I want to upgrade my camera this year, but I really can’t decide.
Stick with the DX crop sensor and lenses and get the Nikon D7000?
Or make the shift to full frame, get a Nikon D700, and have to sell my Tokina 12-24 F4 DX and Nikon 17-55 F2.8 DX lenses and upgrade to perhaps the Nikon 24-70 F2.8 FX lens? (Luckily my other lenses are full frame ready).
I know the D700 route will be much more expensive in the end, but will it be more worth it in the long run?
Looks like I’m not the only one pondering this question!
[Update 9 March 2011]
I’ve finally decided to go full frame. At the back of my head, if I went DX, I would always think that the low light, high ISO performance wouldn’t be the best I could get within my budget. One useful site I’ve found is snapsort, which lets you compare features of cameras.
Here is the comparison between the D700 and D7000 – http://snapsort.com/compare/Nikon_D700-vs-Nikon_D7000
The thing that swayed me is the noise performance. According to DXOMark, a picture at ISO 1167 on a D7000 will have the same amount of noise as a picture taken at ISO 2303 on a D700. Wow – a full stop!
And comparing to my current D80 – http://snapsort.com/compare/Nikon_D700-vs-Nikon_D80
D80 ISO 524 is equivalent to D700’s ISO 2303. That’s just mind boggling.
I’m thinking – you can always invest in new lenses, but the noise in the sensor is fixed by your body. A D700 with a 50mm 1.4 lens, or a mid range 2.8 zoom would be amazing.