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Stick with D5100 or upgrade to D600 ?

potica69

Palm Beach, US
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potica69 Registered since 01st Nov 2013
Wed 20-Nov-13 05:37 PM | edited Thu 21-Nov-13 03:12 PM by potica69

Fellow photographers,

After 40 years of using high-end Minolta/Sony gear, last year I sold all that gear and decided to go 100% Nikon. I got a D5100, a DX 18-200mm VR zoom, and an SB-700 flash.

On the autofocus lense forum here, I inquired about my 18-200 lense and asked what other lenses would yield sharper images. I was given some excellent replies, and should I keep my D5100, I will get an 85mm 1.8, 16-85mm 3.5-5.6, and a 70-300mm 4.5-5.6.

Any time now, I'll be receiving a windfall inheritance, and I'll have no problem upgrading to let's say a full frame D600 or even a D800 with a good selection of lenses.

For the past 40 years I have been accustomed to using professional quality 35mm cameras with a variety of various focal length lenses and taking sharp, high quality photos, the type most non-photographers consider to be outstanding compared to their inexpensive point and shoot camera and smart phone photos. I want to continue taking better than average photos, so I've taken the Nikon route.

97% of the pics I take are used to post on Facebook or various travel forums, or I send them in e-mails. I may have a few exceptional photos printed and framed, but the size would never be larger than maybe 16" x 20".

I'll soon be retiring, and I'll alternate living between the Philippines and Thailand, traveling a fair amount in both venues. I take maybe 60% people photos including portraits, and the remainder would be landscape, architectural, miscellaneous pics. I take photos purely as a hobby and never sell any pics.

Here's my question:

Is my D5100 with a few excellent Nikkor lenses adequate for my personal photo taking, or would a step up to a full frame DSLR be more beneficial?

What are the advantages of a full frame D600 compared to a D5100?

Thanks

potica69


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