D300 upgrade choices?
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06-08-12, 11:53 AM
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Hi Everyone, I'm considering upgrading my D300 to an FX format body. My choices are D700, D800 or wait until the rumoured D400 and D600 are released (if they ever are!!). Two of my lenses (Sigma 10 - 20mm and Nikkor 16 - 85 mm) are DX format so if I went for a D700 I would also look to upgrade them. If I went D800, then I could retain these lenses and still get a resolution of 15Mp in DX crop mode (I know they will work with the D700 in DX crop mode but reduced to around 5Mp).
I also have the MB-D10 grip so could continue to use that on the D700. Does anyone have any real world experience of the D300, D700 and D800 and could give me some advice please. My bias at the moment is towards the D700 as I cannot see any advantage (to me anyway) of 36Mp! But the cost of a D800 vs D700 and two new lenses is going to be pretty much the same if I trade in the D300 + grip for the D800. Everything I've read about the D800 is that it is an awesome camera BUT it requires top quality glass and technique to get the best from it.
Any practical advice to help me make a decsion would be very welcome.
Can I just make a point about your last remark, that the D800 requires top quality glass and technique?
I think reviewers have said these things without realising how they sound when taken out of context. The D800 does need the best lenses and technique in order to achieve its MAXIMUM potential, but even if you don't make any changes to your technique and your lenses, and as long as your basic technique is sound, the results are still going to be a lot sharper than a D700's.
We were probably having the same discussions about the D2x versus the D3 when it first came out, but now it seems obvious the D3 was a massive step forward.
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