Move to Full Frame for First DSLR ?

Started Nov 10, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: Move to Full Frame for First DSLR ?
In reply to coredumpinmars, Nov 10, 2012

coredumpinmars wrote:

Do you guys think its worth buying D600 as first DSLR (not to choose DX ) ? I have owned used mirror less /interchangeable lens cameras for last 3 years. I just think I take good photos, and if not , my wife takes amazing photos, I wish I could buy her a good camera for best times in our life (we just started living together).

1. Maintenance cost ?

Apart from lenses does it cost to maintain a DSLR , I hear a lot about sensor cleaning, etc ? Would it be required a lot ? Not to mention, each photo is now 20 MB, I better start getting storage also .

2. Learning curve ?

Does it take a lot to learn using features and getting best out of D600 ? I understand basics of photography, how aperture, shutter speed, ISO affect the picture.

3. More lenses ?

If I start with kit lenses 24-85mm VR Lens, 70-300mm VR Lens, will it cover most of things I need to shoot ? , people (family functions) , kids and places.

4. Shelf Life ?

Point and shoots are in people mobile phones , will it soon happen that we would see people using Full Frame camera's like Point and Shoots ? If so , will it happen in next 5 years ?

5. D7000 ?

I have seen reviews that D600 is 20% better images than D7000 , and can do low light and better video, Is it worth spending that $1000 for D600 compared to D7000 ?

6. D7100 ?

Would it be worth a wait for D7100 , has latest features as D5200 and with a weather proof body ?


  1. maintenance Cost : Will be +/- the same IMO ( buying FX body and lenses is much more expensive, determine your budget for DX and FX in advance and check if want to spend that amount of money on FX ... ).
  2. comparable with D7000 IMO ( shallower DOF for the same f stop compared to DX ).
  3. maybe add a 50 mm f1.8 or 1.4 ( low light ),  85 mm f1.8 ( portrait ), a SB700/901 flash
  4. IMO cell phones and mirror less camera's will gain in volume, DX will lower, FX will gain. Read Thom Hogans opinions about the future of DX and other opinions  ... (lower on the webpage under the D5200 annoncement).
  5. If you want a more budget friendly, lower weight and smaller system then the D7000/D5100/D5200/D3200 is an excellent choice
  6. Dont know , we will have to wait untill the D7100 is released.

Maybe post your question also on the FX forum for other opinions ?

Good luck with your choice.

ps : some interesting tutorial websites :
If you want to learn about CNX2 :
my photos (examples, see dpreview galleries):

 mrbr's gear list:mrbr's gear list
Fujifilm FinePix F30 Zoom Nikon D5100 Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
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