The time of change has come
It’s been a long time coming I guess. With the lack of anything exciting coming out of Pentax, Lense support starting to dwindle, and (who am I kidding) money burning a hole in my pocket – it was time to make a move.
But this isnt as impulsive as it may sound. This purchase had weeks of research put into it. Reading reviews, getting opinions, reading more reviews – for the last two weeks. I was pretty much glued to my laptop of iPad reading something on the current range of cameras.
For most of the time, the leading contender was the Sony A99 (believe it or not). From the spec sheet, its a fantastic camera. I even made a trip into the City to try it out. It handles well and the new SLT technology feels fantastic. But with Sony being to relatively new to the DSLR market (yes, I know you have the years of Minolta behind that) I just couldn’t 100% convince myself of investing that much money into a new system. Whatever camera I bought has to last me for a good few years.
So I went looking at alternatives. The Canon 5DmkIII is an obvious choice. But I just couldnt get excited about it. Its basically a 5DmkII service pack 1. The camera the 5DmkII should have been.
Then there is Nikon. If there was ever a brand I could like as much as Pentax, its Nikon. I came close only a few months ago. I did consider for a bit their ‘entry level’ Full Frame; the D600. But it felt a bit half-hearted. But the D800 on the other hand – WOW. Just the 36mp sensor alone is OMG. I did think about the D800e (the D800’s sister camera), but all reports said that the extra sharpness is really only apparent between f4 and f5.6; so for that there was no way I could justify the cost.
So, body chosen, low lenses… this was going to be harder than the body choice. I really wanted the genuine Nikon 24-70 2.8; but at nearly $2K just for the lens – ummm… So again, alternatives. I then came across the Tamron 24-70mm 2.8 VC USD. It’s half the price, just as sharp, AND has vibration control (which the Nikon doesnt) SOLD!
The total shopping list ended up:
- Nikon D800
- Extra battery
- Tamron 24-70mm 2.8 VC USD
- Metz flash
- Sigma 70-200mm EX APO OS
- Sigma 150-500mm APO OS
I wont say the final cost; but it was a lot! But I’m happier than a pig in shit!