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      08-31-2014, 09:17 AM   #1
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Nikon D810?

Howdy All,

We have had another addition to family and I really want to get a DSLR to capture all the fun times (and take some amazing and artisitc shots of the car).

I am the type of person who goes all out. I don't mind spending for good quality but i also don't want to be wasteful.

I have done a lot of research and have been stuck on getting the Nikon D810. This will be my first DSLR.

I know you guys are passionate about photography so i will lean on your expertise.

Is this overkill also looked at 5d III, D7100, soon to be D9X00. Thoughts?
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It depends on what you shoot, how portable you want to be, and your post-processing workflow. 36 MP is a lot on a camera, and unless you need to crop a lot (and often) I wouldn't get one.

If I were you, I would go to your local camera shop and try out some Canons and Nikons and see which ergonomically feels good in your hands. Which features must you have, and which features are optional? Also, depending on what you're shooting, Canon or Nikon may have the better set of lenses for your needs.
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the d810 is on the pro side of the scale in the DSLR world. I have a d800 and im happy i didn't start with it. its a lot of camera with a lot of options. Takes wonderful photos theres no denying that. but there is no real "auto" function, so if you have never owned a DSLR idk if the D810 is a good starting off point to learn with. there are many other options that are more friendly to those who are learning. i started w a point and shoot, then D80, D300s (still have an has 250k shutters) and now the D800 w about 40k shutters
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Whoa a D810 for a first time DSLR user? I wouldn't recommend it. It's a pro level camera with a steep learning curve.

If your heart is set on a full frame camera, I'd recommend a D610 or Canon's equivalent. Camera technology evolves so fast and becomes obsolete relatively quickly. It's the lenses that are the true investment and should last you many years so I would spend less on the camera body and invest more in good lenses. A great camera body is only as good as its lens (and its user).

Another good resource is dpreview.com - check out the user forums. Word of warning: set aside some time as there's a massive amount of information there!
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yakuza70 sounds like sound advice. I will head to the store this week and see how it goes.
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Can't Go Wrong With Nikon D810

If you have the money to spend and a computer fast and big enough to handle the files then why not. I'm a professional photographer, and I just picked up this camera last week. It's an amazing camera. Lots of feature, but if you spend enough time reading and playing with it, I'm sure you can get amazing results. Great IQ, focusing, and color rendition. So many great features. KenRockwell did an indepth review on it. Look in youtube and you will find some reviews as well. Check out my facebook page and you will see some of my work with Nikon D4 & Nikon D810.

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nice photos Kevin!
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The OP never told us what he was planning to shoot with his new DSLR, so I'd suggest starting with a used, consumer level Nikon or Canon, with a couple of decent lenses. Next, start shooting and see where you gravitate and then plan your next purchase based on what that dictates.

The D810 is a killer camera for portraits, landscapes, slow action shots and travel. You can get some stunning shots, but you'll need to use it with the very best lenses. For action, like professional sports, wildlife and birds, it's slow reacting and the big files fill its buffer quickly. Here, the DX models or even the 7100 might be better choice, OR Canon, which has many models that excel in this regard.

The OP may have prior experience that negates the need for an interim step. I went straight to full-frame DSLR, but I'd shot MF film and 35mm film for years prior and then came quickly to digital after several years out of photography. If you moving from a phone-camera to DSLR, then I say it'd be wise to take an interim step, if only for two or three months.
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OP what is your budget and end goal? If you don't intend to buy lenses and get very deep into the craft i wouldn't even recommend an interchangeable lens camera. If your goal is just better photos than what you are taking now i would just go out and get a larger sensored camera than you already have, in the interest of saving you money and time.
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Thanks all for your comments. I did go ahead and purchase the 810. Now I am on to some lenses selection. Looking forward to shone great shots.
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Thanks all for your comments. I did go ahead and purchase the 810. Now I am on to some lenses selection. Looking forward to shone great shots.
congrats!! lenses are where the money is! beware, its a terrible hobby/profession to get into!
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congrats!! lenses are where the money is! beware, its a terrible hobby/profession to get into!
Buying gear will be your newest obsession haha. The lenses, the flashes, the stabilizers, the straps, the light modifiers, the second body, the smaller system. Pretty sure most of us on this part of the board have suffered through this. At least you won't have to upgrade bodies for a little while. Congrats on the body purchase!
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Too many hobbies..... Just ordered the Nikon 1910 Fisheye. Now need an everyday lens. looking 24-100mm ish.
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I am leaning towards the D810, it's a really great deal
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This page is useful, you can read the features here, it would be nice to have a comparison for the D810 and D800/D800E

http://thedigitalcamera.net/nikon-d8...he-difference/
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I ma using a D810 dslr. I am a proud owner and have been taking hundreds of thousands of photographs
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I ma using a D810 dslr. I am a proud owner and have been taking hundreds of thousands of photographs

You must be fast.

Congrats.
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Too many hobbies..... Just ordered the Nikon 1910 Fisheye. Now need an everyday lens. looking 24-100mm ish.
I've been shooting for years and have a lot of a Pro gear. I picked up a 24-70 f2.8 a couple years ago and I've found its on my camera 90% of the time.

On my D800 it's the perfect focal range for most of what I shoot. Which is everything from Landscape to people to static and rolling shots of cars. The image quality is outstanding as well.

You can see a lot of examples in my stream. Just check the EXIF info.
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I don't know the Nikon lenses, but I know focal lengths on full-frame cameras. My kit is 15/2.8 fisheye, 24-105/f4, 70-200/f4 and 500/f4, with 1.4x and 2.0x Teleconverters and a 25mm extension tube.

Given the exceptional high-ISO performance of the D810, I'd suggest seriously considering f/4 lenses over f/2.8, in general. Use higher ISO to get your speed, not a heavier, larger lens. If you "must" have a big aperture at some focal length, like 80, 90 or 100mm for portraits, then consider a prime.
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