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First a disclaimer; this post is not meant to start any type of "Nikon vs. Canon" war or trolling in any way, shape or form. I truly have a legitimate question.
I am in the process of upgrading from DX finally, but I'm not sure which camera to go with; either a D800 or a Canon 6D. I currently own only Nikon gear; two D200's (one of which has less than 20 shutter actuations as I purchased it new a few years ago as a back up but never needed to use it), and two D1X's with buffer upgrades (I need to buy new batteries for them as the 4 batteries I own all reached the end of their lives).
As far as lenses I currently own the following (all Nikon):
-35mm 2.0 AF-D (I love this sharp little lens)
-50mm 1.8 AF-D
-85mm 1.8 AF-D
-180mm 2.8 AF-ED (non D version, but probably the sharpest lens I have ever used)
-300mm 4.0 AF-S
-17-55mm 2.8 AF-S DX
-28-105mm 3.5/4.5 AF-D
-80-200mm 2.8 AF-D
-Manual focus AIS: 24mm 2.8, 35mm 2.0, 50mm 1.4, 50mm 1.8, 105mm 2.5
Other Nikon gear:
-Flashes: Two SB000 speedlights
-Way too many Nikon film bodies (S2 rangefinder, F with standard prism, F with FTN Photomic finder, F2A, F3, F3HP, F100, FM2 chrome body, FM2 black body, N80, plus motor drives for all minus the S2).
Photo imaging software:
-Photoshop CS2 (I know, I should have upgraded when I had the chance; I was/am happy with this old version)
I mostly shoot people and the occasional wedding/sports and travel pics. My only true "pro" workhorse lens is the 17-55mm 2.8 DX. I haven't upgraded since my D200 because of financial issues. Now I'm ready to upgrade, but all I can spend is near the $2,700 range.
My problem is that if I go with the D800 I will have to invest in another "workhorse" lens to replace my 17-55mm 2.8 DX. That would throw me off budget. The Canon 6D comes with the 24-105mm 4.0 L IS for $2,600. All I would need to purchase would be a flash which would be considerably less than a "workhorse" lens. I have read that I can use my old 17-55mm 2.8 DX on the D800 in "DX mode", but that would defeat the purpose of going full frame.
I also have to consider upgrading imaging software as well since I doubt that Camera Raw in CS2 can open D800 or D6 NEF/RAW files. I am running an older system with XP and I really don't want to spend the money upgrading my computer just to open NEF/RAW files. I'm thinking either NX2 (if I go with the D800) or Lightroom 4 (if I go with the D6). I don't want to spend $600 on CS6.
I have considered the D600 and even the D7100, but I have read a few negative reviews on the D600 (oil on the sensor and non pro-grade body). The D7100 is DX and I am trying to go full frame.
So there you have it. I'm not sure what camera to go with due to the reasons I mentioned above. What would you suggest?
Edited on Apr 13, 2013 at 04:16 PM · View previous versions