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| p.3 #2 · Would you employ the D600 for wedding duty? |
I'm looking to pick up a full frame body in the next couple months to be my primary body for weddings with my D7000 pulling backup duty. I don't really think I need a D800. I don't really have the need for the eleventy billion MP and the extra 12 AF points don't really make me foam at the mouth either. I love the ergonomics of the D7000 so I'll like the D600 there as well. I know the D800 has better build quality. I know the IQ is no reason at all for concern but I wonder if the consumer level build quality of the D600 is enough to handle the workhorseness required for weddings? Your thoughts? TIA.
I can't imagine why a d600 wouldn't work just fine for weddings. I can remember more than a few guys using a pair of d70's for their weddings and doing quite well. IMO, your d7000 is more than adequate to the task.
That is not to say that there aren't benefits to using the various other Nikon bodies available, both DX and FX. The camera feature list can be important, making your life easier and able to withstand more punishment. But, a lot of that stuff is often creature comfort, rather than necessity, excepting the extremes of course.
I feel quite comfortable in saying that a skilled photographer could do quite well with weddings, shooting any of Nikon's current lineup. The d3200 might be an exception to that, because I have no experience with it. But, I wouldn't hesitate to use a d5100 or d7000. Certainly any of the FX bodies would be just fine. From what I've seen, the IQ from most any modern camera is just miles ahead of what was the absolute best, just a few years ago.
I'd say, pick the body that is a comfortable fit for your hands and wallet and don't worry about it. But, that presumes that you have the lenses that you need. I believe that good glass trumps any body. If you need good glass, then I'd suggest buying another d7k for backup, good glass and maybe some speedlights, if you don't have any.
One thing to consider. If you encounter the Bridezilla with a full Gargoyle entourage and they trash the reception hall, with your pair of d7k's somewhere underneath all of the debris, it won't cost you $4000, just to replace both bodies. You can have 2 new units the next day, for $1800, and be ready for your next wedding 24 hours later. Meanwhile, if you have insurance, maybe you'll get a check within a week or 2 or 3. If not, maybe your lawyer will be able to get Bridezilla to replace your cameras within a few months....