Looking at upgrading from D90: D600, D700, D800 or ... D4

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Marathon Man
Marathon Man Contributing Member • Posts: 986
Looking at upgrading from D90: D600, D700, D800 or ... D4
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Nikon would like us DX shooters to upgrade to the D600 FX format.

I would love to go FX as well.

But...

Although the D600 is almost perfect, I believe that it lacks something big in mind: those focus points all bunched up in the middle.

So...

D700? Isn't it too "old"? How's the high ISO?

D800? Way too big of RAW files, no?

D4? Perfect, of course, but too pricey, way too much.

Thoughts?

Max
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Doublehelix
Doublehelix Senior Member • Posts: 1,026
Re: Looking at upgrading from D90: D600, D700, D800 or ... D4

I made the jump from the D90 to the D800 last summer (before the D600 was available), and I am very happy with that decision. The D800 is obviously a great camera, as is the D600, but I love having the extra controls that the D800 offers.

Once small example:

After taking a shot, I can press the center button on the joystick and get an immediate 100% zoom at the focal point to check sharpness.

There are lots of similar examples where having the extra controls on the D800 makes your life easier (along with a more robust body, water proofing, etc.).

The file sizes are GIGANTIC that is for sure! I think everyone understands that they will need more HD space (which is cheap), but for me I did not anticipate the extra load those large file sizes on processing time. Importing into Lightroom and generating 1:1 previews takes forever. Large, multi-layered edits in Photoshop take forever to update and save. I am running an older quad-core processor, and within the next month or two I am building a more powerful i7 just to try and keep up.

You probably can't go wrong with either the D600 or the D800. Both are fine cameras that will serve you well for a long time to come.

Best of luck!

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b33g33
b33g33 Senior Member • Posts: 1,102
Re: Looking at upgrading from D90: D600, D700, D800 or ... D4

Marathon Man wrote:

So...

D700? Isn't it too "old"? How's the high ISO?

Max

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About 2 stops better than the D90 (I shoot up to 6400 ISO without any worries knowing I can get very clean pics after some NR).

I believe that the D800 is between 1/2 - full stop better based on circumstance. I have not had a chance to test this personally.

If you are after the best high ISO performance and don't want to pony up for the D4, a used D3s could be the ticket.

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soloryb Senior Member • Posts: 2,315
Re: Looking at upgrading from D90: D600, D700, D800 or ... D4

The D700 is a great camera (I shot it for a few years) and the files are not gargantuan. I printed hundreds of 13X19s with it.

The D800/E is a much superior camera but you pay a steep price for it in the end if you have to buy a newer more powerful system to handle its files - which are gargantuan. If you already have a powerful enough PC or Mac and sufficient memory (I'd suggest 16 GB) then spending over $3000 for the body makes sense. I did it 10-months ago (and had to invest in a new system too) and I'm extremely pleased with the camera and the highly detailed prints I can now produce.

The D4 - as you say - is pricey and I've never shot one.

Marathon Man wrote:

Nikon would like us DX shooters to upgrade to the D600 FX format.

I would love to go FX as well.

But...

Although the D600 is almost perfect, I believe that it lacks something big in mind: those focus points all bunched up in the middle.

So...

D700? Isn't it too "old"? How's the high ISO?

D800? Way too big of RAW files, no?

D4? Perfect, of course, but too pricey, way too much.

Thoughts?

Max
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