Buy this D800 or DF?

Started Jan 6, 2014 | Discussions thread
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en792 Contributing Member • Posts: 502
Buy this D800 or DF?

I have an online basket with a D800 sitting in it waiting for my decision. It's from an online dealer of used rental cameras. The price is $2050 and is estimated between 25-35K actuations. Firmware updated and sensor cleaned. Tested for front/back focus and some other things. I would have a 90 day warranty and a 4 day "try out" period during which I could send it back at my expense.

I shoot with 2 D700s, which I love. This year, I will be traveling to Spain and Portugal. I like shooting the inside of churches and cathedrals without flash. Some of my images from a trip to Greece and Italy went up to ISO 3200 on the D700 and were incredibly noisy. I don't want to spend that much time PPing so many images in Aperture/Nik Dfine.

It would seem that, given what I have read here that the Df would be my candidate. I am, however, not sure if I want to handle it with the 16-35 f/4 and the 24/120 f/4. And I'm not going to be getting a 24-70 2.8. Handled one in my local store and am just not sure of the ergonomics, although it only had the 50 1.8 on it. I will need to take one of the heavier lenses in and test the ergonomics with that. However, the notion of having a near-medium format camera in that body is definitely appealing, but I have some concerns:

• I don't shoot off a tripod as much as I probably should, but I don't see that changing. Consequently, to shoot at shutter speeds of 2x or 3x focal length for good resolution handheld I read is recommended, I need high ISO capabilities.

• Some say my lenses above would be good enough with the D800, some say not. I'm not going to be getting the trinity.

Getting one from B&H would give me a lot more time to evaluate the D800 and the full Nikon warranty, but saving $800 is pretty appealing. Any suggestions/comments would be most welcome, aside from Df flaming, which has been done to death.

 en792's gear list:en792's gear list
Nikon D700 Nikon Df Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm F4G ED VR Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Nikon 85mm F1.8G +7 more
Nikon D700 Nikon D800 Nikon Df
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