?: Refurbished Nikon D810 or new Nikon D850

Hello,

New to the forum and looking forward to interacting with you folks.

I have a couple of Nikon bodies that are going on 10 years old now (D3/D300) and Im looking to upgrade to either a D810 or a D850. I mostly shoot portraiture, wildlife and macro with a bit of sports mixed in at times.

Im not in a position to purchase a D850 right now. I would probably have to wait about 6 months. However, I could purchase a refurbished D810 for around $2000. My quandary is that Im struggling with the decision of getting a D810 now or waiting a while to get the D850.

If you were faced with this decision what would you do?

Thanks for your input. Always nice to hear from people who know their photography!

best to you,

Rick

Comments

  • WestEndFotoWestEndFoto Posts: 2,201Member
    Wait six months and buy new. You have something to shoot in the meantime. If your refresh cycle is ten years, you will want to start with a brand new D850.
  • retreadretread Posts: 384Member
    You are shooting with a D3 & D300. I think you may like a D850 and a D500. The controls are the same or nearly so. I have a D500 and love it. I plan to add a D850 but it will be a year of more before I can do that. I think the wait will be worth it.
  • BVSBVS Posts: 241Member
    edited September 2
    Personally, I'd wait and go with D850.

    D850 has faster fps, deeper buffer, better AF system, better metering sensor (for subject tracking), a bit better high ISO, and higher pixel density (more pixels on target) which will be better for wildlife and sports.

    D850 has auto focus stacking which would be useful for macro.

    Both should be excellent for portraiture.
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  • paulrpaulr Posts: 905Member
    Like every body else The D850 would be a sensible choice and prices should have settled by then. However consider that to get the best from the D850 you will need good lenses and a high end computer. Welcome to the never-ending conveyer belt.
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  • PB_PMPB_PM Posts: 3,441Member
    When you keep your cameras long term, always buy new.
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  • greyhoundrickgreyhoundrick Posts: 5Member
    WestEndFoto, retread, BVS, paulr, PB_PM,

    Thank you all so much for the input. Very helpful and you have convinced me to save up and be patient and purchase a D850 in about 6 months.

    After reading your comments it really does make sense. Im a Mac person and Im using a late 2013 MacBook Pro 15" Retina with 16 GB RAM, an i7 and 500 GB SSD. It has been a great machine, but Im wondering how it will hold up with the very large RAW files of the D850 (?)

    The new iMac Pro should be great, but not cheap. Im thinking maybe the new iMac might be a good choice, but thats at least a year or so away for me.

    Best to everyone and thanks again! :)

    Rick

  • vtc2002vtc2002 Posts: 295Member
    @greyhoundrick What lenses do you have? Do you have more FX or DX lenses? I agree with the others about getting the 850 over the 810. You will need some good lenses.
    Your 500 gb hard drive will not be large enough without some type of external storage or using cloud storage such as Flickr. You can use Flickr to share your photos here. External storage solutions can range from $100 to several thousand depending on how much you shoot. Photography Life has a pretty good article on external storage that I would recommend checking out.
  • retreadretread Posts: 384Member
    I am a PC guy. Mine was custom built with a 500gb ssd to do the work. Storage is both in the PC on a 2tb hard drive and external drives. No problem with D500 files an I don't expect any with D850 Files. Slowest thing on this PC is the 8 core processor.

    If the rest of your machine is up to par with the ssd you should have no problems.
  • greyhoundrickgreyhoundrick Posts: 5Member
    vtc2002 said:

    @greyhoundrick What lenses do you have? Do you have more FX or DX lenses? I agree with the others about getting the 850 over the 810. You will need some good lenses.

    Your 500 gb hard drive will not be large enough without some type of external storage or using cloud storage such as Flickr. You can use Flickr to share your photos here. External storage solutions can range from $100 to several thousand depending on how much you shoot. Photography Life has a pretty good article on external storage that I would recommend checking out.

    I apologize if this message is double posted.

    Thanks so much for the input! I really appreciate it!

    I have all Nikkor lenses, 50mm f/1.8, 85mm f/1.4, 24-70mm f/2.8, 70-200mm f/2.8 VR version I and a 105mm f/2.8 VR micro lens.

    Thanks again!

    Rick
  • greyhoundrickgreyhoundrick Posts: 5Member
    retread said:

    I am a PC guy. Mine was custom built with a 500gb ssd to do the work. Storage is both in the PC on a 2tb hard drive and external drives. No problem with D500 files an I don't expect any with D850 Files. Slowest thing on this PC is the 8 core processor.

    If the rest of your machine is up to par with the ssd you should have no problems.


    Thank you retread! Yes, an external HD along with some cloud storage is a great idea!

    Appreciate your help!

    Rick
  • spraynprayspraynpray Posts: 5,273Moderator
    Your choice of genres demand the D850 really. No doubt at all. The only one you will struggle with is macro in windy conditions (isn't it always windy to some extent when you are shooting macro?). Apart from that it's a no-brainer.
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  • paulrpaulr Posts: 905Member
    Greyhoundrick You will get great advice on this forum, however Do you need all the new technology the D850 offers. Up to a month ago the D810 was the best thing since sliced bread and still is a excellent camera. There are going to be a lot of D810 come on the market, owners are been offered poor prices in part exchange. In the uk they range from £1000 to £1500 from dealers. You could buy a low mileage D810 and a very high end lens and still pay less than D850, Only you can make that decision .
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  • greyhoundrickgreyhoundrick Posts: 5Member
    Thank you very much spraynpray and paulr.

    Excellent points and I will definitely take them both into consideration.

    Also, if you add the grip, D5 battery and charger to the D850 it adds another $1000 I think. Something to contemplate for sure! :-)

    Thanks again!

    Rick
  • kanuckkanuck Posts: 1,195Member
    edited 1:25AM
    I agree with Westendphoto and others that you probably should wait 6 more months and buy a new D850. The bugs, shipping and prices will be sorted by then so its perfect for you actually. Paulr is right too though in that the jump in technology from the 2006/2007 technology to now will be a big change and one that you might possibly not need. You should try and shoot both the D810 and D850 in a shop and do a bit more digging around before making your final decision. Both bodies will most certainly make you happy. Perhaps a Christmas purchase? :)
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