Originally Posted by hellosailor
Easterly, the new D2 versions are a fast $2000-3000 for just the bare body. Not what the average sailor is going to carry on the boat, or carry at all. Most folks would call that a "professional" camera
, not just another typical digital SLR.
By the way...What's a Nikor 300mm lens for that camera weigh
? Versus the old 200mm lens being dragged along for the ride? No loss of autofocus or antishake or anything else?
You're right. The Nikon pro cameras are very expensive and not worth it unless you shoot sports. I think D3X's are in the neighborhood of $4,500 for the body alone. I just have D2's because that is what the company I work for bought me. If I were on my on, I probably would never buy one. Too heavy and way too costly for my budget
If you have newer Nikkor AF lenses, made in about the last 15 years, they are generally compatible (so far as I know) with Nikon DSLR's, which start in price
in the hundreds and go up.
Newer 300mm 2.8's are not nearly as heavy as the ones made 30 years ago, but they are still HUGE and too big for a boat. The good old 80-200 zoom is about all I have ever needed shooting distant scenes from a boat.
All that is to say, the little digitals like my little Canon and a host of others are great on a boat for projects and virtually everything else. They are certainly my preference and have documented a lot of boat projects for me.
15 years ago, I would never believed we would see the quality and uses for a digital camera we see today for only a couple of hundred bucks or less. (Or any other price
, for that matter)