First some background ... I am a completely amateur photographer who has fallen in love with taking pictures. Have taken some courses so I know enough to be dangerous but also enough to know that I really know nothing. In the last year I moved from a Canon T1i to the Nikon D7000. I got rid of the T1i. I then upgraded to the D600. But I kept the D7000 as the reason I upgraded was, paradoxically, that I fell in love with the D7000 in a way I never did with my Canon and could see marked improvement so I wanted to take the next step. Plus Nikon reduced the price, as you know, right near Christmas so I got a nice deal, or at least I think I have.
I love the new D600 but find myself still taking the D7000 out for a spin often. It got me thinking as to why I chose one over the other. (If I know what I am going to shoot there are some technical reasons but if I don't know what I want to shoot, it is still rather random for me. ) I have noticed in my short time here that many of you have multiple cameras. How do you decide which one to take with you? If you have a higher end camera (D800 or D4), why wouldn't you always take that one with you? (As good as the D600 is, the D7000 is certainly comparable, I find myself thinking about what lens I am going to take with me and the effects I will likely be shooting but I think the separation in models is less than what I have seen from others here.)
I am just curious. Also just wanted to say that I appreciate the conversations here, they are informative and interesting.
I had a D600 and a D7000 for awhile. I also tried a Fujifilm X-E1 recently. I don't like having more than one camera, and I have finally settled on just the D600. The D7000 is slightly smaller and lighter, but not enough to offset the advantages of the D600.
I think your choice of camera will be determined by the type of things you like to photograph and by the lenses you have. I personally would preferentially use the D600 plus the 70-200/2.8, if this combination is too heavy, the 50/1.4 is a good choice. Only if you need longer "reach", I would suggest the D7000.
Since the technology has changed so quickly with DSLRs, there can be some odd sideways steps from one body to another. For example, the d5100 shoots video at 24 and 30 frames at 1080p. The d7000, which is clearly a more professional body, was released earlier and it only does 24 frames at 1080p. In a similar way, I'd been shooting with a d70 for years and loved it but I was given a d60 over the summer by someone who was upgrading. The resolution on the newer d60 was considerably greater than on my old d70, but was clearly designed as more of an entry level camera and I never cared much for it. I've had my d600 for a couple weeks and I haven't shot a frame with the other bodies. When I got the d600, I made a point of getting the 70-300mm zoom, because I'd been using a 70-200 with the d70 and d60, and I knew I'd miss that reach if I didn't have something comparable.
>I think your choice of camera will be determined by the type >of things you like to photograph and by the lenses you have. I >personally would preferentially use the D600 plus the >70-200/2.8, if this combination is too heavy, the 50/1.4 is a >good choice. Only if you need longer "reach", I >would suggest the D7000. I agree. I carry the D600 with my 24-70 2.8 on and my 85 1.8 also in the bag. I use my D7000 as a second camera when shooting sports or when I kniw I'll be primarily using a long lens while shooting nature and animals.
Right now I'm very much still on honeymoon with the D600 so I am taking it pretty much everywhere. But once I settle back in to my typical routines I'll likely reserve shooting with the D600 for most paid gigs, special events and any photography specific trips. Seems the 24-120 f4 VR is finding an almost permanent home on the D600 but I have a nice line up of FX primes too.
My DX body is now a D5100. It's a fraction of the weight and size of the D600 so I'll pack that when I need to travel light, for me that's on multi-day backcountry treks, family occasions and any time I want to be less obtrusive. I have several DX lenses like the 35mm f1.8 DX that make a great, small-kit combo with the D5100.
One scenario I will need to adapt to is wildlife shooting. My longest lens is the 80-400 VR which doesn't autofocus on my D5100 so while I typically would of taken my ex-300s on wildlife shoots, I suspect for now it'll be the D600.
Depending on price, size and weight I could foresee swapping the D5100 for a D5200, D7200 or other future DX body to regain the DX reach in a better body. I'm not so thrilled with the 5100's AF.
On my everyday bag, there's a D600 and a P7100. Actual use is pretty much 50/50. If I'm not taking the bag, at least I'm taking the P7100. Fun camera, demanding. Very capable tool. Fun to use, too. It's by any measure inferior to the DSLR, but I kinda like it...
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I have the D7k and the D700...each has it's place...
I went D700 as I really liked the pro set up on the ISO, WB, etc. on the top of the camera;however, the D7K and D600 are mirro images..
I recently shot the D600 with the battery grip and was impressed (I have the D7k) with grip as well...and found the D600 to have a great AF capability... wow !!!
I'm still in love with my D700 and would not change it for a D800 or D600 for the next few years...but, the D7K rides along on most every important shoot....with the 16MP or so, it gives great cropping ability and I enjoy it...
Pop a nice F 2.8 on each and you are shoot'n in high cotton
I recently sold my D200 and replaced it with a D600. My D300s will now become my backup camera. However the D300s will still be my primary camera for sports, wildlife, birds and aviation (anywhere where speed and reach is important).
I am still getting to know the D600, and so far I love it. If weight is not important I will always go with the D600, with 24-85 and 70-300 (or 80-200) lenses. However if I can only take one body and one lens (say, hiking in the mountains), the D300s with 18-200 wins.
Like the "Highlander" There can only be one I am just an enthusiast and use the D600 for everything now. I have my Canon A-1 Film camera with the similar lens set up as my "Back-up" when the D600 needs cleaning.
Currently just have the D7000, but looking at the D600, for full-frame.
D7000 has very similar features, but being a crop-sensor, it would be like having a 1.5x teleconverter on the D600 for focal length. I plan on keeping the D7000 for telephoto work, as it would have more range without loosing performance.
If I had both, I would think of what shots that would be taken, and then what lenses I would use, then decide on the body. Nice thing with a D600/D7000 selection: both use the same battery (also the D800)!