Full Frame - which to pick?

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  1. lamar328

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    Hey,
    I was looking into grabbing a new lens, but then after a reply to my previous post it was brought upon me that I should be considering which camera body I will be purchasing in the future to determine the lens I buy now.

    I'm a Nikon user, although Canon has some great stuff!

    I want to get a body with a full frame sensor and has a great reputation for having a low noise:ISO ratio.

    I know that there are various models including Nikon's D700 and Canon's 5D (these are in my price range).

    Well two questions. First: Is there any major disadvantage to getting a full-frame camera?

    Second: Which company will offer the greatest range of lenses at a reasonable price along with quality? This also applies to adapted lenses such as Sigma or Tamron.

    Based on this I'll hopefully have some more lens related topics to discuss!

    thanks
     
  2. No real disadvantage, both brands have a great line of lenses. Go with the system for which you already own lenses or with which you are already familiar. If you are really willing to evaluate new systems don't ignore Sony. They may have fewer new lenses, but the ones they have are quite good, and you can use Konica Minolta lenses as well.
     
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    ya I really shouldn't ignore Sony. I guess since they still seem reasonably new in the dlsr market I've opted to stick with Nikon or Canon. Only reason really being that they've been around for a while doing this and I know they won't have any chance of flopping.

    I know that in the end I really have to test the camera's to be sure.
     
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    I'd ignore Sony.

    They run cheaply, but really, Canon or Nikon offers so much more in the full frame department. Not models, but features and so forth.
     
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    The current generation full frame cameras in that price range really don't compete against each other. The D700 is more of an all around shooter and the 5D is more of a studio camera. Obviously you're not limited to these uses but that is where their focus lies. Might help in your decision.

    Also Canon's lenses seem to be a little cheaper and some are more readily available.
     
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    [/quote]

    The current generation full frame cameras in that price range really don't compete against each other. The D700 is more of an all around shooter and the 5D is more of a studio camera. Obviously you're not limited to these uses but that is where their focus lies. Might help in your decision.

    Also Canon's lenses seem to be a little cheaper and some are more readily available.[/QUOTE]


    haha looks like i'm back to square one again. I'm a Nikon user so I can figure my way around the Nikon cameras fairly quickly, but Canon does seem to provide a few cheaper lens options.

    The only reason why I may go for a Nikon is because I'm using one now while traveling and I wouldn't mind getting a new lens while on the move.
     
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    I probably wouldn't make lens price/availability as a deciding factor unless there really was nothing else pushing you one way or the other. Since you're already a Nikon user I'd probably go that route unless something about your current Nikon makes you want to switch.
     
  8. Hmm... the 5D is a lot of things, but it is NOT a good studio camera. I shoot Canons in studios, believe me, my 5D is fun around town but not impressive on set.

    Again, Sony is not to be ignored. They are "cheap" because they can choose to gain marketshare through good pricing, their pockets are deep enough. They made most of the sensors for Nikon, by the way... and every pro/sumer market they've ever entered, they've become a dominant player in. Also, Sony is "new" only in brand... it is the continuation of 50+ years of Konica Minolta... I have no vested interested (I would actually suggest you stay with Nikon if you already like the UI) but to dismiss Sony as new or cheap disregards the reality. Sony will spend a lot of money to be one of the big two - enough for R&D, marketing, and pricing aggressiveness. I still think this article is pretty interesting...
     
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    I would like to hear your rationale behind this statement, especially given the 5D2 is probably one of the most popular 35mm format studio bodies on the market.
     
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    Here it is:


     
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    That's your reasoning? Seriously? The 1Ds is only 1/250. So by your standards Canon makes no viable studio options. Interesting.
     
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    I would probably say the D700 is the best balance between resolution/high IS/speed/Durability.

    The D700 may not have the most resolution, but it's built the best, it's the fastest (in the $2-3k area), and definitely has the best AF system. Not to mention wireless flash which to me is huge, because I use it very often.
     

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