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Old Jul 20, 2013, 10:17 AM   #1
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I am almost there ready to purchase a Nikon DSLR. Most of the lenses I have are from Nikon 6006 camera. This DSLR (which ever one that I may buy) will be my first DSLR. :-) Now I am facing lot of indecisions between D800 and D600. I do want to save the money with D600 but again D800 is so appealing.

My interest is in people (portrait/travel) photography and building interior design. Which lens would cover both these generes.

I have the following lenses:

Nikkor 35-80mm F4-F5.6 D AF Macro Zoom Bayonet Mount
Nikkor 24mm F2.8 AF Bayonet Mount
Nikkor 28-85mm F3.5-F4.5 AF Macro Zoom
Nikkor 80-200mm F2.8 ED AF

Is there a good traveling/all around lens that I should consider?

Also, are there any particular vendors that are recommended?

I am very much an amateur and would like to improve my photography skills.

Thank you for any advice and pointers in advance.

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I'd say that you'd be better off with a DX, such as the D7100, and the Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX ED VR. In many respects, that combination will outperform any combination of the gear you've listed. Plus, it will be smaller, lighter and cheaper. And for what you say you want to do, I don't think the 80-200/2.8 will help.

You should probably also get a good flash.
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@TCav. Thanks for the advice. I was looking for FX setup however your recomendation does save lots of money. The D600 is FX but is also small in body size.

Do they have good prime lenses for DX cameras too?

What is a recommended Flash for DX or FX camera?

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Why is Nikon D300S so much more expensive than the D7100? It has slightly larger sensor and 1 extra frame per second for speed. Does that justify the cost? It costs very close to the D600 a FX camera.
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@TCav. Thanks for the advice. I was looking for FX setup however your recomendation does save lots of money. The D600 is FX but is also small in body size.

But when comparing an FX kit with a DX kit, you need to consider not just the body, but the lenses as well. Compare the Nikon D600:
  • $1,997
  • 5.6 in. (141 mm) x 4.4 in. (113 mm) x 3.2 in. (82 mm)
  • 26.8 oz. (760 g)
with the AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED:
  • $1,887
  • 3.3 (83) x 5.2 in. ( x 133 mm)
  • 31.7 oz. (900 g)
to the Nikon D7100:
  • $1,187
  • 5.3 in. (135.5 mm) x 4.2 in. (106.5 mm) x 3.0 in. (76 mm)
  • 23.8 oz. (675 g)
with the Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR DI-II LD:
  • $499
  • 2.9 x 3.2in. (74.0 x 81.7mm)
  • 430g (15.2oz)
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Do they have good prime lenses for DX cameras too?
Remember that FX Lenses work as well or better on DX bodies as they do on FX bodies, albeit with a narrower angle of view. That's because the smaller DX sensor crops off the vignetting, distortion and corner softness that shows up on FX images.

And yes, there are some excellent DX-only primes.

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What is a recommended Flash for DX or FX camera?
Nikon has some excellent flashes, but you'll need to talk to someone else about them. The last flash I used needed bulbs. When I ran out of bulbs I stopped using flash.
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Why is Nikon D300S so much more expensive than the D7100? It has slightly larger sensor and 1 extra frame per second for speed. Does that justify the cost? It costs very close to the D600 a FX camera.
The D300s is an anomaly in Nikon's product line. It's still a very capable camera with some extraordinary features, but in other areas, technology has past it by.
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