abritta
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Camera For Planespotting - D600 Or D7100?

Sat May 25, 2013 1:56 pm

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!!

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RE: Camera For Planespotting - D600 Or D7100?

Sat May 25, 2013 4:27 pm

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...


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RE: Camera For Planespotting - D600 Or D7100?

Mon May 27, 2013 9:54 am

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!
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RE: Camera For Planespotting - D600 Or D7100?

Mon May 27, 2013 1:21 pm

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!
 
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RE: Camera For Planespotting - D600 Or D7100?

Mon May 27, 2013 1:56 pm

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
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RE: Camera For Planespotting - D600 Or D7100?

Fri May 31, 2013 5:32 am

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.

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RE: Camera For Planespotting - D600 Or D7100?

Fri May 31, 2013 5:55 pm

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!

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RE: Camera For Planespotting - D600 Or D7100?

Sat Jun 01, 2013 12:37 am

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.
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RE: Camera For Planespotting - D600 Or D7100?

Sat Jun 01, 2013 9:51 pm

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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RE: Camera For Planespotting - D600 Or D7100?

Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:26 am

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
 
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RE: Camera For Planespotting - D600 Or D7100?

Thu Jun 06, 2013 3:00 pm

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.
 
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RE: Camera For Planespotting - D600 Or D7100?

Thu Jun 06, 2013 3:25 pm

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.
 
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RE: Camera For Planespotting - D600 Or D7100?

Fri Jun 07, 2013 11:47 am

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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