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Progression from D3300


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Hole in the ground

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Greetings all,

I have had my D3300 since 2016 and have loved using it. My main interest is shooting airshows, but I also like walkabout photography in the countryside. I’ve accrued a few lenses for it over the years:

Kit 18-55 & 55-200.
Tamron 70-300 (macro and non-VR)
Opteka 500 mirror lens
Sigma 120-400

A fairly budget line up. The Sigma is my airshow lens, but if I’m out in the countryside with only 1 lens then I’ll probably take the Tamron - it’s got reasonable reach and can do macro. The opteka is a fun challenge.

Something I’ve tried a bit in the past is some astro photography and whilst I understand that a crop sensor can only gather so much light, there are some functions that the D3300 doesn’t have (like mirror lock up) that could improve the quality of my shots.

So, I am looking to upgrade my camera body but keep it a crop sensor. I am very tempted by the Z50, but my sigma is too old to be compatible with the ftz adaptor - so what should I be looking at in the DX range? Looking at something around the Z50 price range - could be 2nd hand.

Thoughts?

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I would look at DX7xxx bodies or the D500.  I have no idea what the Z50 costs but from a used D7000 (probably least expensive and older technology) to a new D500 (top end DX body) I am sure you will find something that will work for you at a reasonable price.



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Is it a firmware problem that makes it incompatible with the FTZ? If that is the case, it is probably not compatible with the D7500 either. The D7200 had problems with some 120-400 lenses as the OS doesn't work, I think the firmware was updated as a running change in production. D7100 and earlier D7xxx bodies should work, though. I don't know how well it works with a D500 with the original lens firmware.

 

I agree with Tom's recommendation above in principle, but old Sigmas can be problematic with new bodies.