African safari D800E backup: anything better than D610?

Started Feb 21, 2014 | Discussions thread
Devendra Veteran Member • Posts: 3,584
Re: African safari D800E backup: anything better than D610?

Dean Baird wrote:

Thom Hogan says the D800 comes off as fragile in the field (especially on safari).

I am baffled at the "fragile" comment. It is a rugged body. In fact unless your safari consists of literally banging your gear around, D800 will be an excellent camera. I took mine to India and it did just fine.

some 100% crops

I don't know what--if any--reputation the D610 has getting knocked around. Same size battery is a plus.

I plan to rent a second body for the trip. Not looking for the bulk of a D4.

You can certainly take advantage of D7100 - for extra cropping and lighter weight. As a second body it will be more than enough - may even become the primary if you are shooting wildlife in decent light.

Am I missing any standouts for a backup body contender?

Having VR in your lenses will be my advise though.

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enjoy your trip and please post pictures!!

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Nikon D200 Nikon 1 J1 Nikon D800E Sony Alpha NEX-3N
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