A&P Thoughts on next purchase...

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  1. tenplanescrashing

    tenplanescrashing Active Member

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    So i'm going to have some money to play around with in the next couple months and i'm a little undecided how to proceed.

    Scenario 1
    Nikon 85mm f/1.8 + 2nd Alienbee B800 strobe + umbrella + stand

    Scenario 2
    Upgrade D200 to D300s + grip

    I don't think I "need" either scenario, just want. Been wanting the 85 for portrait work and the 2nd strobe would be helpful, but not completely necessary.

    My D200 is only at about 9k actuations and still works just fine, I just think for some upcoming shoots that the 51 AF points and Closest Subject Priority will benefit me more.

    My current setup is:
    D200 gripped
    Tokina 12-24
    Tamron 17-50
    Nikon 50mm
    Sigma 70-200
    SB800
    Alienbees B800 + hardware
     
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    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    i vote newer body
     
  3. Gvidon

    Gvidon New Member

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    Make that a D700. Hows that for scenario 3?
     
  4. Girth

    Girth ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ OT Supporter

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    My name is Ben, and a I agree w/ both posts. :o
     
  5. bbp

    bbp bike watching troll king OT Supporter

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    If he upgrades to D700 he's gonna have to upgrade some of his lenses too.
     
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    legendr34 Titanium Member

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    85 1.4, all u need
     
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    Girth ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ OT Supporter

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    on a crop sensor, I don't like it as much!
     
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    Idyfohu New Member

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    True dat...85mm is almost unusable on DX (imo).
     
  9. tenplanescrashing

    tenplanescrashing Active Member

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    Yep, consider the 12-24 and 17-50 gonners if that's the case. I'd love to, but at $1700 at the cheapest, not within the budget.

    The 85mm on a crop body is definitely something i'll get great use out of. Borrowing a friends, it has a spot in my bag.
     
  10. tenplanescrashing

    tenplanescrashing Active Member

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    Just curious, why?
     
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    Girth ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ OT Supporter

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    D200 is a pretty outdated body. You'd get the benefit of the great cameras Nikon has out compared to what you have.
     
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    Idyfohu New Member

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    What he said...I used a D200 recently and while the body/materials/ergonomics are better than the D80/D90 layout, for $200 (assuming you sell yours for $500 and buy a used one for $700, that money is WELL spent, more so than lens or accessory. You'll gain at least a stop of light, if not more. Granted, I don't know if a D90 is even an option, but for the money, it's worth considering.
     
  13. bbp

    bbp bike watching troll king OT Supporter

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    Yeah, camera tech has jumped a lot in the past 4-5 years. Especially in low light for Nikon.
     
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    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    the newer CMOS sensors are miles apart from the old CCD sensors. Better AF, better build, all around better camera.
     
  15. tenplanescrashing

    tenplanescrashing Active Member

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    I do like that Nikon finally uses the CMOS sensors. Hmmmmm....

    I wonder if I should wait to see what Nikon replaces the d300s with.
     
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    yes, it's perfect on FF, but when I had my d80, it was great for what I did
     
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    legendr34 Titanium Member

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    also, what would you use a second b800 for? I have a b1600 (used once for a portrait shoot, like 2 years ago), I use my sb600s for all my shoots, many times I just use one unit
     
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    another vote for d300s+grip. your arsenal seems like its pretty good as it is, another AB is a couple hundred bucks later down the road if needed.
     
  19. tenplanescrashing

    tenplanescrashing Active Member

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    I prefer using two lights for photo booth setups, especially on location, but we'll see.

    I think i'm definitely leaning more towards a new body...has anyone heard of the d300s being replaced soon?
     

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