Keep my D7100 for nightclub Photography or Upgrade to D610

Started Aug 19, 2014 | Discussions thread
hoof Senior Member • Posts: 1,904
Get the Sigma 18-35 F/1.8, would be my suggestion

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.

I'd suggest getting the Sigma 18-35 F/1.8.  It's a 28-53mm F/2.8 equivalent, and will give you everything the Tamron 24-70 + 610 will have, except for narrower range and no stabilization.  For nightclub photography, you need higher shutter speeds, so only the range is a drawback.

For your usages, FF won't buy you that much (except range on the 18-35).  Maybe with the F/1.4 prime you'll get that 1.2 stops advantage, but your depth-of-field would be so thin that AF accuracy might be an issue, as well as compositional issues if you don't just want one person's eye in focus ...

And considering the lighting conditions, the better autofocus in the D7100 will likely aid you better than the bigger sensor, IMO.

FF is great, but you already have the D7100, and with the 18-35mm, you get just about the same abilities, without having to fork over a bunch of money for the upgrade.

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