In the midst of indicision

Started Mar 15, 2014 | Discussions thread
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In the midst of indicision

Like a few others, I am thinking of upgrading from my D700- which will be kept as a second body.

I mainly shoot live music events with fast lenses- I have a holy trinity of 20-35, 24-70 and 80-200 (AFD two ring version) plus 35 1.4 and 85 1.8. I use the battery grip and an sb900 gun.

Without the flash I use ISO 3200 most of the time and the results are acceptable especially if conditions are bright enough.

I do lose a LOT in the shadows, and in live music, much of the time the artist's face is in those shadows. Worse still, I find that if the stage is lit with LED lighting - especially red, all sorts of problems arise with detail and light temperature- that really stretch the capability of ISO 3200 on that body.

Another problem I seem to have is the screen. For fun I use a Fuji xe-1 and find the screen shows my results far better- I would like my new nikon work camera to have a better rear screen than my D700.

So its time to take the plunge and get another body especially as the d3s is now in my price range used.

I have been to a shop in london and handled one- it felt fantastic. I thought the screen looked good too - however they seemed to think it was the same screen as my D700- perhaps someone knows?

I was about to make up my mind, but then I looked at DXO mark comparisons, and I realised I dont really know what all those things really mean!!

I get the feeling that what I need is more dynamic range at high ISO to pull more detail out of the shadows- but DXO mark suggests that a D7100 would be an upgrade from my D700 in that respect- don't worry i'm sure it isnt- but i just dont know what is important in those charts and what isnt!!!

Everyone I have spoken to has advised to steer clear of the D800 because I would lose dynamic range at ISO 3200 - is this so? I have read the article by bythom (and not really understanding a word) suggesting that downsizing the high ISO images from the d800 produces good results at high ISO- I would like to know what that means!!

I have tried looking at comparisons on the internet but tend to find the test subjects arent at all like the conditions I take photos in.

So I am asking- is the D3s a no brainer upgrade from my D700 in that I would see a marked improvement from ISO 2000 through 6400 (because I do feel an upgrade ought to afford me an extra stop too!)

The DXO charts say yes- but then again they say yes to a new DX sensor too!

Any comments and suggestions would be most welcome.

 phonebook's gear list:phonebook's gear list
Fujifilm FinePix X100 Nikon D200 Nikon D700 Nikon D810 Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR +13 more
Nikon D3S Nikon D700 Nikon D7100 Nikon D800
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