Which full frame Nikon body is safe to buy?

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djsphynx
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Re: Which full frame Nikon body is safe to buy?

regos wrote:

I have been following all the posts for the last few weeks dealing with the D600 sensor oil/dirt issues, and D800 AF issues as well as oil issues , because I recently decided to get a full frame Nikon, in order to take advantage of my legacy Nikkor lenses in their native focal lenghts and get full frame quality.

I have a D7000 now, which somehow I have never been thrilled with, and in fact, since getting a Fuji X-P1, which has noticably better IQ at all ISO levels, I rarely choose to use the D7k, unless I need flash or telephoto. It also had the oil splatter issue, and I recently got it back from Nikon in LA, supposedly fixed. That remains to be seen, as I haven't used it enough yet to be able to verify.

In any case, I am now fully warned and have decided to not by a Nikon D600 at this time, or probably ever. What is left?  I'm equally afraid of buying a D800 or D800E. I don't need any projects, especially at these prices.

Which full frame Nikon body can I buy that has no known, serious, potentially deal breaking issues?

Skip the D600, D800 seems to be fine now (mine is), love the D3s (still use it a lot). D700 still very good though. So you could in theory just stick with what you have (unless you really want video) and spend the money on:

- A trip

- Lenses

- Self-development (courses etc)

- A good printer and paper

- More software

Personally, if it was me, I'd take a trip that was dedicated to photography. I always love heading out to Africa (for example) as I'm completely disconnected and focus solely on my photography.

YMMV of course.

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