I just spent my tax refund and upgraded from a Nikon D100 (please stop laughing) that I bought new on its release date and have been using for about 11 years…. Up to that point I was, and still am, a film shooter with my F5 (use it for B&W and Fuji Velvia 50).
My new digital configuration is:
Nikon D610 Nikon 24-120mm f/4G ED VR II Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED VR Nikon 50mm f/1.4G Nikon MB-D14 grip Nikon SB-800 (from my D100) Sigma 90mm f2.8 Macro AF (Legacy from my F5) All lens have B+W UV Haze MRC 010M Filters
This is an amazing upgrade from my D100. I am also fairly impressed with the sharpness the old Sigma 90 is producing with the D610. In fact most of my legacy Nikon F5 glass seems to work fairly well. I also just ordered Mastering the Nikon D610 and David Busch's Compact Field Guide for the Nikon D610. Looking forward to mastering this camera and the 50% voucher off the gold membership.
My main use is indoor sports shooting in low light in high school gyms – basketball and volleyball. Then some portraits, landscapes, real estate (I have seasonal rental properties in FL that I use to outsource the photo set-ups of…but no more), general outdoors and family stuff.
I have couple questions is it worth upgrading the SB-800 flash to the 910? It wouldn’t cost that much as the SB-800 seems to be worth some money on the used market. What kind of performance degradation will I see using a teleconverter on the 70-300mm? How do you think the 24-120 performs for landscapes? What wide zoom lens do you recommend for indoor real estate I was thinking about the Tokina AT-X PRO FX 16-28mm f/2.8 ~$650 or Nikon 16-35mm f/4 AF-S VR on sale for about ~$950?
I also gave the D100 with grip and a legacy 28-200mm f3.5-5.6D IF AF lens to my 13 year old daughter – so she is having fun and building up some muscles from carrying around that tank.
This is a great site and I look forward to building up my knowledge of the camera and “real” digital photography.
That's too funny! I've done exactly the same thing myself just this week. The only difference, and yes I'm including the F5 in that, is that my D100 is not able to be passed on to someone else. The electronics went mad a little while back and is seemingly possessed by Voldemorte's poltergeist. No matter, it lived a happy life. :-P
Regarding your flash, I would just try it and see how you go. The results should pretty much speak for themselves although I would guess that this upgrade would be a reasonably low value upgrade and the SB-800 will do just fine.
As for the going wider than 24mm, again I'd try it out and see. Given you've gone from DX to FX. You should see quite a difference to what you were able to get before. 24mm may well be enough for you.
My D100 went wacky also. It had not idea as to exposure. I talked to a Nikon Tech and he had me do a reset using a couple of buttons on the camera exterior and Bang, all worked great again. Unfortunately I do not remember the buttons or the sequence. Not sure what yours was doing but I would recommend you call Nikon and see what to do for a complete electronics reset. I came close at that time to junking it and it was a one minute fix at home!!! Let me know it it works out for you.
>My D100 went wacky also. It had not idea as to exposure. I >talked to a Nikon Tech and he had me do a reset using a couple >of buttons on the camera exterior and Bang, all worked great >again. Unfortunately I do not remember the buttons or the >sequence.
>My main use is indoor sports shooting in low light in high >school gyms – basketball and volleyball.
Come on over to the sports forum. You will get lots of good advice there. You camera is probably capable, but you may need some lens upgrades. Most places will not let you do on-camera flash.
>I have couple questions is it worth upgrading the SB-800 flash >to the 910? It wouldn’t cost that much as the SB-800 seems to >be worth some money on the used market.
Personally, I always recommend getting one flash at the top of the power scale. The SB-800 does that. The big advantage of the SB-910 is the much better user interface. I would love to upgrade my SB-800 to the SB-910, but I cannot justify it base on what little use the flash gets.
>What kind of >performance degradation will I see using a teleconverter on >the 70-300mm?
None of the Nikon TCs will work with this lens. Some third-party TCs may (Kenko?), but you will not be happy with the performance.
---------+---------+---------+---------+---------+ Joseph K Seattle, WA, USA
Wed 19-Feb-14 10:15 AM | edited Wed 19-Feb-14 10:16 AM by ericbowles
Welcome to Nikonians and congratulations on your new camera.
I agree that the SB-800 flash should be fine. I see no real need to upgrade.
Your lenses are in good shape as well. I was out recently shooting the D800E with the 70-300 lens. It's a good light weight zoom and VR can be very useful. It's not as sharp as more expensive lenses, but perfectly adequate with good technique and proper sharpening.
My guess is one of your biggest adjustments will be to your post processing routine. The big files of the D610 need very different editing than a D100 file. When you zoom to 100%, you are seeing a much smaller section of the image than with a D100 - so it is much more magnified. But looking at a common output size, you might want more sharpening or you might apply different types of sharpening. I also use more selective editing with newer cameras.
Don't be reluctant to use higher ISO levels. Up to ISO 1600, the D610 is excellent. Above that level you can still get great images for web use or medium sized prints.
I have the Nikon 16-35 f/4 lens and it's great. There are lots of posts about it in the Lens Forum.
There is no reason to use your UV filter for most situations. The camera sensor already blocks UV light very well. The filter serves only for protection, and in most situations the hood is adequate for protection.
Thank you for the kind welcome and pointers..I have been surfing through the sports discussions and already have found tips on helping manage the D610's short comings in low light fast paced indoors environments.
I upgraded to the SB-910 and do find the user interface much easier. I also purchased the Tokina AT-X PRO 16-28mm f/2.8 - I choose this lens over the Nikon 16-35mm VR f/4 because of the reviews noting less barrel distortion at 16-18mm.
I just upgraded to a gold membership and look forward to participating on forums and learning about the D610.
Just a quick follow-up on the copy of the Tokina 16-28mm that I purchased. It seems to have a back focusing issue that that I can’t fix with AF fine tune on my D610, so I am returning it. Even setting of -20 cannot get sharp in focus pictures. I just ordered the Nikon 16-35 f/4 VR I got it on the last day of the sale. Since I did take about 300 pictures with the Tokina it will be interesting to see how these directly compare... especially the barrel distortion.
"Cameras and lenses are simply tools to place our unique vision on film. Concentrate on equipment and you'll take technically good photographs. Concentrate on seeing the light's magic colors and your images will stir the soul." Jack Dykinga
You definitely got your money's worth out of the D100!!!!
I had that camera back in 2002 and migrated all the way from 100 to the D200, D300, D700 and D800. I think the biggest thing you will notice is how awesome your shots will look at higher ISOs. With my D100, anything over ISO 800ish was pretty terrible.