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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 10:08 am 

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Today I have got the Nikon D300s. My favorite lens is the Nikon 16-85 mm. I want a higher resolution. We have all been waited a long time for Nikon upgrade of the D300s, but nothing is published. Of course a Nikon D600 would be nice, but it is all a question of money. The D3200 and D5200 have both got 24 Mp, almost double the megapixels compaired to my Nikon D300s.

Can anyone give me an advice. Is the D600 (full frame) really that much better than the crop sensor type camera?

Nikon D300S, Nikon 16-85 f3,5-5,6 VR, Manfrotto 055 ProB, Giotto MH-652, (Sony RX 100 for snapshots)

PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 10:23 am 
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Depending what you're shooting, but with a sensor over twice the size, the answer is yes. You'd pronably miss the crop factor if you shoot wildlife & possibly macro though.
Don't get hung up on the megapixel war either........unless you want to print pics the size of a wall. 12mp is more than enough for 99% of folk.

The main thing to consider will be needing better glass to go with it, so it mainly boils down to budget.

Image btw,He who dies with the most toys, WINS!
Nikon D800E & D700 bodies + Nikon 200-400mm F4 VR1, 50mm F1.4G, 16-35mm f/4G VR, 105 F2.8 VR macro, 70-300mm lenses. A couple of filters, Giotto tripod & ballhead. Lowepro Slingshot 302 AW

PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 1:09 am 

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This is an interesting question, and I could write probably too much on it! I can give a few views based on experience.

Essentially, I think that the D300s represents excellent image quality.

First thing, I have a D90 (same pixels, similar sensor). I think it's still great and use it interchangeably with my 16MP D7000. True, the D7000 can give slightly better definition, but you have to print really large to notice it. In fact, I find my 6MP D40 quite satisfactory.

I think my 16-85 lens is one of the best I've seen (nearer the WA end of its focal lengths) and has superior performance to many fixed focal length lenses.

In fact, I used this combination in a very low light (gallery environment) recently and had really excellent results.

But I have always planned to go full frame and bought a D600 for its reasonably compact size, FX frame and good low light handling. 24MP is great definition, and you can see from the test on this site that it can comfortably out-resolve the 24MP APSC cameras.

Unfortunately, my D600 (and a replacement) had the oil problem. Oil on the sensor is one thing, but when you think about it, it's also being sprayed around the mirrorbox too and doing who knows what harm. My local store (the prominent specialist retailer in Canberra) treated me very well and now I have a D800. Not quite what I was after originally, but it has its own advantages and I'm very happy with it. Very pleasant and portable with the 50/1.8G. But, oil aside, I thought that the D600 had truly excellent image quality and handled low light very well.

If you want super detail, FX is the way to go, but you would need really large prints to see the difference. You would also need very carefully selected lenses to see the benefit. What is easy to see on your 27 inch screen at 100% can be irrelevant even in a fairly large print. Just depends what you want to use it for.

So - we don't know what the "D400" would be like or even if one is on the horizon. The D800 represents the upgrade from your sort of body type (the D600 is closer to the D7000 in body quality). The D800 could also initially use your 16-85 and give higher pixel density while wou acquire new lenses.

But your current camera is excellent. I've probably gone a bit too far in my purchases!

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