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Old Aug 28, 2011, 1:18 AM   #1
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Default Thinking of trading in a D7000... for 5D2 or D700?

Hey guys,

Got back into the photography game last month with a Nikon D7000 and 35mm f/1.8 DX. I like this setup a lot but while I was in college I was fortunate enough to own a 5D setup and now after a few weeks with the crop body I feel the full-frame temptation has simply become too great. :) I've lined up a couple of possible trades for my D7k - a D700 for $1150 on top or a 5D2 for $1000 and I'm just wondering if anyone who might've been in a similar situation might offer some advice. Here's a quick list of pros/cons that I've been keeping in my head:

Canon -
* better battery grip design (silly I know, but I hate the MB-D11!)
* 100-400L (being a wildlife/zoo photographer this lens is just about perfect)
* more affordable full-frame and lenses in general

Nikon -
* better third-party lens compatibility (particularly gems like the Samyang 35mm)
* better body ergonomics (IMHO)
* newer/better first-party primes? (seems like many of the old Canon L standbys are having trouble keeping up with their newer sensors)

The big disadvantages for Nikon are the increased expense and lots of horror stories about their support. Then again, a lot of wildlife and nature photographers seem to prefer Nikon kits, so what do I know?

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. :)
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Old Aug 28, 2011, 1:56 PM   #2
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Nikon D700 or toss a coin
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Old Sep 2, 2011, 3:34 AM   #3
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For wildlife I think you probably want the extra pixels, and the more affordable long lenses.

Hence Canon.

But really shouldn't you be looking at finding a way to afford a 1D or D3?
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* 100-400L (being a wildlife/zoo photographer this lens is just about perfect)
For wildlife you'll find the 5D series autofocus quite limiting... especially for BIF
You'll be better off with the D700's Multi-CAM 3500 AF module (i.e. 1D or D3 series AF):
http://digitalartandmore.com/page2/page60/page60.html

-> Beside you'll also find the Nikon's auto-ISO super useful for wildlife (particularly on the D700) over the Canon's!
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What do you want to do that a 'Full Frame' dSLR can do and your D7000 can't?
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What do you want to do that a 'Full Frame' dSLR can do and your D7000 can't?
This for example:
http://photocamel.com/forum/sports-a...10000-a-5.html
http://www.photographybay.com/2008/1...ck-comparison/
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Actually, my question was directed at aporetic. We don't know what he or she is after. The greater resolution of the D700 or the 5DMkII over the D7000 might be what he wants, or maybe the greater depth of field. Maybe he likes the extra heft of a 'Full Frame' body, or maybe he's just got money burning a hole in his pocket.

If it's the greater resolution, Sony just released the A77 & A65, which use a 24MP APS-C sensor, which means that Nikon, and maybe Pentax, will have one soon. And let's face it; Canon's 18MP APS-C sensor has been around for a while, so something might be on the horizon there as well.
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There are likely a bunch of Canon cameras lurking, ready for release.

But I know that if I were in the (Canon) market for a wildlife camera I would do everything I could to try to get either a 1DMk4 or otherwise go for a 7D. NHL makes a very good point about the 5D2's AF system not really being capable enough for many wildlife scenarios.
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For wildlife / zoo photography, it would seem that there would be an advantage with the crop sensor body, in terms of the apparent crop factor - the telephoto effect. Also, the Sony sensor in the D7K has excellent ISO upper range (for low light), tremendous Dynamic Range and is especially good in terms of pulling detail out of shadows.


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