What feature pleases you the most for new camera purchase

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KennethKwok Contributing Member • Posts: 998
What feature pleases you the most for new camera purchase

I have a D700 for family photos. More than enough.

But... I have been thinking of replacing the camera. Probably no good reasons.

Just want a new camera.

When I went from D300 to D700, it was very pleasing.

D700 ISO 6400 is cleaner than D300 ISO 3200.

High ISO improvement is pleasing.

The larger viewfinder is pleasing.

I regret a lot about not buying the D800 for it's Left AF bug. Despite that I do not use the Left AF all the time.

Naturally, I am considering D4s or D800s.

Some internet bloggers said D4s is much better than D800/D800E. It is very difficult to gauge how much is subjective and how much is objective.

E.g. Some say D3 is better than D700. Some say the same.

What is it that pleases you the most after a camera purchase? For me, it's high ISO improvement. We all know how much price difference there is between a F1.8 and F1.4 lens.

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Rexgig0 Veteran Member • Posts: 4,084
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I was so pleased by my first D700, I just bought a second one.

What did I like? Well, better AF than the Canon 5D, and wonderful performance at high ISO, compared to my cropped-frame Canons. I should mention that I am keeping my Canons, especially as I plan to continue using my 7D and 1D Mark II N cameras at work, where cropped-frame cameras are the norm. (evidentiary photography)

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Janoch
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Re: What feature pleases you the most for new camera purchase

Delayed shutter!

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Al Giordano
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Dynamic Range - Megapixels - AF-ON
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My Top 3:

Dynamic Range - It wasn't until I had did I know I really wanted it.  I used to struggle with DR in the Darkroom, using digital and with the D800 especially, it's a dream to be able to tone down highlights and bring up shadows in post for otherwise lost photos due to poor exposure.

Megapixels - the resolution and detail compared to my D700 and other cameras I've owned is astounding.

AF-ON - I never used it until the D800 and now I am lost without it.  Any new camera MUST have it.

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Luke Lim Forum Member • Posts: 86
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My first body was D300. It was great but it is not full frame... and I find ISO 1000 and above not as usable as I would have like.

So I got the D700 and I love the cleaner higher ISO. But the 12 MP means I can't be lazy when I shoot. The focus seemed better but D300 was no slow either. My dream would be the D3s (not D3) but cost wise not practical for me. Was waiting for D700 successor and for them to upgrade D700 to include video and better focusing and cleaner higher ISO.

But they disappointed me by releasing D800/e still I got the D800e and love the higher MP. Because it gave me more room to crop and more room to edit without losing much IQ. Love that the higher ISO is slightly better. Love the sharpness. The lower fps didn't bother me. Love that it can take video but I only used it once if at all. Love the increased dynamic range. Love the better WB especially for skin but I still have to re-touch a bit. The focus seemed better for me. The ability to focus at f/8 and low-light better than D700. Hated the SD card as I prefer CF but I still get CF in D800e. Hated they change the zoom in and out button but this is a small matter. Again D4s (not D4) is my dream. Yes if the rumored specs of D800s is true, this would have been my preferred D700 successor but I guess I am still happy with D800e.

Tkopa Regular Member • Posts: 117
Re: Dynamic Range - Megapixels - AF-ON

yes, yes, yes.

Truman Prevatt
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Re: Dynamic Range - Megapixels - AF-ON

Al Giordano wrote:

My Top 3:

Dynamic Range - It wasn't until I had did I know I really wanted it. I used to struggle with DR in the Darkroom, using digital and with the D800 especially, it's a dream to be able to tone down highlights and bring up shadows in post for otherwise lost photos due to poor exposure.

Megapixels - the resolution and detail compared to my D700 and other cameras I've owned is astounding.

AF-ON - I never used it until the D800 and now I am lost without it. Any new camera MUST have it.

I am a B&W photographer.  I spent years developing the developing skills and techniques to master matching dynamic range of the subject to that of my film.  I first tried digital with the D200 and was appalled with the lack of dynamic range of the cameras of the day.  I decided to just keep shooting film until a camera came out with sufficient resolution without an AA filter and with sufficient dynamic range to rival B&W film.

After seeing enough reviews - particularly the DXO Mark review, I decided to try the D800E.  That did it - my film days are over.  My only complaint is the D800E is a bit big and heavy.  Having sufficient dynamic range to realize my vision and the resolution to pull it off is the key to why I am very satisfied with the D800E.

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Re: What feature pleases you the most for new camera purchase

What is it that pleases you the most after a camera purchase?

The Smell after the Unpacking...

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Carsten Pauer 2 wrote:

What is it that pleases you the most after a camera purchase?

The Smell after the Unpacking...

LOL, +1

Oscar Rico
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Re: What feature pleases you the most for new camera purchase

The ON switch in all of them.

pheanix Regular Member • Posts: 211
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I moved to Nikon from Sony last month for the OVF. For my shooting style, the EVF is not an advantage.  In the process of upgrading I also gained better AF, lower noise, longer battery life, etc. The Sony and a couple lenses are still around for certain things.

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OP KennethKwok Contributing Member • Posts: 998
Re: What feature pleases you the most for new camera purchase

Oscar Rico wrote:

The ON switch in all of them.

LOL

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PHXAZCRAIG
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For ME, a new camera purchase would follow on a line of former camera purchases.  I currently have a D200, D300, D700 and D800e, all with grips.  Only the D800e gets any use now.

There are times I want a second body with me, but it has to be well-matched to the one I'm using.   A DX/FX mix didn't work for me (D300/D700).   While my D200 mixed well with my D300, the D700/D800e combo just doesn't as I invariably go for the D800e only.

So - a new camera would please me if it matches up well with the D800e, meaning FX and similar capabilities.

D800s sounds good just on that reasoning.

D800s sounds better since it improves on weaknesses of the D800e, specifically frame rate.   Been a long time since I've had to shoot at only 4fps.

Each of my last four cameras were primarily purchased because they gave me about 1 stop better low light performance, opening up more shooting opportunities around dusk.   If Nikon comes out with another camera that's yet again a stop better, I'm highly interested.   I've got enough (!) pixels, but I can always use better low light capability and faster frame rate.

Frame rate is even more important for a wildlife (DX) camera, assuming modern sensor.

Finally, I'm really really really sick of having to buy new, overly expensive batteries and chargers.  I get the large battery for grips with my cameras, other than the D200.  Nikon changes batteries on me again, I may pass on a purchase.

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ARB1
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If you're also talking about cameras other then Nikon DSLRs, I'd say I've grown to love the flip up LCD on my OMD and would like to have one on my D800.

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gina003 New Member • Posts: 2
Re: What feature pleases you the most for new camera purchase

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chuhsi Contributing Member • Posts: 999
Re: What feature pleases you the most for new camera purchase

High iso. I can shoot 12800 and use noise cancelling software to have what looks essentially like a noise free image. It's incredible.

The only reason why I would buy a new camera now is for some huge auto focus improvement like auto focus points across the entire viewfinder or instantly focusing on eyes for sharp portraits at 1.4

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