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    Hey everyone!

    I'm going to upgrade from my D90. The main purpose for the use of my camera is Food Photography and Travel Photography.

    I'm looking at either D7100 or D750. Would you recommend an FX body for Food Photography?

    Thanks in advance!

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    IMHO, what's more important is the lens you use. I shoot for a restaurant recently with D800 and 105mm to get close up shot!
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    I would have thought a macro lens would matter more?
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    I'm somewhat similar to your situation,
    Like to take casual food photo & travel photo.

    Not sure how you shoot, as the constraints you face will be very different.

    I shoot DX, handheld, usu F4 to F5, up to Iso1000 on typical restaurant.
    Personally i already find DX Dof to be too narrow for my personal liking.
    For the Dof i like, i will have to shoot at F11, which make handheld impossible & tripod impractical.

    On the other hand, i prefer the Dof of my PnS camera for casual food shooting,
    which i normally shoot at F2.8, Iso400.

    To improve the IQ, i am also considering my next move.
    But I am more like thinking of between 1" or m43 sensor for food.


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    Food photography would depend on angle of view you like and a short minimal focusing distance.
    which means a nice short telephoto macro lens

    what kind of travel photography do you do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ortega View Post
    Food photography would depend on angle of view you like and a short minimal focusing distance.
    which means a nice short telephoto macro lens

    what kind of travel photography do you do?
    Food photography will be something like this: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=3&theater
    I took it with D90 and a 35mm lens.

    So a 60mm AFS / AFD is definitely a good choice? I heard of people using the 60mm Micro for portrait. any views about it?

    For travel photography, it would be something like this: https://www.facebook.com/winfridw/me...5355330&type=3
    The photos were taken with a D90 with the 18-105 kit lens. The reason why i am exploring FF is to take advantage of the better image quality, light sensitivity, better bokeh etc. and also with a view that DX might be phased out by mirrorless cameras eventually.

    The price ofD D750 is tempting! Considering that it is close to D300s's price. Another point of consideration is whether the D7100 or D750 is good for northern lights?
    Last edited by winzee; 29th September 2014 at 08:43 PM.

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    For Aurora Borealis, go FX.

    You'll want the wideness and noise suppression with a FX sensor

    You can read more here
    http://ambientpixels.wordpress.com/2...-equinox-2013/

    For food, I shoot with wide angle lens (Nikon 24mm f/1.4G or Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G) and a 35mm lens (Fujifilm XF 23mm f/1.4)


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    Quote Originally Posted by winzee View Post
    Food photography will be something like this: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=3&theater
    I took it with D90 and a 35mm lens.

    So a 60mm AFS / AFD is definitely a good choice? I heard of people using the 60mm Micro for portrait. any views about it?

    For travel photography, it would be something like this: https://www.facebook.com/winfridw/me...5355330&type=3
    The photos were taken with a D90 with the 18-105 kit lens. The reason why i am exploring FF is to take advantage of the better image quality, light sensitivity, better bokeh etc. and also with a view that DX might be phased out by mirrorless cameras eventually.

    The price ofD D750 is tempting! Considering that it is close to D300s's price. Another point of consideration is whether the D7100 or D750 is good for northern lights?

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    Quote Originally Posted by winzee View Post
    Food photography will be something like this: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=3&theater
    I took it with D90 and a 35mm lens.

    So a 60mm AFS / AFD is definitely a good choice? I heard of people using the 60mm Micro for portrait. any views about it?

    For travel photography, it would be something like this: https://www.facebook.com/winfridw/me...5355330&type=3
    The photos were taken with a D90 with the 18-105 kit lens. The reason why i am exploring FF is to take advantage of the better image quality, light sensitivity, better bokeh etc. and also with a view that DX might be phased out by mirrorless cameras eventually.

    The price ofD D750 is tempting! Considering that it is close to D300s's price. Another point of consideration is whether the D7100 or D750 is good for northern lights?
    normally for food i prefer a short tele for a narrower angle of view to frame away unwanted background elements while focusing on the subject.
    60mm micro is a good choice, Nikon's macro lenses are really sharp, some say too sharp for portraits

    for travel photography, i prefer wide angle, my last trip was with a 18-35mm, 50mm and a 85mm. travel tripod and a SB400 flash
    you can see some images here
    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1437800

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    Quote Originally Posted by ortega View Post
    normally for food i prefer a short tele for a narrower angle of view to frame away unwanted background elements while focusing on the subject.
    60mm micro is a good choice, Nikon's macro lenses are really sharp, some say too sharp for portraits

    for travel photography, i prefer wide angle, my last trip was with a 18-35mm, 50mm and a 85mm. travel tripod and a SB400 flash
    you can see some images here
    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1437800
    Hmm! Your FX plus 50mm combi looks good for food!
    dilemma dilemma.. D7100 or D750!

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    Quote Originally Posted by winzee View Post
    Hmm! Your FX plus 50mm combi looks good for food!
    dilemma dilemma.. D7100 or D750!
    got to pay attn to the DOF of the FX sensor

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    Quote Originally Posted by winzee View Post
    Hmm! Your FX plus 50mm combi looks good for food!
    dilemma dilemma.. D7100 or D750!
    If you intend to do videography, consider the D750. If you only do photography, the D610 is more than enough.

    FX vs DX: The FX cameras (D610/D750) can shoot in FX and DX modes. Means you can recycle your DX lenses on FX cameras, just shooting in DX mode. But buying the D7100 means you can only shoot in DX mode or 2x crop mode, shooting in FX mode is not possible for the D7100.

    At the end of the day, even if you intend to shoot a lot of things like travel, food, street, landscape etc, etc, factors such your budget and the current lenses you have will ultimately push you towards buying the FX or DX camera.

    As a former D90 user myself jumping ship to D600 (and subsequently the D610), my advice is to look at your lens arsenal. I only had my 18-105 as my only DX lens amongst other FX lenses (50mm 1.8D and 70-300 G), so I found it easy to sell my 18-105mm alongside my D90 and jump to FX. But if you own more than 1 DX lens and you may find it harder to sell off the DX lenses, just stick with DX and get D7100.
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    Why the dilemma? For food photography it is more about presentation, lighting & composition. Not necessary to use the latest body.

    Here is a shot taken with a D700 + 24-120mm f/4.Name:  Cupcakes.jpg
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    Here is a shot taken with a D4 + 70-180mm f/4.5-5.6 Name:  Roast chicken.jpg
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    They produce the same results. A nice picture of the food I am trying to catalog. The D90 will serve you well in food & travel photography you will need to pair it up with suitable lenses.
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