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mychael67 Dec 19, 2016 8:17 AM

Looking to upgrade from D3300
Hey everyone,

I am very new on here and am looking for some advice. I am Myke and I have been getting into photography over the past year. I mainly take landscape shots as I am often with my camera on hikes and enjoy the wilderness - although in the future, I would like to get into taking some photos for sports.

Currently I have a D3300 with the kit lense as well as a 70-300mm Tameran lense.

As a beginner I feel like I am able to get a lot out of my current camera, but I am looking to invest more time and money into the hobby, thus before I start buying gadgets and accessories for my camera I want to make sure that I have the right one for my needs. From the research that I have conducted I am personally leaning towards the D7200, or EOS 70D or - if I want to save some money up - and look at a D750. I am also open to other brands, it is just that i have liked the features on the Nikons based on the reviews I have seen.

Furthermore, I have been looking at some of the local buy and sell postings for used cameras and I have been seeing some decent prices on D5300, D7100, and some Canon models. Would it be better to just look at these models and spend the extra money on better lenses?



TCav Dec 19, 2016 12:00 PM

What do you want to do that you can't with your D3300?

There are some differences between your D3300 and the other cameras you mentioned, but none affect your stated goals.

If you want to spend money to improve your photos, the best way to do that is to get better lenses. Nikon's kit lens is ok, but there are better choices. For instance, Sigma's 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro (OS)* HSM | C provides better image quality, a wider zoom range, a larger maximum aperture, and a shorter minimum focus distance.

Tamron makes two 70-300 telephoto zoom lenses. If the one you have is the SP 70-300MM F/4-5.6 Di VC USD, that's a fine lens and will work well for sports photography. If, however, it's the 70-300MM F/4-5.6 Di, you'd be wise to consider replacing it.

BTW, once you've made a significant investment in lenses and accessories, switching from one brand of dSLR to another means leaving all your lenses behind as well. So now is a good time to consider other brands, as dSLR photography is a long term commitment. But in the grand scheme of things, the differences between Nikon and other brands is slight. Unless you've identified a feature on another brand of camera that you can't live without, I'd say that you already picked a winner.

JR1 Dec 21, 2016 12:29 PM

What people neglect to tell people asking this question is NOT what camera to buy but what format, you are quoting FF and Crop sensors, and of course crop lenses will never work on FF cameras.

I never fell for that from the start, when I bought my D7000 and then 7100 I ALWAYS bought FF lenses, now that I shoot D$s and D810 I don't have to re buy lenses.

Also you have failed to say what you shoot, so I ask you a question "What car should I buy"............... well duh........ are you single, or married with 4 children, do you drive off road or tarmac, think the same for cameras.

Without all the info no one can answer.

Go and try a few. Give us more info to work on

SIMON40 Dec 26, 2016 6:19 PM

mychael67- if you're planning to shoot sports (putting lenses aside) you'll definitely need to upgrade the D3300- as the AF system is primitive at best... (I know,I have one...)
My old D300 wipes the floor with the D3300 for speed/AF accuracy....
D7100/7200 would be a huge upgrade in the AF dept'- as would the D500...

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