Did Nikon screw up?

Started May 22, 2013 | Discussions thread
Grevture Veteran Member • Posts: 4,188
No, you did :-)

jacobwhite wrote:

Is it worth doing the switch and spending at least 10000 on camera and glass? Nikon seemed to be getting it right with the d700/d3 duo - but now I'm not so sure...

I'm thinking long term and it seems that Canon has been more reliable for professional needs over all...

Am I the only one feeling this way?
Am I wrong?

As a D700 user requiring an update, I somehow feel screwed...

1. Switch to Canon and buy a 5DIII (too expensive to switch; what to do with all that glass)? 
2. Buy a D800 - from what I can see it seems that compared to the 5D, the D800 seems comparable on paper - but unless I'm totally wrong it seems in reality its auto-focusing is slower,

No it is not. The 5D Mark III has a more complex and more configurable AF, but in terms of speed, precision and overall usability they are very similar.

file sizes annoyingly huge

Quality really sucks, doesn't it?

at lesser image quality

What? You are seriously confused. The D800 has more resolution, and significantly more dynamic range and is more or less equal in all other aspects. How do you define image quality?

in particular colours

Dead wrong. They have different default colors in jpegs, but other then that ...

and noise

Wrong. They are rather similar, except the 5D get more color noise and banding if you try pulling up shadows or increasing exposure during post processing.

and slower.

Yeah, 4/5 images/second as compared to 6 images/second. Huge, huge difference ...

3. Buy a D600, which is a step backwards in most things except the sensor, and size. It could almost work, if it wasn't for the ridiculous AF area - all crammed in the middle, whaaaat??? And its AF speed is sloooow!

The D600 is a cheaper consumer camera which means some of its functions are going to be, well, cheaper ...

4. Buy a D4, which is heavier, bulkier, and too expensive. I'd go for this option if it wasn't so bulky, if at least I could get it without the battery grip - I never got the use of the battery grip. Changing a battery isn't that much of a problem that it would mean that the grip absolutely needs to be built-in!

A D4 looks the way it does because its main target audience wants it that way. Its design is not entirely accidental ...

Somehow the D800 is a lesser camera than the D700 - as a D700 shooter I find myself stuck with unpleasing choices

Lesser camera in what ways? I agree it is a tad slower in framerate, but other then that I cannot find one single aspect of the D700 which in any objective sense "better" then what you get with a D800.

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