Upgrade from D300 for a poor college student?

Started Apr 7, 2013 | Discussions thread
ultimitsu Veteran Member • Posts: 6,650
Re: Upgrade from D300 for a poor college student?

AustinTed wrote:

I do believe the FX cameras are a major step up, but they are also a serious money trap.  I recommend that anybody with budget sensitivities steer clear and work on glass first (or just steer clear period).

I hold the complete opposite view. To get the same IQ, lenses cost a lot less with FF than APS-C.

There can be good bargains on some decent DX glass as well - and you have some decent DX glass already like the 17-55mm f2.8, which is very costly to replicate on FX.

This is incorrect. 17-55 F2.8 on APs-C is like a 25.5-82.5 F4.2 on FF. the 24-85 VR is faster, has more range on both end, has VR, and cost less than half that of 17-55 F2.8.

In fact brand new price for 17-55 + D300s is 600 dollar more than D600 + 24-85, the D600 combo will outperform the D300s combo in any shooting.

That said, you'd be delighted with either a D700 or D600 as long as you can also swing the cost with the right glass.

Is 50 F1.8G the right glass? Would you disagree that 50 F1.8G on D600 can easily outperform 35 F1.4G on D300?

You're shooting at a focal length of 11mm (Tokina?) on your D300, which is a 35mm equivalent of 16mm - I'm sure I don't have to tell you what the equivalent FX lens is going to cost.

the 11-16  F2.8 on aps-c is 16.5-24  F4.2 on FF, comparable FX lens is called Tokina AT-X 17-35 F4. it is incidentally the same price as 11-16 but has twice the zoom range.

The 16-28 for FF is not comparable because it is twice the speed and uses protruding front element. It has far less distortion than the 11-16 but cannot use filters. it is a lens of a different class.

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