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| p.1 #18 · D5100 vs. D600 with same 24-70 lens - huge IQ difference? |
I think too many people discount the idea of 20+ mp sensors today by not foreseeing that there will be equivalent displays in the future. You don't take photos for the enjoyment of them today as much as you do for their enjoyment in the future. One day a 36mp photo from a D800 may be the minimum you'll be willing to display regardless of how much you did right with the equipment you had at the time. I think buy the best you can afford and enjoy the hell out of it.
How soon do you think that the future displays will have the resolution of a d800, at 7,360 × 4,912? My current display is several years old ( maybe 6 or 7 years old, can't remember ) and is 1,920 x 1,200, native. Looking at some google results, it looks like the hot monitors of today, such as the Dell u2711 is 2,560 x 1,440 and costs about $900. That doesn't seem like a huge increase in resolution, given the age of my monitor, which is an HP LP2475, considered a good monitor in its day.
Then you really need to consider TVs, since many more folks own TVs rather than high res monitors. AFAIK, the best TVs of today have lower resolution than my monitor. Seems likely to me that I'll be in the ground long before a TV will have the d800's resolution. But, I could be wrong.