Keep my D7100 for nightclub Photography or Upgrade to D610

Started Aug 19, 2014 | Discussions thread
BrettDR Contributing Member • Posts: 500
Re: Keep my D7100 for nightclub Photography or Upgrade to D610

Mikewb826 wrote:

Currently for nightclub photography I am using a D7100 with a Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 and Tamron 10-24mm f3.5 with either a 20inch softbox on a handheld boom or Gary Fong lightsphere, and a SB-700 off-camera with a Nikon SC-29 TTL Cord.

I was thinking about upgrading to the full frame D610 and purchasing the Tamron 24-70 f2.8 and sigma 35mm f1.4. I never shoot above ISO 3200 and always use a flash do you think it is worth the upgrade and I will see a huge difference in image quality especially with noise in shadows? I am also looking to do weddings in the near future and keep the 7100 as a backup as well.

Unless you just really wanna spend the money, I don't think the IQ difference between the d7100 and d610 to be all that great. The d7100 also has 51 auto focus points vs the d610 39 and focuses better in low light (-2 ev I believe?). Noise at ISO 3200 is practically nonexistent or easily correctible in post depending upon your tolerance (I limit my auto ISO to 5000 as I see 6400 as too much noise).

The Sigma 35 1.4 is a great lens and does very well in low light but is hard to shoot wide open as the depth of field is so very narrow. You'd have to stop it down to at least 2.8 to shoot well in a night club scene (never shot a night club but have used it at receptions and parties). To shoot what you are thinking, I'd keep the d7100 and pick up a 24-70 2.8 for 90% of your shots and a 70-200 2.8 for "candid" shots. You have a lot of overlap in your lens choice now (and what you are thinking of carrying) and with 24 mp this isn't really necessary IMO as you can simply crop as needed.

If you are thinking of picking up the d610 and keeping the d7100 as a second body (mount the 24-70 on the d610 and 70-200 on d7100 for example) I'd say save up for the d810 instead. While the d610 is a great camera it is not so vastly better than the d7100 that I'd buy it. Perhaps if you had a d7000 there'd be a greater IQ gain. Plus, the d810 should perform that much better in low light.

Just my $.02

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