November 4th, 2016
I have a Nikon D750 that I use for most of my work and I’m looking to pick up a second body for my detail and other misc shots. I have the 50mm 1.8, 18-35mm and the 70-300mm. My question is this, do I really need a full frame for those lenses or would I be fine with something in a crop camera like a D7200 or such. I would definitely buy a something used. I was thinking of a D700 – I’ve seen several at really reasonable prices. Just not sure if it’s necessary. I need to stay in the Nikon family because I really like these lenses. But I’m open to suggestions.
There is certainly nothing about real estate photography that demands a full frame camera. Full frame bodies frequently have a wider dynamic range that is useful in real estate shooting but bodies like the D7200 are very popular with real estate shooters.
I think the issue of the lens you use for real estate shoots is more of a driver for this decision. Because of the following:
- Your 50 mm and 70-300 mm lenses aren’t real estate lenses.
Your 18-35mm lens is the one you will typically use on your D750 for almost all your interior shots.
- A D7200 will turn your 18-35mm into a 27-52.5mm (the DX sensor size on the D7200 multiplies all your lenses effective focal length by 1.5), that’s not very usable for interiors.
- The D7200 and D700 are pretty close in price, especially if you are willing to buy used. So, if you purchase a D7200, you’ll need to get another lens to use for real estate (Probably a Sigma 10-20mm). Whereas if you go with the D700 you’ll be able to use your 18-35mm lens for interiors. So that solution would be around $500 less.
If it were me, I’d go the D700 body, that way all your lenses will work the same.