Pull the trigger or wait? D800

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Metaxzen
Metaxzen New Member • Posts: 21
Pull the trigger or wait? D800

I've been dreaming of buying a D800 for a while now but I am terrified that a new, better version will be coming out soon. Has anyone heard anything on when an update to the D800 might be coming? I'd rather wait 6 months and get the next best thing... Thoughts?

Ps - Hi! I've been lurking for a while. Enjoy the posts here from everyone!

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Event_shooter Senior Member • Posts: 1,083
Re: Pull the trigger or wait? D800
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There are certain products that come along and hold up even though other products come after. Like the VW bug, if you bought one and the next 7 models came out your still good. Like the Mac pro, I bought top of the line in 2008 and it served me well till 2014 and I never missed a beat.

The D800 is one of those products. I got the D800e and the D4 at the same time, soon sold the D4 as the D800e was so much better for me.

I'm wondering really what could Nikon come out with that would make me want to upgrade. The D4 didn't do it. The D4s didn't do it, the d600 didn't etc. Canon didn't come out with anything to make me switch, Sony didn't. So I'm here with my D800E still very very happy.

The D800 is one of those products that will still be a viable competitor for years and years and years.

I think the D800 is a bargain for what you get for the price.

Buy it, shoot with it, you will never regret it.

Photofunster
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+1

I couldn't have said it better, in fewer words...

just an awesome bit of kit... Look forward to the next big surprise though...

Perhaps in another year or three...

Chas

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ZinMe Contributing Member • Posts: 763
Re: Pull the trigger or wait? D800

I wouldn't be surprised if Nikon brings the Expeed 4 platform to an FX advanced enthusiast body (ex. D800s or a D750.)   But if you don't care about FPS or buffer, I would absolutely go for a D800 now.

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mais51
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Metaxzen wrote:

I've been dreaming of buying a D800 for a while now but I am terrified that a new, better version will be coming out soon. Has anyone heard anything on when an update to the D800 might be coming? I'd rather wait 6 months and get the next best thing... Thoughts?

Ps - Hi! I've been lurking for a while. Enjoy the posts here from everyone!

Buy it enjoy it and worry about new camera in three to four years - life too short to wait.

I am pushing 63 in 5 years time I may not be able to handhold my D800, how long you think I should wait ?

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RodluvanII
RodluvanII Senior Member • Posts: 1,998
relax -> take photos
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Metaxzen wrote:

I've been dreaming of buying a D800 for a while now but I am terrified that a new, better version will be coming out soon.

Terrified? Better? Holy smokes, relax.

Many argue we've already almost reached peek-image quality for almost all practical purposes. Most certainly digital has surpassed film a long time ago. I'm certain that a new 'better' version will not make any kind of discernible difference for you other than the nagging feeling that you haven't got the 'newest gear' and that should tell you something.

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maljo@inreach.com Veteran Member • Posts: 7,125
Buy one, it's a great camera
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My favorite camera of all time...

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RodluvanII
RodluvanII Senior Member • Posts: 1,998
Great photo

nice colours and light

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dwight3
dwight3 Senior Member • Posts: 2,378
Re: Pull the trigger or wait? D800

Metaxzen wrote:

I've been dreaming of buying a D800 for a while now but I am terrified that a new, better version will be coming out soon. Has anyone heard anything on when an update to the D800 might be coming? I'd rather wait 6 months and get the next best thing... Thoughts?

I'm not a fan of waiting.

Yes, there will eventually be the next best thing coming on. But in the meantime you will not be shooting with your D800. Think of all the shots you'll miss. Even in as little as 6 months. Prime outdoor weather (at least in the Northern hemisphere).

And even when a significant update comes along, your camera will still work.

Mid-term updates seem to come along at 2 year intervals. But they're not generally significant, just tweaks. Get one now and start shooting.

Also, remember that camera bodies are disposable, but lenses are forever. Consider getting good lenses and let the bodies fall where they may.

Ps - Hi! I've been lurking for a while...

We can see that. Welcome to the forum with your first post

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bocajrs
bocajrs Senior Member • Posts: 1,632
Re: Great photo

Get one and it should serve you well for many years...it's certaintly a great piece of technology that I plan on using till it falls apart, if ever

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Jurwees Regular Member • Posts: 453
Re: Pull the trigger or wait? D800

mais51 wrote:

I am pushing 63 in 5 years time I may not be able to handhold my D800, how long you think I should wait ?

Don't be such a pessimist. I'm 67 and I don't have any problems yet handholding my D800. However, I agree that it would be a waste to postpone buying a D800.

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Rservello
Rservello Senior Member • Posts: 1,157
Re: Pull the trigger or wait? D800

It produces a damn near perfect image at 14-bit lossless. Not a lot is going to change, save a few,fundamentally pointless bells and whistles. The technology of capturing light to photosensative material hasn't changed a lot over the years. You could get a d700 today and capture phenomenal images.

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Metaxzen
Metaxzen OP New Member • Posts: 21
Re: Pull the trigger or wait? D800

You guys are awesome Thanks so much!! Very helpful

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ranalli Senior Member • Posts: 1,016
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Metaxzen wrote:

I've been dreaming of buying a D800 for a while now but I am terrified that a new, better version will be coming out soon. Has anyone heard anything on when an update to the D800 might be coming? I'd rather wait 6 months and get the next best thing... Thoughts?

Ps - Hi! I've been lurking for a while. Enjoy the posts here from everyone!

I would keep waiting.  A new camera will come out soon.  And once that camera comes out they will design another one very soon so I would say it's probably best to wait maybe 5-7 more years until the last camera comes out.

There's no point in taking pictures with a camera that is going to be outdated soon...those pictures will be no good.

kormendi_adam
kormendi_adam Contributing Member • Posts: 882
great response!

Hats off. I love to see some people still have a good sense of humor here

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romfordbluenose Senior Member • Posts: 2,194
Re: Pull the trigger or wait? D800

Metaxzen wrote:

I've been dreaming of buying a D800 for a while now but I am terrified that a new, better version will be coming out soon. Has anyone heard anything on when an update to the D800 might be coming? I'd rather wait 6 months and get the next best thing... Thoughts?

Ps - Hi! I've been lurking for a while. Enjoy the posts here from everyone!

Its a camera,perhaps an expensive one, but its still a camera. Its also a great camera. Everyday you delay means you won't be taking photos with it.

If that worries you then don't wait buy now. If it doesn't then who cares including yourself.

Decide on what camera spec. you want/need. If it exists buy it, if it doesn't wait for it to come along. Waiting for an upgrade you don't need makes no sense.

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axcentphoto
axcentphoto Senior Member • Posts: 1,392
Re: Pull the trigger or wait? D800

My D800 is one year old and I still love it! The replacement for the D800 won't come out for another year or longer. And I really don't need 54 MP! Go for it!...Brent

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Humours Dip Senior Member • Posts: 1,352
Re: Pull the trigger or wait? D800

The D800 was released 2 years ago, so on current trends expect a minor refresh soon, and a replacement in 2 years. You need to ask yourself what you want, what you are prepared to pay, the cost of waiting, and need.

I kept my D200 for 8 years before upgrading to a D600. The image quality is astonishing. No doubt better cameras will come along in a few years, but I don't see anything major coming along. Maybe more pixels, better video, a Canon like small RAW, nothing game changing.

If you will use it, buy one. The D800 is astounding.

larrywilson
larrywilson Veteran Member • Posts: 4,907
Re: Pull the trigger or wait? D800

Don't worry, I am 69 and still carrying my d4 plus 500mm lens mounted on a tripod.  Yes I would say to the op just get the d800 now.

Larry

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ranalli Senior Member • Posts: 1,016
Re: great response!
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kormendi_adam wrote:

Hats off. I love to see some people still have a good sense of humor here

The truth is you gotta get out and shoot and have fun with it and work on your own skills.

I bought a used D700 and still shoot with a D90.  I worked hard where I could improve my technique and post work and even though I have a lot to learn I wouldn't be any better with a D4 or D800.

Don't get me wrong the D700 offers some advantages but 8/10 photos I could do with a cheaper camera and really nice used lens...in fact I buy all my lenses used now and always am looking for old AF-D lenses.

Here's a shot I took with my D700...I don't think a D800 would have made this any better.

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