Thinking of changing gear and looking for thoughts.

Which Option would you pick?

  • Sell both D700s, D600, & 70-200 f2.4 for two D800s & 70-200 f4

    Votes: 4 36.4%
  • Sell both D700s & 180mm f2.8 for one D800 & 70-200 f4

    Votes: 2 18.2%
  • Sell one D700, D600, & 180mm f2.8 for one D800 & 70-200 f4

    Votes: 5 45.5%
  • Sell both D700s & 180mm f2.8 for one D600 & 70-200 f4

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    11
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Decided to post this in the general area since it is about multiple bodies and lenses.

Thinking of changing things up and looking for thoughts. It’s a long post but I’ve given it a lot of thought so I figured I’d list the things I’ve come up with.

All my Nikon gear is for events; primary and backups listed below. I’m looking to add the 70-200 f4 and lighten my load; I carry it all to an event. I'm not sure I really need 3 bodies. For a while I had a D90, but as soon as I got the second D700 it sat in a bag until I sold it last year. Last time I can find an image from in was 2010. I typically shot the cocktail hour with my two D700s, 24-120mm f4 on one and 180mm on the other. I move to the 24-120mm and 16-35mm later. The D600 I use for formals/groups/etc.

I know this will not be completely $$$ neutral. But the less out of pocket the better.

So I’m considering 4 options:
  1. Sell both D700s, D600, 70-200 f2.8
    Buy 2 D800s and the 70-200 f4.

    This would give me two of the same bodies, the f4 trinity, and move my 180mm to a backup along with my 35 and 85. Only time I use the 70-200 f2.8 right now is rehearsals/ceremonies. It’s too heavy for when I carry dual bodies during a reception. It’s the main reason I bought the 180mm. Keeping the 70-200 f2.8 and getting 2 – D800 would be too much $$$.

  2. Sell both D700s and the 180mm
    Buy a D800 and the 70-200 f4.

    The D600 may not be a D800; the AF is not equal to the D700 (I believe). But it could easily handle candid shots with the 70-200 f4 during cocktails hours. And I’m sure I could make it work as a backup if the D800 went down at an event. I know this means my primary and backup are not the same and shooting with both would have some issues. But I think the two are probably a lot closer than the D300/D90 combo I once shot.

  3. Sell one D700, the D600, and the 180mm
    Buy one D800 and the 70-200 f4.

    The AF on the D700 seems better than the D600. It’s a stronger body than the D600. I have no question that I could use it as a backup to the D800. But the D600 does have better image quality.

  4. Sell both D700s and the 180mm
    Buy another D600 and the 70-200 f4.

    This would give me two of the same bodies. But I’m not convinced the AF is up to the task. Candid, formals, line dances are no problem. But in the center of the dance floor with constant motion, adults, and kids (I shoot a lot of Bar/Bat Mitzvahs) dancing/running? I have a few more events coming up before I have a little break when I plan on making a move. Are there some setting I should try that can convince me? But I would actually be on the plus side $$$.

Comments, thoughts, experiences much appreciated.
 
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Have you considered the D800 and D700 combo? That's the direction I ended up taking.
That's option 3. It would give me a solid backup. Only thing it would not do is have the same batteries between the two and have dual cards, which I must admit is a nice feeling as I have the D600 set to backup. ISO and dynamic range are better on the D600, but there is that AF and build of D700......
 
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I have the 70-200 f/4 and it would NOT be my tool of choice if I shoot weddings. I think the f/4 is just too slow for indoor events. You already have the ultimate event lens with the 70-200 2.8 so I would definitely keep that. If you want to reduce weight, I would sell the (2) D700s and replace them with (2) D600s. You'd be surprised at the weight difference. As for the D800, unless you need the extra MP and a more sturdy body, there is nothing it can do that the D600's can't. I know because I owned a D600 and now a D800 and a lot of times I wish that I have the D600 back.

Advantages of having (2) D600's = they use same SD cards, same batteries, same controls, and the shutter is WAY quieter than the D800's. Plus they're lighter.
 
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Handling-wise the D800 and D700 are very similar. It really is up to you how you shoot. The D800/D600 makes a lot of sense, but it really depends if the D600 chassis is good enough for your pro work. I had dual D800 bodies at one point, but there were things I liked about the older 12mp FX bodies that were missing from the newer D800. The D800 replaced my D3 as my main work horse, and I purchased a clean D700 as a backup. I seriously considered the D600, but that body to me is just lacking in build quality for heavy duty work. Ideally I'd love a D4/D800 combo, but for me The D800 has been a more worthwhile investment.
 
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Joseph, We'll have to agree to disagree on f4 lenses. My primary lenses are the 24-120 f4 and 16-35 f4.

Weight savings? Sorry the D600/D700/D800 weight difference is not really that much. Either the D600 or D800 would be lighter than the D700 by 8 and 6 oz respectively. But the 70-200 f4 vs 70-200 f2.8? The difference is a little over 24oz

Joseph and Jonathan

The D600 and D800 use the same batteries and can both use SD cards. And since Nikon changed the AF and Drive mode controls, the controls are actually not that far off. I was actually surprised at how close they actually are when I started looking into it. Shooting and metering mode controls are the only things I tend to use during events that I really aren't the same between the D600 and D800.

AF on my D600 is the only issue I have with it when compared to my D700s. Maybe I just don't have it setup right?

Jonathan, Yes build is a concern but being in the middle of groups of kids and adults on a dance floor is about as tough an environment as I normally shoot.
 
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I think a D800/D600 should be adequate for you. Since you're shooting for a living you should at least have a minimum D800/D700 chassis camera for a main body. The D600 is fine for a backup and does have similar handling, shared batteries and dual card slots. If you think you can get away with f/4 on the 70-200 go for it!
 
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I'm nowhere near the unfortunate dilemma you are in BUT, if I was to go FF I'd be looking for a D700 as a "beginner" FF body. I went for the option that most reflected me and my choices - keep one D700 - from what I read on here it's a phenomenal camera and should be built like a tank and last for years.
I don't know too much about the D600 - not sure I care to know about it. Like I said, I'm nowhere near your dilemma but until I get a D700 and decide it's not enough camera for me the D700 is my choice for FF.
As far as the lens goes, the 180 2.8 seems a logical choice to sell as you have the 70-200 2.8 to cover that one. Good luck!
 

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