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Old Thursday 14th February 2013, 15:51   #1
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2nd Body Purchase

My current setup is a D50 w/80-400VR. Although the lense is okay and not the best in low light it has served my well and I plan on still using it. My goal is to buy a 2nd body to shoot with this lense. Assuming a body with an auto focus motor would be best is the D7000 a reasonable one to shoot with the 80-400VR.
See sample image from my current setup. Forgive the link, copy and paste somes is tricky on my ipad when inserting images into the body.

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D7000 is a good choice. In fact it is best DX solution currently available (not considering DX crop on D800). There are some aspects where D300s could perform a bit better. However, D7000 is definitely a huge upgrade over your D50.
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Old Friday 15th February 2013, 14:13   #3
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If you want to try something different try a D700 the full frame camera great benefits in low light photography but you'll loose a little perceived reach over a dx. D700 are readily available on auction sites or photographic websites
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Old Friday 15th February 2013, 23:46   #4
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According to rumour sites, there is a good chance that there will be a new DX body announcement from Nikon very very soon. Most likely D7000 successor. Perhaps it is a good idea to wait a couple of days....
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My current setup is a D50 w/80-400VR. Although the lense is okay and not the best in low light it has served my well and I plan on still using it. My goal is to buy a 2nd body to shoot with this lense. Assuming a body with an auto focus motor would be best is the D7000 a reasonable one to shoot with the 80-400VR.
See sample image from my current setup. Forgive the link, copy and paste somes is tricky on my ipad when inserting images into the body.

http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4126/5...81be45e9_b.jpg
If you shoot images regularly with your D50 like the one you have posted, get another D50
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You could go mad on the reach side of things and get a D5200 instead and I think it indeed has an AF motor as the blurb says take advantage of the legendary NIKKOR Lenses.

It'll pretty much out-resolve your lens I'd have thought though so wasting the advantage of a lot of those MP.
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Old Saturday 16th February 2013, 22:09   #7
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D5200 does not have AF motor.

You have to look one tier above for that feature.
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Awesome guys for the great feedback, never thought of a D7000. My guess is a D7100 will be announced this month 24MP.
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D600

D600 looks like a great cam for birds on paper with very good AF configuration and will work with your 80-400VR on DX mode.
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