Thoughts on D700/800 combo for event shooting?

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Jogger
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Thoughts on D700/800 combo for event shooting?
6 months ago

I have a D700 and will likely be adding a D800 in the near future. But, im wondering how i will use both of them for event work.

I was thinking of the D700 24-70/2.8 for the informal or rapid snapshots (these are not likely to be printed or blown up).. and the D800 100/2 zeiss for the more formal or posed shots. I was also thinking of pairing the D700 with the 24/1.4 instead since i would have the short-tele range covered with the 100/2 lens. For larger group shots, i would probably need to put a wide on the D800.

Any thoughts?

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StillLearning
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Re: Thoughts on D700/800 combo for event shooting?
In reply to Jogger, 6 months ago

Jogger wrote:

I have a D700 and will likely be adding a D800 in the near future. But, im wondering how i will use both of them for event work.

I was thinking of the D700 24-70/2.8 for the informal or rapid snapshots (these are not likely to be printed or blown up).. and the D800 100/2 zeiss for the more formal or posed shots. I was also thinking of pairing the D700 with the 24/1.4 instead since i would have the short-tele range covered with the 100/2 lens. For larger group shots, i would probably need to put a wide on the D800.

Any thoughts?

Sounds like a good plan.  I have the same combo and they worked fine together. I used a sigma 35 on the D800 and the 70-200 on the D700 the last time I used them together for an event.

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ScottRH
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Re: Thoughts on D700/800 combo for event shooting?
In reply to StillLearning, 6 months ago

StillLearning wrote:

Jogger wrote:

I have a D700 and will likely be adding a D800 in the near future. But, im wondering how i will use both of them for event work.

I was thinking of the D700 24-70/2.8 for the informal or rapid snapshots (these are not likely to be printed or blown up).. and the D800 100/2 zeiss for the more formal or posed shots. I was also thinking of pairing the D700 with the 24/1.4 instead since i would have the short-tele range covered with the 100/2 lens. For larger group shots, i would probably need to put a wide on the D800.

Any thoughts?

Sounds like a good plan. I have the same combo and they worked fine together. I used a sigma 35 on the D800 and the 70-200 on the D700 the last time I used them together for an event.

Nice.

Looks like your D700 is doing fine at 3200 ISO.

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StillLearning
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In reply to ScottRH, 6 months ago

I started the D700 at 5000 but settled on 3200 as the optimum for me.  I found also if you isolate the subject in the frame with the D700 you don't notice the resolution difference if you keep the D800 at the wide end for the big picture approach.

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In reply to Jogger, 6 months ago

I have done group photos of up to 40 individuals with a 12MP camera and I cannot imagine needing anything more than the D610 provides. The D800 produces 45MB RAW files and the TIFF files are more than 250MB in size. When the extra resolution is wasted there is no point in dealing with the many more CF cards, longer upload times, longer batch processing times, and greater archival storage demands of these files.

Ideally I would have a camera like the D610 and the D7100 with the FX camera used with the wide angle and 24-70mm lenses and the DX camera used with the 70-200mm f2.8 lens. On the DX camera the lens functions much like a lightweight 105-300mm f2.8 VR lens.

In most situations if the FX camera fails the DX will get the job done with the 24-70mm and 70-200mm without having to resort to using the 18-35mm f3.5G or 14-24mm f2.8 lenses.

An advantage of using the D610 and the D7100 is that both use SDXC cards so only one set of cards can be used with both cameras. SDXC cards are also half the price of full size Compactflash cards and the SD card readers without the tiny pins are lot more durable.

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