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nandadevieast
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p.1 #1 · D7000 or D800?


Hi,
I just signed up to figure something out for myself if you could help...
I am in the process of purchasing a new camera. Here's what can be done...
1) D7000+Sigma 17-50 2.8+Tokina 11-16+Sigma 85 1.4
2) D800+Nikkor 50 1.4
Both these combination will cost almost the same.
Which one will you choose?

Here's a link to the kind of work i do, just in case:
http://www.fluidr.com/photos/agnihot/interesting

I already own an Oly OM-D with 14 2.5, 45 1.8.
If you would like to need more info from me, will be glad to give.
regards,
nandadevieast



Aug 12, 2012 at 05:23 PM
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p.1 #2 · D7000 or D800?


1) Have you ever shot with a non-zoom before?
2a) How many megapixels do you really need for your images?
2b) Do you print large so that you need the resolution a D800 gives you?
3) Can your computer handle the large files from the D800?



Aug 12, 2012 at 05:27 PM
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p.1 #3 · D7000 or D800?


I would personally suggest going for the D800. Since you already have an OM-D, the D7000 won't be a drastic difference in terms of IQ. Whereas you might not have as much glass to start with if you go with the D800, assuming you get a good copy of it you'll be greatly rewarded with IQ (the resolution is astounding!) There's always room to grow further down the road, and with a trifecta of 1.4 primes, there's no doubt that the D800 is a good fit for you, especially judging by your portfolio.

Make the investment now, you won't regret it.



Aug 12, 2012 at 05:31 PM
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p.1 #4 · D7000 or D800?


Looks like you could enjoy the Dynamic Range of the D800. I would get a D800, 28mm & 85mm. You are using primes now so should be workable. Even if you went D7000 I would get the nikon 85mm 1.8. It is less than the sigma & I am finding it alot more consistent & reliable & it is light as. You could also look at some AI/S lenses to use with the D800.

Nice images btw



Aug 12, 2012 at 05:32 PM
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p.1 #5 · D7000 or D800?


MikeW wrote:
Looks like you could enjoy the Dynamic Range of the D800. I would get a D800, 28mm & 85mm. You are using primes now so should be workable. Even if you went D7000 I would get the nikon 85mm 1.8. It is less than the sigma & I am finding it alot more consistent & reliable & it is light as. You could also look at some AI/S lenses to use with the D800.

Nice images btw


+1



Aug 12, 2012 at 05:46 PM
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p.1 #6 · D7000 or D800?


Focusing strictly on IQ, what the D800 offers over the D7000 is 1) About 1 1/3 stop cleaner High ISO performance, 2) Higher resolving ability for lenses operated at their sub-optimal apertures (typically wide open), and 3) more flexibility in limiting DOF. Both sensors have about equal amounts of dynamic range at base ISO, but the D800 has 1 stop DR at the middle to high ISOs.

I noticed from your link that you shoot a lot of tightly-framed portraits. That means you'll typically be DOF limited, ie you have to stop the aperture down to increase DOF since you're shooting so close. In such cases the High ISO advantage of the D800 disappears, since based on equivalence you would have to stop the D800 down 1 1/3 stops more than the D7000 due to the DOF differences between the two sensors+focal lengths at equal framing.



Aug 12, 2012 at 05:51 PM
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p.1 #7 · D7000 or D800?


Bernie wrote:
1) Have you ever shot with a non-zoom before?
2a) How many megapixels do you really need for your images?
2b) Do you print large so that you need the resolution a D800 gives you?
3) Can your computer handle the large files from the D800?


Yes, mostly yes.
More the merrier
Plan to print big
No

Issue here, is 1) size 2) with 7000, i can buy all the lenses in the same price whereas if i go for 800, will have to pan out the investment...will have to buy slowly...
Someone who owns both:
How big does D800 feels in the hand compared to D7000? Is it like really big?
How does the equation change when you put a prime on D800...is it still bigger than D7000+17-50 2.8 zoom?



Aug 12, 2012 at 06:35 PM
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p.1 #8 · D7000 or D800?


Thanks, you have a point...
With primes, 800 may not feel too big after all...unfortunately i have no means of judging this on my own as of now.



Aug 12, 2012 at 06:37 PM
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p.1 #9 · D7000 or D800?


rangefindr wrote:
Since you already have an OM-D, the D7000 won't be a drastic difference in terms of IQ. .

Is it true? Not much difference?



Aug 12, 2012 at 06:40 PM
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p.1 #10 · D7000 or D800?


Looking at DPreview, I would say the D7000 won't give you anything you don't already have in IQ performance with that very nice olympus cam...if anything, it might be a slight IQ LOSS.

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/olympusem5 - look at pages 15-21 for IQ info. You can change compared cameras for noise performance and find that the D7000 is no better and actually has less RAW detail. D800 has comparable noise and 36mp files, but...not really worth the difference unless you need other features of a DSLR like focus tracking.

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p.1 #11 · D7000 or D800?


Good luck with your decision. You have some great images on your website! You should share them on this website, using the appropriate forums (e.g., landscape, people, etc.).
Keith W.



Aug 12, 2012 at 07:07 PM
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p.1 #12 · D7000 or D800?


D800 hands down, but don't bother with the 1.4, get the 50mm 1.8G or even better the Sigma 1.4 if you can swing it (can always upgrade later) and out of focus rendering is a priority at all.

But yes, the D800 is in a completely different league. Full frame alone is a dramatic difference on image quality and three dimensionality (largely due to shallower depth of field).

Having said that, the D7000 is the best crop camera I've ever owned. Even though it usually sits in my glove compartment as an always on me camera. With the exception of a slight decrease in image quality, it's been far more reliable than my 5DmkII ever was.



Aug 12, 2012 at 07:10 PM
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p.1 #13 · D7000 or D800?


those are terrific pictures you have on the website, nothing a 50mm cant do, so get the d800 and be done with it, take your pics to the next level.

Joe



Aug 12, 2012 at 07:17 PM
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p.1 #14 · D7000 or D800?


I don't think the OP will benefit much from any narrower DoF control....doesn't really depend on that feature much and what he/she has works fine as-is.


Aug 12, 2012 at 07:40 PM
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p.1 #15 · D7000 or D800?


It's not about narrower depth of field control.


Aug 12, 2012 at 07:51 PM
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p.1 #16 · D7000 or D800?


jamach wrote:
those are terrific pictures you have on the website, nothing a 50mm cant do, so get the d800 and be done with it, take your pics to the next level.

Joe


+1, enjoyed your website very much, you have a great eye and a wonderful sense of humor.

David



Aug 12, 2012 at 07:53 PM
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p.1 #17 · D7000 or D800?


I've always believed that lenses were more important than the body. If I were in your position, I'd buy the d7000 and lenses. But, that's if I wanted to buy today.

Since you already have a camera and lenses that are working for you, I'd suggest waiting a while to see what comes out in the next few months. The d7000 is probably due for replacement within the next year and there is a new FX camera, the d600, that is supposedly coming out this fall. IMO, it would be wise to wait a while to see what these new cameras bring to the table.

Kerry



Aug 12, 2012 at 08:11 PM
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p.1 #18 · D7000 or D800?


The D7000 has a 1.5 crop factor and will deprive you of the full width of your apparent preference for wide angle lenses. I like my D7K in part because of the "reach' it affords me for wildlife shots, but my D700 makes full use of my wide angle lenses.
Going full frame will give you more versatility, D800 or D700 if you don't need the huge files and 36mp resolution.
Your pictures are lovely!
Fred



Aug 12, 2012 at 09:36 PM
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p.1 #19 · D7000 or D800?


From the looks of your gallery get the D800 and don't look back. Your talent deserves the best.


Aug 12, 2012 at 10:18 PM
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p.1 #20 · D7000 or D800?


Quite agree that no real benefit for you moving from the OM D to the D7k, in fact with it's full weather sealing, amazing stabilisation, size, the Oly would be my preference, but if I had your talent and your eye, the only way is up and the question you really have to ask, is my current gear holding me back?
D700 and more glass or D800 if you have to make the decision now or wait and see if the D600 covers your desires.
Bare in mind though, the top line pro cameras are "only" 16/18Mp and Bob Krist has no problem shooting for National Geographic with a D7k, and it was only in the last 18 months when he moved up from the D90
Looking forward to seeing you post here (FM) on a regular basis
It has been a pleasure

tim



Aug 12, 2012 at 10:39 PM
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