I have a touch on D4 with 50mm and I really feel it is no joke. But the D810 or the 5D2 without grip, it still fine with me as I hand hold it for the most of the time during my travel.
Thanks for the reminder to rent again before buying
D800 : FX 16, 24 , 50 1.2, 85, 24-70VR, 70-200 / Zeiss 21, 35, 100, 135 / ART 50 .
instead of renting a DSLR for a short term usage, many people opt to buy a camera, and sell it off after the project, trip is over, or no longer needed. it is so much cheaper than renting it.
there is no long term commitment, and camera to upkeep.
just do your math you will understand better.
I'm an average guy looking to get a new camera. While searching the forums for a D700 I read your thread and couldn't help but relate. I was a student once, madly in love with photography, but like you didn't have a budget for a camera.
At that point of time, digital cameras still used floppy disks ^.^
Burning through heaps of film, I realised that photography was more than the gear you use. And I agree with the folk in this forum that the joy you get from the click of a shutter can't be expressed in dollars. Let me tell you why at this age and time I am looking for a d700.
Entry levels in photography are lowering at a really fast pace, and in all the rush, a lot of people tend to miss out on the beauty of how photography got to where it is today. In the past, cameras were built to last, were aesthetically designed, and had the spirit of photography etched at the very heart of the camera. And for that reason, people became attached to their beloved camera.
For me, I have become so attached to the Nikon line-up that makes it very hard to change systems. And having gone through a lot of actuations on a d70, it still is the best I've ever had. Throughout the years, I've gone through many frustrations, excitement, joy, and wonder with the camera, it came to a point that I connected with the camera. You can say there is history. Hold it up to your eyes, and flashbacks of memorable events rush through your mind in mixed emotions. Then you think to yourself, "Hey, I remember when I took her beautiful smile it made me feel great!"
It's history, it happened man.
Forget about Mpxls; forget about technology for a sec. Find out which camera connects to you more. And once you do that, you will make peace with your purchase. Doesn't have to be new, it just has to feel right by you.
All the best!
Glad to hear!
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Erika T, pro bodies will probably last for a couple of years, but the itch to get the most advanced bodies often get the better of a photographer.
If your concern is durability, perhaps you should consider buying those that still have some warranty left. Or buy from reputable used equipment dealers and see if they are willing to provide warranty for up to 3 months. If this is a major concern, then best is to buy new.
By being more careful, especially avoiding moisture and water, most cameras are pretty durable although less than the old SLRs because of the electronics.
If I were you, I would set my budget, then see what's available that suits you best. We all have dream cameras, but most are out of our reach, even used, so we go for the next best.
Try the established dealers like P&G, Camera Workshop, Ben Photo and Black Market Cameras, all at Peninsula Shopping Centre. They may not be the cheapest but they are reliable. New cameras from established dealers like Cathay Photo (Peninsula Plaza), Click and TK Photo at Funan.
D800 for economic choose my friends
Who knows you need to get a filter for your lens(uv/ND/Color)...
Must buy tripod to take night shots like landscape or to take group photos of yourself with remote trigger(not included)
Need to use flash in dim environment.
The list goes on....
Although the camera/lenses don't spoil/breakdown that easily but accidents to happen. Ppl knock into you and lose your lens hood when you go buy a new lens hood it cost $50(pro lens).
The things we don't buy everyday we will feel a pinch on our pockets when it happens. Hope anyone who has yet started taking up photography can consider this before stepping into it.
If you have the budget to feed the desire for newer bodies, then just go with the heart.
If not, do some pro/cons comparison based on what you 'need' against the specs of the camera you have listed. Surely you will get an answer quite easily. Just that, it can be abit hard to convince the heart otherwise to accept something without 'wants'.
**Also, no one can tell you if ABC is worth $1000 more over XYZ. Because the values/needs/wants/desire for each person is different. It may be much more than $1000 or lesser than $100 to some. (E.g. Telling a landscape photographer that a new camera with superior AI tracking module for sports is definitely worth an additional $1000)