D600 vs d7100

Started Apr 26, 2013 | Discussions thread
chlamchowder
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In reply to paulski66, Apr 26, 2013


Combining lenses like the (new or fairly new) 18-35/3.5-4.5, 24-85/3.5-4.5, the 28/1.8, the 50/1.8, and the 85/1.8 with a D600 produces a (potential) kit which is hard to beat for any roughly equivalent DX kit, both in terms of actual price and in terms of photographic usefulness.

The only lens that you can;t replicate in the above list is the 28 1.8; wide angle primes is the one area DX will fall short on every time.

But considering that the 35 f/1.8 and 50 f/1.8 replace (roughly) the 50 & 85, and any (cheaper) DX kit lens will replace the 24-85, and that there are a number of very strong wide-to-ultra options for DX (Tokina 11-16 or 12-24, Nikon 12-24 and 10-24), with the Tokinas costing a good bit less than the new Nikkor wide angle, I think you can assemble a low-price DX kit for less money than you can an equivalent DX kit.

Assuming, of course, that you're willing to forgo the fast wide angle prime. And that's always been the sore spot now, hasn't it?

While investigating options for a full frame lens setup, one of the combos I considered was:

  • Tamron 19-35/3.5-4.5 ($100 used)
  • Nikon AF 50/1.4 ($200 used)
  • Nikon AF 80-200/2.8 screw drive, AF-D or pre-AF-D version ($500 or less)

That would pretty much cover general purpose stuff for about $900. Swap out the 50/1.4 for a 50/1.8, and use a fixed 85/1.8 AF-D instead of the 80-200, and you get:

  • Tamron 19-35/3.5-4.5 ($100)
  • Nikon AF 50/1.8 ($80)
  • Nikon AF 85/1.8 ($300)

For a total of less than $500.

With a DX kit:

  • Wideangle going down to 14mm, to match 20mm on FF..???
  • Nikon AF-S 35/1.8 G ($170 used, no aperture control during live view)
  • Nikon AF 50/1.8 ($80)

To match the cost and focal range coverage of the FX kit, you'll have to find some 14mm or wider lens for $250 or less. I don't know of an option like that. The cheapest one I see is a Sigma 10-20 for $325. It goes wider, but is more expensive. Also, consider that FF with the same aperture gives better high ISO performance.

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