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  1. #1
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    Need advice on purchasing full frame DSLR body

    Hello all! So call me crazy, but I have realized that I might now need a full frame DSLR to accompany my D3300 and D7100 to keep up with my growing vintage lens collection. This dawned on me after I picked up a 28 F2.8 AIS and figured out that its reputed wideangle awesomeness would be kinda diluted by my crop sensor bodies. So question is: if you were looking to buy an affordable older full frame DSLR primarily for use with older lenses, what model(s) would you first consider? I'd be happy to give up some of the newer features (e.g. super high res sensor) for a solid camera. I'm hoping this post results in a round-up of the better full frame Nikons in the last 5-10 years or so. Thanks!


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    D3300: 18-55 DX VR II, 55-200 DX VR II, 35 f/1.8 DX
    D7100: 200 f/4 Nikkor Q.C Ai'd, 180 f/2.8 P.C Ai'd, 135 f/2.8 Q Ai'd, 105 f/2.5 Ai-s, 100 f/2.8 E, 75-150 f/3.5 E, 55 f/3.5 P.C Micro Ai'd (w/ PK-13), 50 f/1.8 AF, 50 f/1.8 E, 28 f/2.8 Ai-s, 28 f/3.5 H Ai'd, modified TC-16A, 18-55 DX VR, 55-200 DX VR



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    Re: Need advice on purchasing full frame DSLR body

    For a budget purchase that gives great results a D700
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    Re: Need advice on purchasing full frame DSLR body

    What mikew said...

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    Re: Need advice on purchasing full frame DSLR body

    Nikon D700 or D3 depending on what you need out of a camera. The D700 can be found within the range of $500-800 USD. The D3 can be found 900-1400 USD.

    However when you speak of vintage lenses... the D3XXX/D5XXX can accept all F Mount lenses even pre-ai, whereas you are limited from ai-recent for any body which has the focus motor.
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    Re: Need advice on purchasing full frame DSLR body

    Thanks @mikew, @FredKingston, @skene. Thanks for the pointer to the D700, will keep an eye out for one. Looking it up on Roland Vink's site, I also noticed that, price aside, the D750 would be a good FF big brother to the D7100 as it seems to have similar buttons and functions and can share accessories (batteries, storage media, etc.).


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    D3300: 18-55 DX VR II, 55-200 DX VR II, 35 f/1.8 DX
    D7100: 200 f/4 Nikkor Q.C Ai'd, 180 f/2.8 P.C Ai'd, 135 f/2.8 Q Ai'd, 105 f/2.5 Ai-s, 100 f/2.8 E, 75-150 f/3.5 E, 55 f/3.5 P.C Micro Ai'd (w/ PK-13), 50 f/1.8 AF, 50 f/1.8 E, 28 f/2.8 Ai-s, 28 f/3.5 H Ai'd, modified TC-16A, 18-55 DX VR, 55-200 DX VR

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    Re: Need advice on purchasing full frame DSLR body

    @skene, good point on the compatibility of non-AI lenses with the D3xxx series and D5xxx series. Word is you lose the meter coupling ability that the D7xxx and comparable FF bodies allow with AI and AI-s lenses, but I'm finding that the meter coupling is inconsistent at best and I'm having to shoot in manual on my D7100 anyway for proper exposure.

    That said, the bodies with the AF-motor do allow for a cool hack that was brought to my attention by @salukfan111. You can use a modified TC-16a autofocus teleconverter to bestow partial autofocus capabilities on older manual lenses. For instance, This weekend I was able to get some nice shots of birds in flight using AF-C with the modified TC-16a paired with my 200 f/4 Q.C on my D7100. It wasn't 100% AF (you need to manual focus to make sure you're not way off from focus as the AF has a limited range), but I imagine a lot easier than 100% manual. While that AF hack technically works for wide angle, the magnification unfortunately defeats the purpose of the wide angle. If only there was an AF wideangle converter that worked the same way Need advice on purchasing full frame DSLR body


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    D3300: 18-55 DX VR II, 55-200 DX VR II, 35 f/1.8 DX
    D7100: 200 f/4 Nikkor Q.C Ai'd, 180 f/2.8 P.C Ai'd, 135 f/2.8 Q Ai'd, 105 f/2.5 Ai-s, 100 f/2.8 E, 75-150 f/3.5 E, 55 f/3.5 P.C Micro Ai'd (w/ PK-13), 50 f/1.8 AF, 50 f/1.8 E, 28 f/2.8 Ai-s, 28 f/3.5 H Ai'd, modified TC-16A, 18-55 DX VR, 55-200 DX VR

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    Re: Need advice on purchasing full frame DSLR body

    I'm in need of money right now, so I would be willing to sell my D700, oem grip, and RRS L bracket for $650.00. It is in great shape with just over 20,000 actuations. Pm me if your interested.
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    Re: Need advice on purchasing full frame DSLR body

    Quote Originally Posted by Bill16 View Post
    I'm in need of money right now, so I would be willing to sell my D700, oem grip, and RRS L bracket for $650.00. It is in great shape with just over 20,000 actuations. Pm me if your interested.

    Had you have mentioned this maybe a week earlier, I would have helped you with that. I just ended up ordering a D700 from Robert's Camera.
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    I'm not a pro photographer. I just play one on TV.

    I think everyone should follow and do. Please do not assume we know what's in your camera bag, I left my magic mind reading hat at the repair shop because it does not work past my computer screen.

    Quote Originally Posted by Don Kuykendall View Post
    If you fill out your profile and add the camera gear we can better answer any questions that you might have.
    You can do that at http://nikonites.com/profile.php?do=editprofile

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    Re: Need advice on purchasing full frame DSLR body

    I'm sorry my friend. I have been grieving, and so I didn't see you were needing one buddy.

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    Had you have mentioned this maybe a week earlier, I would have helped you with that. I just ended up ordering a D700 from Robert's Camera.
    ------------------------Tripods-------------------------------
    GITZO GT2541EX 6X carbon fiber tripod and ARCA SWISS Z1 DP ball head
    GITZO G2220 aluminium tripod and ARCA SWISS Z1 SP ball head
    ------------------------Backpacks----------------------------
    Tamrac Expedition 8X, Tamrac Expedition 8,Tamrac Expedition 5

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    Re: Need advice on purchasing full frame DSLR body

    Quote Originally Posted by Bill16 View Post
    I'm in need of money right now, so I would be willing to sell my D700, oem grip, and RRS L bracket for $650.00. It is in great shape with just over 20,000 actuations. Pm me if your interested.
    Thanks for the heads up, Bill! I'll give it some thought and message you if I decide to go that route. If I had bought the D300 as I had originally planned instead of the D7100, you know I'd be all over it!


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    D3300: 18-55 DX VR II, 55-200 DX VR II, 35 f/1.8 DX
    D7100: 200 f/4 Nikkor Q.C Ai'd, 180 f/2.8 P.C Ai'd, 135 f/2.8 Q Ai'd, 105 f/2.5 Ai-s, 100 f/2.8 E, 75-150 f/3.5 E, 55 f/3.5 P.C Micro Ai'd (w/ PK-13), 50 f/1.8 AF, 50 f/1.8 E, 28 f/2.8 Ai-s, 28 f/3.5 H Ai'd, modified TC-16A, 18-55 DX VR, 55-200 DX VR





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