Nikon Camera - FX or DX

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by 68deluxe, May 31, 2013.

  1. thumperpilot

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    You got that right.

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  2. thumperpilot

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    That's what I just did. I have a D90 and upgraded to the D7100.

    I'm going to keep the D90 as a backup. It's a kick-ass camera.

    D90 with Tokina F2.8 11-16mm DX at 16mm.

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  3. Ladukebob

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    ^^^ That's great! I went with the Sigma 10-20 and love it.
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    Go for 3 and do not look back. Hide the receipt. :evil
    It will work magic on your 24 2.8.
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  5. 68deluxe

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    There is a 70-200 2.8 for sale locally on CL. It is a version 1 which I understand is great for DX but sucks on an FX camera. I could afford $1K for the used lens and $3K for the D800. Would the version 2 70-200 2.8 be a must-have over the version 1 for FX?
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  6. wxwax

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    Nobody asked me, but I think your spending priorities are perhaps backwards. Spend all you can on the lens. Worry about the body later, if at all. This all started with less-than-sharp images. That problem was your lens, not your body. It feels like you're prioritizing the wrong thing. Just my opinion, that's all.
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  7. NikonsAndVStroms

    NikonsAndVStroms Beastly Photographer

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    I'd definitely go for the VR II but with your budget you might be better going 3rd party, Sigma and Tamron both have new 2.8's now. And if you plan on using this mostly in bright light and don't need the shallow depth of field of the 2.8 the Nikkor 70-200 F4 is supposed to be extremely sharp.
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  8. wxwax

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    Last post and I'll shut up :D

    Buying off-brand and buying an F4 is moving in the wrong direction. Buy a Nikon lens, buy the best you can afford. Personally, I've had great luck buying used Canon L lenses, most of them from Fred Miranda's Buy-Sell forum.

    A top quality lens will holds its value over time. A body will decline in value constantly until ultimately it's basically worthless.

    And the lens will solve your sharpness problem. Bonus!

    ps I've had buyer's fever many a time, so I know these posts of mine are basically useless! If your mind is enchanted by the lure of a sexy new body, that's what you'll spend your money on instead of a primo lens. :lol3
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  9. 68deluxe

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    I am going to get the Nikon 70-200 F2.8, just trying to figure out if/when I will go to the FX format. I am going to try it for a while with my "ancient" D50 before I decide to stick with DX or move to FX. Fixed telephotos are out of the budget by a long shot unless I get an older manual lens.
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  10. NikonsAndVStroms

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    It all depends on what you want, you're right about top Nikon/Canon glass holding its value but sometimes the "off brands" produce lenses that are better optically than Canon/Nikon. If you plan to own the lens for 10-20 years the value at the end of that time isn't a big deal (in my opinion) which is why I have a lot of Sigma/Tamron lenses and for ultra wide angle I'm looking at Tokina. Also if you go through a reputable seller (who also provides a warranty) the 3rd party lenses can be a real steal used.

    For performance pretty much in any lens purchase you need to do a good chunk of research because even Nikon & Canon put out some so so lenses at the top of their line.
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  11. Vstrom650e

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    Keep the D50 as a backup, and spend your money on the best glass you can afford. Take the glass and mount it on a Nikon body that may not be current such as a D300. The sensor is brilliant, handles extremely fast and is pro-grade tough. A fast 2.8 Nikon lenses on a nice handling body is awesome.

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    Good luck!
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  12. 68deluxe

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    Just picked up a D700 (6500 clicks) in like new condition from a manager where I work. Gonna get the 80-200 F2.8 next month.
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    Damn, that's basically brand new :clap good luck with the new camera.
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    Thanks, the guy who sold it also has a 70-200 2.8 VRII for sale ($1900). I just started looking into the 80-200 2.8 because it is cheaper ($1100 new) and has a great reputation. He then told me that he has a 70-300 which would be much cheaper and weigh less, he advised against getting a non-VR telephoto. I am gonna wait a few weeks to get the telephoto, do some more research. For now I want to get a pro-quality 28, 35 or 50 mm, not sure I want a short zoom.
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    Poke around a bit and find an early 80-200 2.8
    Mine was only $500 on consignment from the local camera store. But it's a slower older screw AF lens.

    But yea renting a lens or two for an event like that is the way to go.
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  16. 68deluxe

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    Just ordered a 50mm 1.2 (manual focus) from Adorama. It will give me a chance to focus (no pun intended) on the basics of picture taking.

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    That thing all the way to the left will become your best friend with that lens, it's the manual focus confirmation and is tied into whatever AF point you've selected.
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  18. 68deluxe

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    Thanks. I do not yet have an owners manual for the body.
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    I just ordered the 80-200 2.8, should be here Thursday. The 70-200 2.8 will probably go on sale Friday. :lol3
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