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Old 07-30-2013, 09:40 AM   #321
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Mister, just to make sure I'm on the same page, do you mean medium format cameras like Mamiya and Hasselblad? i'm with Bob that I always saw those for pros - and mostly those who want to print really big.

The current APS-C crop-sensor in that D7100 has great image quality coming close to full-frame in decent light. Plus, its much much less expensive for the body and lenses and much lighter.
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Old 07-30-2013, 10:25 AM   #322
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X2 with Scott. I'd recommend the full frame "35mm" sensor for landscapes, but the real medium format cameras are just too cost prohibitive for most of us. Plus the image quality isn't all that much better even at 20x30 image sizes unless you plan on opening a fine art gallery. Check out the work done by Tom Till or George Lep. I know several real shooters who have moved to the 20+ mp SLR's and have been quite happy. One thing a fellow photographer told me "it's not the arrow, it's the indian". Like Oakman said "just keep shooting until something good turns up".
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Old 07-30-2013, 08:57 PM   #323
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I need a little help deciding. I was planning on jumping (back) into the SLR market after years of using cheapy digitals. I was all set on taking the plunge and getting a D7100... However I'm not thinking I may want to sacrifice the higher mega pixel count and get a medium format... What say ye, ladies and gentleman?
If you want to enlarge pics to poster size or publish pics in magazines the high pixel count is needed.
IMO high quality glass is the best investment.
I like to simply capture a moment or try to capture a feeling or try to shoot something small that most people never see.
I will not lay next to an ant hill for 2 days and I will not spend 3 hours a day for 3 days trying to get the perfect "clouds moving across the horizon at sunset" shots.
For the money I spent, the Nikon D80 with the 16/85 wide angle zoom works very well for what I shoot.
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Old 07-31-2013, 05:26 AM   #324
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That's the consensus of everyone I talk to... #1 this camera (even a cheaper body, something like the D5200) will outshoot me for years. #2 the glass is the most important thing and there's good quality glass for the Nikon DX series plus its much less expensive.

Thanks for the replies. I guess what was making second guess my original decision is how fast the medium format bodies are coming down in price. BUT that still won't buy lenses and those aren't cheap!
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Old 07-31-2013, 05:26 PM   #325
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Mister, I just looked at the D5200 on Amazon. At 24MP and 1080p video you should have plenty of capability and some change left over for some nice glass. I may have to look at this for the video. Good second body along with my D300. Good luck.
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Old 07-31-2013, 08:31 PM   #326
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I see my lens on Amazon for $629.
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Old 08-13-2013, 10:55 PM   #327
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Old 08-14-2013, 09:19 AM   #328
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Old 08-14-2013, 02:36 PM   #329
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Folks - I'm just getting back to having enough time to catch up on some of the forum talk and the photography forum is my fav as photography is my background. I see the last few posts have been regarding the Nikon D7000 and D5200 etc. If I could add a bit to the discussion - there is one very important advantage the D7000 series (D7000, D7100) has over the D3000 and D5000 series cameras and that is the ability to use the AI type lenses as well as the AF-D lenses that require a focusing motor in the camera body. The 3000 & 5000 series cannot use these lenses. This is important as spending the extra on the D7000 series (or D300, D700,D600,D800 and above) can save you big bucks down the road on lenses. For example - you can pick up a Nikkor 55mm macro lens used for under $100 - probably in the top 10 of the sharpest Nikon lenses made. Compare that to a new macro lens and in that one lens purchase you have almost saved the diff the D7000 cost you over the 5200. Then, add to the wider lens capability the fact that the D7000 is much stronger built, more weather proof etc you really have a great camera body. Now that the D7100 is out the D7000 is starting to come down in price (under $800 cdn). I am biased as I own the D7000 (and a D80) however I work with a lot of other photographers and this lens compatibility is a huge deal for all but the 'point and shoot' photographer. If your thinking about the D7000 and would like to see some images check out my FB page - it is called 'Scenics Abound Photography'. Almost every image on the page was made with the D7000.
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