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| p.1 #3 · Help me pick a full frame body |
This has been a tough question for me for the past week. I initially bought a D600 with the 24-85 kit lens at a great price ($2000), and it came with a full retail version of Lightroom 4. Having used a Canon 5D Mark II with the 24-105 L lens, I guess I expected better image quality out of the 24-85 Nikon kit lens, but it dissapointed me in comparison. I sold the 24-85 kit lens for a good price at almost $500, making my D600 effectively $1500 (price not including the free copy of Lightroom 4).
But you know how these things go - I spotted great deals on the D800 and D800E, both brand new. The D800 is going for $2465 and the D800E for $2725. These deals don't last long, but I was guaranteed one of these cameras for the next couple days.
I've played with the D800/D800E and find the handling on both cameras better than the D600, with much quicker AF operation. Other than that, I have not been able to do any direct comparisons. For the D600, I do recognize that it has a higher burst rate, and a $1000 - $1300 cheaper price tag than the D600 I got. The D600 does have 5.5 FPS, but the D800/D800E has a better AF system. But, who are we kidding? Neither are action cameras.
If I do decide to sell the D600 locally, I am confident that I am losing much money on it.
Between the D600/D800/D800E, which would you guys recommend? Is the extra money worth saving for good glass instead? I own a 85mm F1,8/G currently, and access to a 14-24mm F2.8 and a 105mm F2.8 VR in my family.
If you want an analytic answer then you have to tell us what you intend to do with the images. Are you making large prints or displaying to on an electronic screen? Is this for landscapes, studio work or football games?
But really most people buy a camera for non-technical emotional reasons, they say "how much money do I have" then buy whatever fills the budget and gives them the bragging rights they want. We can't help you there