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#1 rechols719


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Posted 10 March 2017 - 04:37 AM

Considering the price drop of the D750, is now time for me to upgrade to ff? My very few pro gigs are as followed: D7100, 50-1.8, 85-1.8, 24-70, & 70-300 VR. This is for mostly corporate headshots and an occasional low-budget wedding. All are Nikkor FX lenses, which are not recommended by our teacher, but does superbly to the natural eye. There is no legitimate reason for me upgrade my camera body, because the D7100 is no slouch where image quality is concerned--per my work flow needs. However, the price drop for the D750 has me pondering if now is the time to go FF. My present equip upgrade plan was to upgrade to the 70-200 Nikkor pro glass, first. But now, I don't know even more the case when you throw the D500 in the equation. Any suggestions, anyone?

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Posted 10 March 2017 - 07:17 AM

This is a difficult question.


Probably in the future there will be price increases (seen some rumors of it). Therefore it can be beneficial to buy now.

Also probably the D750 replacement will be anounced this year. Even if you don't want the new features, it could make the D750 price drop even more. Then it could be beneficial to wait.


I think you should think how much you will benefit by buying it now. What do you gain, how much more enjoyment do you get.

If this looks positive: Buy it now, if not: wait.

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Posted 10 March 2017 - 07:19 AM

First, I have the D750 and am thoroughly satisfied with it. When moving to FF, I chose the D750 due to the tilt screen which is a feature I used extensively on my D5200 - and I continue to use it.


That said, if your D7100 is doing everything you want it to do, what do you expect the "upgrade" to full frame to do for you? Your post reads like you're doing what you want with a camera (and form factor) that sounds like is serving your needs very well.


Start with defining the "problem" (even if the "problem" is defined as simply as 'gear envy'). For me, I was on a quest for bokeh and control over a greater range of DoF, so I rented a D610 for a week to see if a FF camera would do for me what I thought it might. In my case, it confirmed my hopes [or my perhaps just my biases :) ]. Either way, I always encourage folks to remove as much emotion from this type of purchase decision before spending this kind of budget.


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Posted 10 March 2017 - 08:05 AM

If all your lenses are FF then then it seems you will reduce their focal length when you switch to a FF body which may be worth considering as to how that will affect your usual subject matter....?


The D500 would seem to be THE camera at this time for sports and wildlife, though you have not expressed interest in that area.


As for how much if at all you suffer gear envy/status...and what value you place on that..... only you can answer that....(-:


Good luck in your choices.

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Posted 10 March 2017 - 11:51 AM

 Upgrade camera bodies when they start to limit your ability. I would upgrade the glass this can be used for years to come. If your ever going to go full frame than purchase a new lens that works for both cropped and full frame. Good luck.

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Posted 13 March 2017 - 10:56 AM

Recommend you rent the equipment you are interested in and give it a test drive. I rented a D500 for a week before purchasing one and it was money well spent. Given the expense of dslr camera equipment you don't want to make a mistake. 

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