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Yesterday, after a visit to the dentist which saw me shaking like a leaf in the chair, to cheer myself up I went for a walk with my girlfriend, dog and camera, which promptly packed in.
It's a Nikon D100; I shouldn't be surprised as it's had a fair innings. When I release the shutter it fires but jams half-open, with the mirror in the raised position.
I don't think it'll be economically viable to have it repaired; I seem to recall an initial fee of c. £100 when I bent a pin in the memory card slot shortly after buying it. I think I'd be lucky to be offered more than £200 in part exchange if it were in working order.
So, the question: what would you suggest I replace it with?
I have a modest investment in Nikon gear:
Nikon nifty-50 f/1.8
Nikon 85 manual focus
Nikon stock 28-80, 70-300
My priority is replacing the camera body and then, if I'm still in a spending mood, the stock lenses. I wouldn't say I'd never switch camp, but I think that I've invested just enough in the past to make me stay put with Nikon. So if anyone thinks the case for Canon/ Sony/ Pentax etc. is compelling, I'm open to suggestions.
I don't have a specific photographic interest so I can't say I'm mainly into landscapes or sports, but besides general purpose photography I do like a bit of architecture, low-light photography and the occasional concert. So I think that long exposure noise and high-ISO performance will be important. I'd also like to try a bit of macro.
I've always fancied a D700 which I believe has excellent performance in long exposures and high ISO's, although I stand to be corrected. I've never been particularly interested in video recording.
As for lenses, I realise that VR lenses are growing in popularity but they tend to have smaller max apertures. I think I favour a faster lens, although I've never had the opportunity to test the theory.
I've avoided setting a limit for the budget, needless to say I'm bracing myself and I think the D3s of my dreams will have to wait
That's all the relevant information I can think of, so it's over to the wise people of epz!
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I should have added that the film camera doesn't get the use it ought to. I actually forgot to mention it in my list of existing kit!
I'm not sure where I stand with regard to it and compatibility, and brand-loyalty. At the moment its main use is occasional wide-angle shots of interiors, fitting more into the frame than I could with the digital. A full-frame body would cancel that advantage.
Perhaps selling it with the stock lenses would soften the blow slightly.
You'd be lucky to get anywhere near half that in fully working order. For a trade-in, more like a third.
Are your lenses FX or DX? Do they all work ok on the F80? If any are DX, you will need a crop sensor, or you will need to replace them too if you want a full frame camera.
The D700 is a good choice, and is still holding its own price wise compared to the D600/800. A very capable camera.
Yep, D700 any day. Brilliant camera...
Yep Nick, I'm not surprised, that was just a guess. It's definitely beyond economical repair, then.
The lenses are all FX, the idea being that I'd be able to swap freely between film & digital. At least that means that I don't need to replace them all at once.
I moved from the D200 to a D700 two years ago. It is brilliant and I am not looking to change as it does everything I need. It is especially good at high ISOs.
Pay your money take your choice - both Nikon and Canon have price points on new equipment set at levels for almost any budget now.... Personally I might be thinking towards used D3, but that's only beacuse I don't own one at present
You're in for a treat as any of Nikon's current DSLRs are going to be a massive step up both in terms of resolution and low-light sensitivity. Their consumer models might disappoint in comparison in build quality and ergonomics - no top plate/second dial, but they easily beat the D100 on image quality.
The D700 is a very fine camera if you do want to go full frame, but its price has not dropped so significantly that it doesn't look like poor value against the D600, which for a little more gives you double the resolution [by area] and probably better low-light capability when downsampled. Brilliant AF system and dual card slots [although both SD] what's not to like?
Thanks Chris. Thanks everyone. I said I wasn't setting out with a budget in mind but I think we may have found it there. c. £1.5k for a body only, seems too steep for me unfortunately. I may end up spending that kind of money, but I had a gut feeling that I should be getting at least one lens as well if I do. I think a used D700 may be the way to go.
If only Camelot would sell me a Lucky Dip which was actually lucky!
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