I'm new to nikonians.org, but so very glad I found out about it. It's refreshing to find a forum where everyone is very friendly and helpful.
I'm looking to upgrade. I have a D80, and am looking at the D7000, only because that's what I can afford right now. In your opinion, would it be worth saving up for the D600, and if so, why?
Thanks so much.
#1. "RE: D600 vs D7000" | In response to Reply # 0dm1dave Nikonian since 12th Sep 2006Sun 02-Dec-12 07:14 PM
Welcome to Nikoinans!
To help answer your question can you tell use more about your photography.
What are you usual subjects?
Do you shoot a lot in low light?
What lenses do you use with your D80?
Both the D7000 and D600 will be a significant upgrade from your D80.
It will be helpful with future questions if you fill out the equipment portion of your user profile.
#2. "RE: D600 vs D7000" | In response to Reply # 1Sun 02-Dec-12 08:09 PM
Thanks, Dave. I neglected to fill out the equipment list.
For the most part, my usual subjects are people and pets.
About 30% of my shooting is in low light. I'd like to expand on that capability.
My lenses are 70-200 f/2.8 VR, 16-85 VR, 70-300 VR.
#3. "RE: D600 vs D7000" | In response to Reply # 2jadiniz Registered since 25th Dec 2010Mon 03-Dec-12 07:27 AM
I had a D7000 and now have a D600. One of the major pains of upgrading was loosing the wonderfull 16-85, it's a perfect match with the D7000. Take into account that the cost of upgrading to the full frame will have the added cost of getting a new general use zoom, or at least a normal and a wide prime. So, you're talking about three times the expense, while the bodies only differ by a factor of two.
Both are very capable cameras, and coming from the D80, you'll be amazed by either one. But are you up to the expense of going full-frame, knowing that involves loosing range and getting new wide and normal lenses?
Considering you have the 70-200, you might sell the other two lenses, but that will only bring not so much money. On the other hand, you can find a temporary fix getting some AF-D lenses (zooms or primes) while you save up for better glass.
The D7000 can be found at very inviting prices nowadays, new or used.
1. Good content, good aesthetics and good tecnique. On that order.
2. Light is more important than glass and pixels.
3. In the digital photography process, software is as important as gear.
#4. "RE: D600 vs D7000" | In response to Reply # 3LeeSyl Nikonian since 05th May 2011Mon 03-Dec-12 01:07 PM | edited Mon 03-Dec-12 01:12 PM by LeeSyl
If I were interested in upgrading to a newer DX body right now I'd either wait for the rumored update to the D7000 in a few months or look for a good deal on a lightly used D7000 body. The main advantage to the D600 right now, aside from FX, is of course the current technology IMO. Too, as far as FX is concerned you have two usable and good lenses. The 70-300 VR is FX. The 16-85 probably could be sold for just about what you'd pay for the FX version and that comes with the D600 kit, the 24-85. The choice is yours! Best of luck.
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#5. "RE: D600 vs D7000" | In response to Reply # 4Mon 03-Dec-12 03:18 PM
Thanks to everyone for sharing your knowledge and opinions ... very helpful and thought-provoking.
All things considered, I may looking into a slightly used 7000. I just bought the 16-85 (a demo), so I wouldn't get much back on that. The main things I need to think about are (1) cost, and (2) whichever one I get, it will be a big improvement over the D80.
Thanks again. You guys are great!
#6. "RE: D600 vs D7000" | In response to Reply # 5km6xz Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2009Mon 03-Dec-12 06:52 PM
What focal lengths do you find most effective for your pet and people shooting? You may find that adding a lower cost prime lens, either f/1.4 or 1.8 at that focal length would be a cost effective move, when getting the D7000. The D600 is more capable but to get the most out of it will require a commitment to growing a pricey lens collection. For people shots I like the 70-200 on either DX or FX. It just works for my desired perspective of people shooting and it does very well indeed on the D7000. Adding 85 1.8G would give low light shooting a real boost and is a good head, head and shoulder portrait lens.
I really like the D7000, it does everything very well but I also have the D800 which means the D7000 gets a little lonely in the camera bag, waiting for the next time I give it some exercise. I had a chance to use both Saturday night for a large formal social event at a private home, where the guest list included 2 ambassadors, the entire board of directors of a F/500 company and various opera and ballet stars. I took my bag just in case the pro hired needed some assistance. Well, he never showed up. I got 450 shots with the 800 and 250 with the 7000 and both did a fine job. There were no shots that I had regretted not using the D800 on it. We had performances in the ballroom by principle dancers of the Mariinsky Theater and a mini-opera that had a lot of non-opera fans change their mind. The women were going weak kneed over the male singer who was not only excellent but right out of central casting for the leading man or model. The female singer was stunning, in both voice and beauty. I'll post some photos taken later. I am heading out the door to fly to California....
I mentioned all this because both cameras are excellent and have strong points that fit right into your chosen subject matter. I would not hesitate to recommend the D7000 if the D600 and its lens was a stretch.
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#7. "RE: D600 vs D7000" | In response to Reply # 5ericbowles Nikonian since 25th Nov 2005Tue 04-Dec-12 12:25 PM
I think a used D7000 is a great idea. It's a very good camera and a nice step up. There are usually some listed for sale here at Nikonians. KEH.com has LN- for under $800. It's a great camera at that price.
You might try getting an IR filter for your D80 if you plan to keep it. You'll need a tripod, but the D80 has relatively weak IR filtering and will let you experiment with IR if you are interested.
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