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Aug 15, 2015 19:24 |  #1

Thought I shared about my experiences with Nikon DSLR w/ members here.

I was shooting a D7100 w/ Sigma 17-50 f/2.8 OS last year for family and hobby stuff.

Wanted to try mirrorless for smaller size. Sold all the Nikon stuff and bought a Sony A6000. Unable to find a decent compromise on a fast mid range zoom. Finally gave up, sold all the Sony A6000 stuff and went to Sony Rx100. Was not happy with handling w/ Rx100. Sold that too.

After another 2 months of searching, bought a 10-month old D800 and 85mm f/1.8g this weekend.

After about 10 months of searching and debating, I think my conclusion is:

1) If I want to snap shot, use iphone 6. Plenty good enough
2) If I want to shoot as a hobby, stick with DSLR


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Aug 15, 2015 22:43 |  #2

Congrats on coming back to the dark side. After I left Canon and switched over to Nikon it seemed like an entirely new world was opening up to me. Now that I am shooting more with my D800 and my first manual lens, a 200 f2 ED AI-S I I've also discovered a treasure trove awaits me of old Nikon glass as well. I can't ever imagine going back to shooting with Canon products after discovering how much greener the grass is in the Nikon and even the Sony camps.


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Aug 16, 2015 17:59 as a reply to  @ Thorrulz's post |  #3

I thought about going with Canon 5d3, Nikon D750 or Nikon D800. An used D800 won out for a few reasons.

1) Dynamic range (I prefer single exposure to HDR)
2) Wider AF focus coverage in the view finder (D800 > D750)
3) Price (Used D800 in good condition is cheaper than D750 or 5d3)

Glass price is pretty close. More Canon AF L-glass available on my local CL though.

Wanted D750 mainly for the smaller and lighter body, but the difference is only 150g or so. I can live with.


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Aug 16, 2015 22:42 |  #4

My journey has been a bit of fun over the past 5 years.

I've been from:
G10
G10; 40D
G10; 40D; D200
G10; 40D; 5D; D200
G10; 40D; 5D; D7000 (D200 sold shortly afterwards)
G10; 40D; 5D; D700 (D7000 sold shortly afterwards)
40D; D700; A7r (G10 and 5D sold shortly afterwards)
40D; D4; A7r (D700 sold shortly afterwards)
40D; D4

Started with a G10 new, and enjoyed myself. That is until I started browsing this forum and looking on ebay at photography gear: downhill from there.
The first used purchase was a 40D to "progress" my photography. Then because I was using F mount lenses a lot with photo finish systems for track and field athletics I got a D200 (as I had by this point started acquiring Nikon lenses).

At some point I stumbled across as 5D for a really good price so gave that a try to see what everyone was raving about (FF sensor, film like images). All I discovered was a slower body which had at least a stop, maybe two on the 40D in low light. At this stage I hadn't sold any of the previous bodies either.

Next up was a D7000 on the back of a lot of excitement about potential DR from the Exmor sensor. This prompted sale of the D200 as the D7000 did everything better. That body was good fun to use and in hindsight, not really outshone in some aspects by later bodies I've bought. It also introduced me to Nikon's AutoISO implementation which I think is the best out there (particularly in the newer bodies like the D4) and alleviated the idiotic positioning of the ISO button.

The only issue I had with the D7000 was fps and buffer depth. Options at that time in my budget were D300s, D700, D3, D3s or the brand spanking new D4. Unfortunately the pro bodies were out of my budget so following my experience with the 5D in comparison to the 40D (low sensitivity IQ mainly) I ended up with a D700 rather than a D300s. This ended up being a bigger body size jump from the D7000 than the 5D was over the 40D but the D7000 soon departed to bring me back to 3 DSLRs and the old forgotten about G10.

I was pretty happy with this setup for a while until the Sony A7 and A7r were announced. I treated myself to a new A7r (birthday present) for an experiment and was blown away by the resolution and IQ of the sensor. The 5D, G10 and most of my Canon lenses (which overlapped with F mount lenses in my cabinet) were sold off to offset some of the cost of the Sony. This was a fun camera and became my goto walkaround body with an adapted F mount 35 Art. The D700 was consigned to sport duties while the 40D was left with my trusty old Sigma 18-50 because that combo was way better IMO than I could get on the used market.

After a few motorsport events last year I got the itch again to update my main sport body - the D700. I wanted something with a bit more resolution, quicker fps potential and deeper buffer mainly. As the D700 was at this stage always been used gripped, size was not a great concern. The D810 had been released by this time and with a couple of the quirks of the D800/E sorted and having gotten accustomed to the file sizes from the A7r I was interested in a gripped D810.

For whatever reason though D4 bodies were going for really competitive prices on ebay. I would have ideally liked something in the order of 20-24mp but 16 was a good enough upgrade over 12mp. When I priced up a grip on the D810 being higher than a used low mileage D4, saw that a gripped D810 was going to be bigger and heavier than a D4 and remembered that I really did want the potential for a quicker frame rate than the D700, the D810 fell out of contention, particularly after I found a really, really good priced D4. That was October last year. The D700 went pretty soon after as the D4 proved itself to be better for me in pretty much every way. Particularly after I found the option to set the record button near the shutter release to change ISO - no more awkward fiddling trying to change ISO.

The D4 eventually proved to be so much fun for me to use that the A7r started sitting around gathering dust. I wasn't missing resolution all that much, the DR from the sensor was good enough for my uses and its low light IQ was a couple of stops better in my use. Coupled with a much nicer AutoISO and AF (which in my use was much quicker and more reliable than focus peeking and magnification) I eventually decided that the cash I could get for the A7r would be better invested in glass, so now I'm back to the D4 which gets used for everything and the unused 40D (which will probably never be sold).

What's next? Maybe a D750 sometime next year for a lighter body. Or maybe I'll manage to settle with this gear until prices of the rumoured D5 drop to a sensible level.


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Aug 28, 2015 06:29 |  #5

Welcome back to dark side ...... :)


Nikon/Fuji.
Gear is important but skills are very important :)

  
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Oct 08, 2015 12:21 |  #6

Started with some Nikon point n shoot.
Canon T2i
Canon 40d
Canon 50d
Canon 60d
Canon 5d
Nikon D90
Nikon D300
Nikon D70
Nikon D60

Wanting Nikon D700 and D300 combo for the long haul. 12mp is enough for my weddings and portraits.

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Previously had Canon 5dc / Canon 40d / Canon 60d / Canon 7d

  
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Oct 31, 2015 09:39 |  #7

Went from

Sony Point and shoot
Canon G10
Canon 40D
Canon 7D
Canon 1Dm3
Canon 5D2
Nikon d300
Nikon d610
Nikon d700

Loved the d700 so much sold the d610 to fun more glass and couldn't be happier, Shooting mostly weddings and portraits but have not had a problem with Sports and action, and love it for Concerts in low light, the noise grain just makes it work!!

Enjoy shooting with what ever you have and just have fun is what i say!


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Oct 31, 2015 18:23 |  #8

My digital dslr experience is..

Nikon D40
Nikon D7000
Nikon D600

For a combined 7 years....

Than I sold all my Nikon gear(after the D7k and D600 debacle) for Canon.

Shot the...

6D
7DmkII

Fantastic cameras, well build with absolutely no issues. In the 16 months I shot those 2 Canons I never not once cleaned the sensor. Where it's a fact of life for us Nikonians. lol

Although I don't have one complaint about the Canons, I'm glad to be back with Nikon. The D810 is phenomenal and I finally feel like a I have a solid Nikon product. I think anything less than the D810 and I would not have been happy coming off of the Canons.


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Nov 15, 2015 11:45 |  #9

liupublic wrote in post #17670223 (external link)
Thought I shared about my experiences with Nikon DSLR w/ members here.

I was shooting a D7100 w/ Sigma 17-50 f/2.8 OS last year for family and hobby stuff.

Wanted to try mirrorless for smaller size. Sold all the Nikon stuff and bought a Sony A6000. Unable to find a decent compromise on a fast mid range zoom. Finally gave up, sold all the Sony A6000 stuff and went to Sony Rx100. Was not happy with handling w/ Rx100. Sold that too.

Sounds like your hobby is "sales"! :-)


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Nov 15, 2015 15:16 |  #10

ebiggs wrote in post #17784651 (external link)
Sounds like your hobby is "sales"! :-)

It was a very hectic year. I Was not sure if I was going to stay w photography as a hobby. Trying to experiment and find the motivation again. I think I found it again. It was not the size or weight of equipment but the time needed to go shooting.


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Dec 18, 2015 00:38 |  #11

I had Canon film cameras then,
Switched to Nikon: D200, D300
switched to Canon: 20D, 30D, 40D, 5D, 1D3(one of my all time favs), 5D3, 1Dx
Switched to Nikon: D4, D810


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Dec 26, 2015 16:25 |  #12

Went from a D810 to a a7RII and am on my way back to a D810. The honeymoon is over and it was a costly experiment. Should have rented.


  
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Dec 29, 2015 12:34 |  #13

eth3rton wrote in post #17833216 (external link)
Went from a D810 to a a7RII and am on my way back to a D810. The honeymoon is over and it was a costly experiment. Should have rented.

Just curious, what didn't you like about the Sony? (Nikon guy myself but thought the new Sony's were supposed to be all that.)




  
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Dec 29, 2015 12:48 |  #14

I shoot mostly Canon but I've ben full Nikon a couple of times. The last time I was Nikon I picked up a D810 but the files sizes didn't really fit my workflow and I much preferred the ergonomics of the D700. There's too much sabre rattling over brand loyalty in the photography game. Just shoot with what makes you happy.


No photographer is as good as the simplest camera. - Edward Steichen.

  
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Dec 29, 2015 15:34 |  #15

nqjudo wrote in post #17836297 (external link)
There's too much sabre rattling over brand loyalty in the photography game. Just shoot with what makes you happy.

Brand loyality has its perks. Besides I believe a person that loves his gear makes a better photographer. After a few years with my camera it has become like an old friend. We have been through some "interesting" sometimes tough situations together.
Right now I have both. I shoot both and I like both very much. But I am not afraid to tell the truth about either.


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