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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Should I sell my DX kit Nikon D3200 + 55-200VR + 18-55VR? For D600 pair or D800 pair


I recently bought a DX Nikon D3200 I have 2 lenses 55-200 and a 18-55.

I spent a while in school working with film. I have had a bunch of Canon Digital cameras. I wanted to get a feel on my current interest so I spent $1000 on the D3200 plus 2 lenses. I have done some learning and I really love photography. I love the D3200 rig but I am excited to use some full frame lenses now. I specifically want a D600 or D800. I was thinking of selling or putting an ad up that would be a partial trade partial cash for a D600, D800. But then I started wondering how often does one need a back up rig? I have started getting some paid gigs and I have a bunch of full frame Nikon lenses so the transition will not be that painful for me. My only question now is, what the heck do I do with the DX rig. Its a great rig, works without issue, all like new and the pictures are fantastic but my great lenses that I have are not compatible. And do I really need a backup rig? Just trying to gauge what you guys do. And maybe I just need a pair of D800's, or D600's. I would absolutely need to trade sell the DX rig for a pair of D800's and I would have to wait on the second D800 for a bit, the D600 pair is semi doable although again I would need to sell/trade the DX rig to afford it.



Jan 18, 2013 at 02:02 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Should I sell my DX kit Nikon D3200 + 55-200VR + 18-55VR? For D600 pair or D800 pair


It's your money, do what you want with it. There's no right or wrong answer. The feel of the D600 is too different for me to consider it a backup to the D800. Backups are always nice, but you have to think of how much money are you really making? $200 a month? I'd say no. A wedding or two a month? Then you should probably have 3 cameras. Personally I'm looking to buy a D700 as a backup cam.


Jan 18, 2013 at 02:29 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Should I sell my DX kit Nikon D3200 + 55-200VR + 18-55VR? For D600 pair or D800 pair


If you're getting paid for a gig that is in any way unrepeatable, I'd say you need a backup camera without exception.

I just don't see how I could ever tell someone, "sorry, your event is important and all but my camera died so you can't have pictures of it."

Frankly, if I'm getting paid in ANY way, I have a backup camera - but it's easier to say, "sorry, we need to reschedule your portraits" than "sorry, we need to reschedule your baby shower."

If you can't swing two new rigs, a D3200 as a backup is better than no backup.



Jan 18, 2013 at 02:59 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Should I sell my DX kit Nikon D3200 + 55-200VR + 18-55VR? For D600 pair or D800 pair


If you love your D3200 definitely you'll be in love for D600. It seems that D600 is not good enough for people that were too much accustomed with pro grade cameras like D3 or D700. These people see it like a downgrade because does not have the same build quality. Coming from the entry-level D600 is a huge advancement and this camera has an unbelievable good IQ.

I personally shoot with a combo of D800 / D600 and I could not be happier. I love the compact size of D600, using it when on streets or when traveling. I do not need every time 36MP so the 24 are more convenient for a lot of situations.

If I'd be in your shoes I'd start slowly adding first a D600 and keeping D3200 as a backup. Later on I'd add a D800 selling D3200.



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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Should I sell my DX kit Nikon D3200 + 55-200VR + 18-55VR? For D600 pair or D800 pair


thanks guys yeah I agree a backup is a good thing. I am leaning in the direction of selling the d3200 plus lenses for a D600 and then getting a D800 in a few months, relegating the D600 as backup.


Jan 18, 2013 at 09:25 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Should I sell my DX kit Nikon D3200 + 55-200VR + 18-55VR? For D600 pair or D800 pair


If you're shooting professionally, I'd match your primary and backups. Enough things are different - handling, some accessories, etc. - that you'll probably benefit from consistency.


Jan 19, 2013 at 01:44 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Should I sell my DX kit Nikon D3200 + 55-200VR + 18-55VR? For D600 pair or D800 pair


Here is the way to think about it:
(1) If this is a paid job you absolutely need backup equipment and your backup must be good enough to get the images you are being paid to get.
(2) There is no reason to upgrade gear unless you can say out loud exactly what your current gear is unable to do.

When you add up the two statements above it pretty much means you want two identical mid range bodies. If you need FX or DX, I think, mostly depends on your requirements for depth of field and low light. The FX can produce a very shallow DOF if you need to and work with less light. But if you tend to shoot as f/8 mostly DX will do fine

If this is a hobby then buy whatever makes you happy, some people like owning high-end stuff even if they can't justify it and others are happy to use a Holga.

But for pro work I never understood the reason for a cheaper backup camera because if the backup can get the shots why did you wate your money on the more expensive primary. and if the backup can't get the shots it is worthless as a backup.



Jan 19, 2013 at 02:03 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Should I sell my DX kit Nikon D3200 + 55-200VR + 18-55VR? For D600 pair or D800 pair


CAlbertson wrote:
Here is the way to think about it:
(1) If this is a paid job you absolutely need backup equipment and your backup must be good enough to get the images you are being paid to get.
(2) There is no reason to upgrade gear unless you can say out loud exactly what your current gear is unable to do.

When you add up the two statements above it pretty much means you want two identical mid range bodies. If you need FX or DX, I think, mostly depends on your requirements for depth of field and low light. The FX can
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Great points. Thanks



Jan 19, 2013 at 02:16 AM





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