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| p.1 #1 · Best Nikon for Aurora/Astrophotography |
I'm finally making the jump from DX to Full Frame. I've been shooting with the D7000 for about 8 months after finally selling my film cameras. I'm loving the jump to digital, but I can't lie I miss the Pentax 645 every once in a while.
I'm on the precipice of buying the D600 but I'm having last minute hesitation. I've sold all my lenses except for the Samyang 14mm 2.8. I primarily shoot aurora, which obviously means I 90% shoot at night. In the summer, when I'm not fishing or 4-wheeling I do a little landscape photography. It's fun, but there's things I'd rather be doing with my Alaskan summer until the amazing sunsets return with end of summer/fall (Aug-Sept). I'm selling my current camera now on Ebay and I can immediately afford a D600. However, I don't really need it until the said dates said outside of a trip to Veldez and a trip to the Old Denali Highway. I hate to be without a camera so I'm feeling pressured into buying the D600 immediately. However, if I saved for another month or two I could afford something better.
So let me get to the point. Which camera is going to serve me best for night shots with sharp stars, excellent detail (which is currently limited by my Samyang but very acceptable) and brilliant color between ISO 800- ISO 1600?
Another factor is this camera is going to take some abuse. It's often -50 when I head up the Elliot highway to catch aurora without man made light. So I'm hesitant to drop $3-4K on a camera that is going to take that kind of beating. I do my best to minimize the strain by placing the camera in a small case, closing it and setting it close to the door where it can slowly warm up. I hate doing it to my D7000 and that's cheap in comparison to the upgrades I'm looking at. On the other hand, enlargement capability, increased field of view and hopefully better lens performance on the FX is too much to resist. SO, what's the best option and why?