Upgrading from a D7k and wondering, D800 or D600?

Started Feb 7, 2013 | Discussions thread
M Lammerse
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A D700

The Battery wrote:

Hopefully this question isnt too tired (I searched but couldnt find exactly what I was looking for) but I'm basically looking for some external input on the decision...

I'm looking to upgrade in the near future to FX from my D7000 and i'm wondering which will be the right fit for me. I'm primairly weddings but do other events as well. I plan to keep my D7k as my backup body.

Hi Battery,

A (used) D700 or a new D600 is more than enough I guess.Especially if you can find a (used) D700 will give you a good and nice balance between image size, capturing speed and file size, besides build, and a good focusing system.

Buy a good lens in the 24-70mm zoom range and a good mid-range portrait lens 85mm F/1.8G for example) if you do not have them already.


I feel like this calls for a pros and cons list!

D800 Pros: (vs the D600)

  • Ergonomics, AF system, IQ, ISO

The main thing I'm interested in is the AF system. I never liked the D7k's slow AF, specifically at receptions in low light... High ISO wont be a huge deal for me since I usally make my own light and try not to get above 1600 if i can help it... If i really need to push the ISO I could just downsample to somthing like 16MP for the deliverable anyway...

D800 Cons:

  • 36MP, no U1/U2, 4fps

36MP is more then I need. I suppose it'd be nice to have incase i want to print some wall paper... My computer can handle it and I have plenty of storage, but 36MP just seems like way too much. I will shoot in the full most uncompressed RAW version possible otherwise i'll feel like i've waisted somthing, so JPEG is out of the question.

The 4fps isnt a huge drawback, but it will definitely suck. I've gotten better at timing and can usually anticipte the moment instead of spraying... Plus, if i know i'll need 6fps, i can either go into DX mode on the D800 (confirmation?) or use my D7k.

I shoot manual pretty much all the time so the U1/U2 also isnt a deal breaker but i think i will miss it mainly for being able to reset back to known settings...

Anything else I should be aware of / have missed in my pros/cons? Also, the cost difference isnt a huge deal.

Thanks in advance.

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