fund a new FX lens. I am having a very hard time selling the D7000 on CL or this sight. I have had to reduce my price considerably. And with the new price decreases that will happen as they phase out the V1 of the D7000 it looks like I may not get more than $750-800 for the body and about $300 on the lens.
So, for the question - - For about $1100 current value on this DX setup, should I keep it for use as a second/backup camera, or should I sell and use the $1100 to fund some of the lenses above. Is it worth having a second or a backup body. I am armature right now, but looking to get into paid real estate photography at some point. Financially I am not hard up for cash, I will fund the lenses eventually, but having that extra cushion from the sale will speed things up.
Another vote to keep it. Also, I'd suggest getting the Nikon 24-70 before the 14-24. The 24-70 is a much more versatile lens. Being such a work horse focal length range, I wouldn't consider the Tamron to be a sufficient temporary substitute for the Nikon 24-70 on the D800.
I've kept my D7000 after picking up my D800E and D4. It's small (when compared with the other two), light, and with the 18-200DX lens makes for a great 'take it anywhere' camera. And, it uses the same battery as the 800.
Before collecting my FX bodies I've used the 7000 many times with a 400 f2.8 and x2 III converter. An FX equivalent of 1200mm at f5.6 (works best at f8-11) it has allowed me to get shots from several hundred yards away on the other side of the bird reserve. At the other end of the scale I especially enjoy using the 14-24 f2.8 on the 7000, a combination which somehow just seems to work brilliantly!
So, I'd recommend keeping it - more so if you'll benefit from having a 'backup' body close to hand.
I also agree with the comments made by all the colleagues above. I bought the D800 and I love it. However, I use mostly my D7000 because of the light weight plus the ability to produce great images. I just sold my 18-200DX and purchased the 18-300DX to pair it with the D7k. I also purchased the Sigma 150-500mm for bird photopraphy to take advantage of the DX mode. This is how much I value the D7000 camera.
If you want two cameras, then keeping the one you have is cost effective.
I personally have no need for two bodies - and haven't since I had an FM and FE in 80's.
Since my D800 is also a D7000 when I use my single remaining DX lens (10.5 mm Fisheye), I saw no reason to keep it. I was happy to get $800 when I sold it a few months ago - especially since the street price for a new D7000 is now nearing $900.
Another vote to keep the D7000. I decided to keep mine for several reasons: it's much lighter than my d800 + grip combo, having a second body is useful at times and it's higher FPS makes it more suitable for shooting my son's soccer games. My son has also started to get into photography and he's been using the D7000 quite a bit recently too.
I am still waiting for my D800E to arrive. Even when it does I will keep my D7000. I see using the D7000 as a walk around camera and plan to use the D800E for studio only. The D7000 has many years of useful life and the cost of ownership is now zero. Congrats on the D800!
Well it is totally unanimous!!! KEEPING IT. Thanks for the comments everyone. Saving up for the 24-70! At least with both bodies and lenses I own I have a pretty good range until I can pick up the 24-70.