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Camera For Planespotting - D600 Or D7100?  
User currently offlineabritta From Brazil, joined Dec 2005, 7 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 6929 times:

Hello guys!!

I'm planning to buy a new camera to substitute my Nikon D5100 and I would like your opinion about.

My options are Nikon D7100 or Nikon D600. What is best for plane spotting?

For all cameras I use an AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm 1:4.5-5.6 G and a Sigma 150-500mm 1:5-6:3 APO HSM.

If anyone has another camera or lenses suggestion please, let me know!

All suggestions are appreciated!!

Regards.

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User currently offlineBestof79 From Germany, joined Oct 2011, 7 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 6912 times:

Hi,

if you go for the D7100 you should go with the 70-200G ED VRII and the 80-400G ED VR if you consider to buy the D600.
I tried both of them and if you go only for image quality there´s no difference between those two cams.
My decision would be the D600. It is simply more versatile if you not only photograph aircrafts. And D600 does a better job when it comes to poor lightning conditions.

A lot of money to spend for good equipment...


Greetings


User currently offlineyerbol From Kazakhstan, joined Feb 2010, 223 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 6837 times:

D600 for sure if extra $ not matter. Should be great addition to your Sigma 150-500mm lens. It is also has a crop mode so you actually have two in one camera. Can't say about D7100 because never used one.
Good luck with your purchase!



With best regards from Almaty
User currently offlineabritta From Brazil, joined Dec 2005, 7 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 6824 times:

Thanks a lot for your help!! I really appreciate your help.

I'm looking for AF good performance and good image quality.

I've decided to buy the D600.

Someone recommend me a good place to buy one in Miami?

regards!


User currently offlinedarreno1 From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 224 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 6822 times:

The D600 has slightly better high ISO noise performance and maybe dynamic range but I doubt you'd be able to tell with regards to the DR. The D7100 has more focusing points (51 vs 39), better depth of field, slightly faster (6fps vs 5.5fps) and more lens choices. It's also lighter and a lot cheaper. Those are just some of the advantages outlined, there are many more in the links.

If it was up to me, I'd go with the D7100 and spend the rest on a good lens. The D600, IMO, simply does not offer enough of an advantage in terms of image quality for the extra cash. Even in low-light situations, the difference isn't going to be very great. Again, that's just me. Others may see that difference as being worth it.


There are a lot of comparisons on the web. The following links are only a few:


http://www.nphotomag.com/2013/02/22/...d600-which-dslr-should-you-choose/
http://kenrockwell.com/nikon/comparisons/2013-04-09-dslrs/index.htm
http://www.digitalcamerainfo.com/fea...ead-to-head-nikon-d7100-vs.%20D600



Nikon D7000 / Nikkor 105mm AF f2.8 / Nikkor 35 f1.8G / Nikkor 50 f1.8D / Nikkor 85mm / Nikkor 300mm f4 AF
User currently offlinebrettkp From Australia, joined Mar 2007, 17 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 6669 times:

I decided to get the D7100. I haven't used it much for spotting yet, but the ability to focus at night on aircraft flying in the distance using a 300mm (F5.6) lense seriously impressed me! I'm sure the D600 would be just as good if not better. My reasons for the D7100 (upgrading from D80):

1) DX format - You can never have enough zoom!
2) Low light performance - I reckon I'll be able to use ISOs up to 2000+ and not have noise issues
3) Frame rate - 6fps (although the buffer isn't that big. Just ordered an Extreme Pro card which will help)
4) Weather sealing - No longer have to stress about putting it away the second there's a spot of rain.
5) Cost - cheaper than the D600
6) Dynamic range - should be 2 stops better than the D80
7) CLS commander mode - Not available on lower DX cameras

I never really considered the D600 because of the FX format and increased cost, but I'm sure it'll be an awesome camera!   

If you use it for more than just aviation then FX is probably the way to go.

Cheers,
Brett



brettkp
User currently offlinegluque From Argentina, joined Nov 2005, 11 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 6627 times:

Hello, first of all sorry for my English level, it´s basic.

One month ago, I made the same question. In my case, I wanted a camera in order to support my D800. I read a lot of test, and I always thought that the D600 would be better than the D7100. At the end, I could test the two bodies, and I could see that the difference between cameras is not enough in order to support the diference in money (USD 2k vs US 1.2). I had wanted to have two FX bodies but, USD 900 is good money for buy lenses.... At the end, when I knew the D600´S sensors problems, I decide to buy the D7100. The D7100 has a great ítem: the 1.3 crop mode.... you can boost your Sigma 150-500 with a 1.5x DX mode and 1.3x special mode.... is a lot of range!

Best regards from Argentina


User currently offlinedarreno1 From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 224 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 6607 times:

I believe the D7100 paired with the new AF-S 80-400 would be a match made in heaven. You'd get the extra reach with the crop factor, and the impressive focusing speed of the 51-point system. The 39-point currently in the D600 and D7000 is clearly inferior from the reviews I'm reading. Why Nikon decided to use the older system in the D600 is beyond me.


Nikon D7000 / Nikkor 105mm AF f2.8 / Nikkor 35 f1.8G / Nikkor 50 f1.8D / Nikkor 85mm / Nikkor 300mm f4 AF
User currently offlineSilver1SWA From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 4811 posts, RR: 25
Reply 8, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 6554 times:
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Quoting darreno1 (Reply 7):
The 39-point currently in the D600 and D7000 is clearly inferior from the reviews I'm reading. Why Nikon decided to use the older system in the D600 is beyond me

Because its intended to be an affordable, entry-level full-frame camera. Something had to give.

Personally, I'd go with the D600. But I'm hooked on FF...



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User currently offlinemegatop412 From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 313 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 6495 times:

I would never shoot aviation with full frame. The 1.5 crop you get from DX is not worth giving up for a bit more DR/high ISO performance.

I also shoot with the 70-300mmVR and the Bigmos, on a D90. Perfect combination for plane spotting. I'm sure the D7100 would be even better


User currently offlineabritta From Brazil, joined Dec 2005, 7 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 6405 times:

Thanks for your help guys!!

What lenses would you recommend for use on D7100 for plane spotting purposes?

... and for cockpit shots... would be a sigma 10 - 20mm a good choice?

Regards.


User currently offlineafterburner From Indonesia, joined Jun 2005, 1211 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 6404 times:

Quoting abritta (Reply 10):
... and for cockpit shots... would be a sigma 10 - 20mm a good choice?

According to many reviews I've read, the best third party ultra-wide angle lens for cropped sensor DSLR is Tokina 11-16mm f2.8.


User currently offlineseahawk From Germany, joined May 2005, 1050 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 6358 times:

I would say D7100

If the 70-300 works fine with the D5100 it will work equally fine with the D7100. With the D600 you lose reach.
Secondly the AF in the D7100 is better. It has the high-end 51 point AF, the D600 has the old AF of the D7000.
Thirldy your lenses will be challenged by the FX sensor of the D600. With D7100 you are practically using the sweet spot of every FX lens, removing many problems like soft corners and especially vignetting.


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