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What's A Good Backup Body For A Nikon D750?

Published: 05/11/2016

d700Tod wants to know what a good backup body would be for his Nikon D750:

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Larry Lohrman

7 comments on “What's A Good Backup Body For A Nikon D750?”

  1. Todd,
    I was a Nikon shooter for years and I would stay with a full frame body since your lenses are designed for full frame.
    I have a D-700, and the image quality is excellent. yes, it is an older technology, and you might get criticized by some tech geeks that the newer cameras, like your 750 (which is a very nice camera), are so much better. But, if you can find a D-700 in great shape for a great price, I would get it. or a D-600 which got great reviews, if you can get that at a steal.

    I've recently switched to the Fuji X system, just because I wanted a lighter system with hi-images quality, and my Fuji lenses are extremely sharp. But, I wish it was full frame.

  2. I've got an older d90 and a d7100. You know it's interesting every where you go and everything people talk about you notice speed is so important. Shipping has to be next day, people have got to drive 90 on the freeway, food has to be out minutes after it was ordered. But for some odd reason when it comes to cameras people don't mind waiting for up to twice as long for their photos to be downloaded to computer and for files to open in Photoshop etc. I find it amazing because I don't even notice any quality difference at all between my two cameras, but I Light things at low iso's so that sorta makes sense.

    I would recommend to people to buy cameras based on your common output. If you deliver 3000 pixel files you don't need a 24 mp camera imo. 3000 pixel on the long end corresponds to 6 mp. That doesn't mean you should run out and buy a d40, but I believe 12-15 mp is a very good sweet spot for general work even as a professional. I think the d7000 is the ultimate re camera, not sure what the canon equivalent is.

  3. My back-up is a Nikon D7100 that I couldn't be happier with. About $600 new, slightly used they get reeeeeal cheap. Slap a new DX format Tokina wide on it for $400 (there's a used one on ebay right now for $200!) - sharpness will amaze; far better specs than mid-priced Nikon wide angle glass.

  4. Since my primary body is a Canon 6D, when the budget allows, I plan to get another one. Another option is to upgrade and make my current body my backup...perhaps a 5D Mk4. A good used body can be a great option, as Eric pointed out above, and can be much easier on the budget.

  5. I had the same problem and finally I bought for small price D600 as the back-up for D750. I am very happy with that. I was really surprised, when I realized that the image quality of d600 is even better than d750. Obviously D750 is an amazing gear, very powerful and comfortable, I love it, but sometimes, in good light conditions, I prefer to use d600. So in fact it is not the back-up, but the gear, which gives to me more possibilities.

  6. I shoot Canon so I'm not as familiar with Nikon models. I usually suggest having two of the same model of body and to go with a step or 2 from the top of the line if there are budget issues. With the same model bodies, you can use the same batteries, memory cards, battery grips, wired remotes, etc. It also means that the controls and menus are the same so when you switch to your backup, all of the controls are right where you expect them. You want to stay with having both full frame or crop frame so lenses are compatible and you build your focal length intuition. Taking in those considerations when looking at what to get as a backup should narrow down your choices.

    If you are loaded with cash that you need to spend for tax write offs before the end of the year, go for a D4 or an 810 and move your 750 down to backup duty.

    Larry L., I use my 50mm f1.4 often for detail shots and sometimes the 70-200mm f4. I recently did some closeups of wrought iron railing work in a home with very shallow DOF and the agent was over the moon with the photos as they really want to show that feature off. It must have worked, the home sold in 4 days and over asking. Now if I could just convince more agents in the area to use me……...

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