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Need advice on camera purchase

vangophotos

Paradise Valley, US
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vangophotos Silver Member Nikonian since 01st May 2012
Mon 28-Jan-13 10:04 PM | edited Mon 28-Jan-13 10:06 PM by vangophotos

So here's my dilemma: I've been a DX shooter so far. I have a Nikon D7000 and the following lenses:
1) Tokina 11-16mm f2.8
2) Nikon 17-55mm f2.8 (my main walk-around lens)
3) Nikon 50mm f1.4
4) Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 (my second walk-around lens)
5) Nikon 105mm micro f2.8
I own a couple of 77mm filters (polarizer and ND).

I frequently shoot events / weddings / portraits to make some extra money but photography is not my profession (I work in IT).
My main interests in photography are wildlife and landscapes.

I'm planning a year long trip through the American west -> Canada -> Alaska. Lots of scenery and hopefully lots of wildlife pictures on a once in a lifetime trip.

Dilemma:

1) Do I stick with what I've got? I'm happy with the D7000 and my lenses. I'm not sure if FX and the D800 will improve my photography. My 70-200mm acts as a 300mm lens (1.5 crop factor) which is great for wildlife.

or

2) Do I invest in an FX camera like the D800 since this is a once in a lifetime trip? 36 MP and the increased range could be worth the investment?
If I do this, I can still use the DX lenses (17-55 and 11-16) on the D800, without real benefit over de D7000.

or

3) Do I stick with what I've got and invest in a good tripod + perhaps a 300mm f4 lens (which will be a 450mm lens on the D7000)?
By the way, is there a difference in sharpness between the f2.8 and the f4 version of this lens? THere's a big difference in cost, for 'just one extra stop' ...
Or do I forget about the 300mm lens and buy a 1.7x TC to use with the 70-200?

or

... ?



Thanks.

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