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| p.2 #1 · Need help deciding on 2nd camera for Weddings. |
I would buy a D7100 if it matched the D700 in low light. However I highly doubt it will. I know the D700 CRUSHED the D7000 in low light. Half my lenses are DX and half FX. I do like the AF on the D7100. However the lack of a AA filter scares me a little with the D7100. Moire effect can be pretty ugly. I'm pretty sure the D600 will highly outperform the D7100 in low light. I use to think the D5100 did well in low light also. Until I got a D600 and compared the two. NIGHT...Show more →
The lack of a filter doesn't seem to have caused problems for D800e users. The lack of a really solid AF module on the D600 bothers me more. I have yet to run into a situation where ISO 2000 and an f2.8 zoom wasn't enough. Outside of the actual ceremony, I'm generally using flash anyway and shooting ISO 400-800. Any camera since the 1950s can handle that. I do have a couple of Sigma f1.4 lenses on hand just in case. Never needed. The ONLY reason I shoot weddings is to make money. The idea is to put money in MY pocket, not Nikon's. All of my customers have been quite happy with images from the D300, D5100, and D7000. I get referrals. My typical charge is between $1,800 and $2,200 and my customers are well educated medical personnel that work with my wife at the regional hospital. What they get are some quality photo books and a few enlargements for framing, almost always from the formals. The formals are usually shot with monolights using ISO 400. I know my customers see no difference in image quality from a D300 or D5100 and a D600, even a D800. The photo books are generally the 10 inch size. Bottom line is I don't think there's much (if any) difference in the first place, and if my customers can't see it, why on earth would I spend the extra money? I'm running a business. I've been relying on creativity and solid marketing, and it appears to be a lucrative business model. I see weddings as 10% gear and 90% creativity. Heck, I'm even shooting b&w film with cameras dating back to the 1920s--they love it! Not sure what you can tell from a 700 pixel 72 dpi posted image, but here you go.
Kent in SD