The Best Camera is the One You Have With You

Blue Heron by Gary Gray
Great Blue Heron in Flight

The Nikon D810 arrived yesterday afternoon so I had to test it at the tree in the lake this morning.

Seems in good working order. The Great Blue Heron like it, as best I can tell.

I can now retire the D800.  That leaves me with a three body field kit for this summer.

Nikon D7200, Nikon D750 and Nikon D810.

The D850 will have to wait a couple of years. Should be off back-order by then.

 

Out For Delivery

When I enter the tracking number of my pending camera shipment, the status is “out for delivery”

Words I love to read but these out for delivery days are long days.

Those of you who know me know that I don’t run out and buy the latest greatest camera when one is released. My methodology for acquiring camera gear is to invest in the best of the discontinued models. That means, most often, that I purchase my cameras used, or near the end of the market life cycle so as to get the best deals.

I also tend to hang on to my cameras for quite a while. I’ve always operated on the theory that the primary purpose of a business is to make a profit. Constantly updating camera gear can cut in to the profit margins.

I normally update the kit during the Winter months. Last year I picked up a Nikon D7200 in early January. At that time the D7200 was near the end of its market life cycle and discounts were available. I could have got a D500 but why? An additional $1000 for a camera with known problems and less resolution than the about to be discontinued D7200. It’s a no brainer to me. My photography is about the quality of the photograph, not the specs of the camera. The D7200 will produce images of superior quality to the D500. 3 more frames per second just gives me more lower quality images to sift through.

My newest kit addition is a used Nikon D810, recently obsoleted by the release of the Nikon D850. I’d love a D850, but I’m not throwing $3400 at something I can get for half that price just by waiting a while. In the meantime, there is nothing wrong with the D810, even if it’s used in excellent condition. It will make a nice pair with my D750, a body I did purchase new a couple of years back. A very competent pair.

My thinking is this. Any high end DSLR produced since 2014 is going to produce images that are as good as anything on the market today. The main progress in that time is the introduction of 4k video, higher frame rates and extra bells & whistles for computer/tablet connectivity and gps. Oh, and mirrorless. I’m not convinced that mirrorless is a viable option at the moment for my type of work.

Maybe later.

In two years, the D850 may be an attractive option. It will be closer to the end of its life cycle and the used price will eventually drop below $2,000. That’s when I’ll pounce. In the meantime, I’ll settle for the D810/D750 kit for another couple of seasons.

8:00 AM, I checked again, it’s still out for delivery.

This is going to be a long, slow day.