Should I go with a good lens or full frame body for my Nikon D90?

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  1. TomTerrific12

    TomTerrific12 New Member

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    Hi everyone! I currently have own a Nikon D90 and a 85-200mm lens. I've been thinking of upgrading but I'm not sure if I should go with the new lens (particularly a 70-200mm) or a full frame body (D610). What do you guys think I should do?
     
  2. Andy Stanton

    Andy Stanton Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    Is the lens you currently own a Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8? If so it's a darn good lens and I question how much better the 70-200mm F/4 will be.
     
  3. Jim Keenan

    Jim Keenan News/Review Writer News/Review Writer

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    One major consideration is the D90 is an APS-C sensor - what Nikon calls DX - while the D610 is a full frame or FX. Your 85-200 gets a 1.5X boost in 35mm equivalents on the D90, so it shoots from about 127.5mm to 300mm; a D610 will shoot from 85 to 200 so you lose 100mm on the long end of the zoom while gaining width on the short end. The D610 has a 24MP sensor while the D90 is 12MP, so the D610 gets you some of that length back via the ability to more aggressively crop those files. If you shoot a lot of long telephoto the D90 gets you a bit closer and I'd go with the lens. Good glass is good glass, whether it's on a 5 year old camera or a current generation one.

    The D610 is a current generation camera while the D90 is essentially a D300 with a few less bells and whistles; the D300/300S is overdue for replacement. You'll have better high ISO noise performance in the D610 but the D90 is a pretty decent camera. I shoot a 70-200/2.8 VR II on a D300S, D3S and D810 and that lens is quite capable. Haven't shot the 70-200/4 VR and am unfamiliar with any Nikon lens in 85-200mm; if your lens is a third party product going with the Nikon 70-200 in either f/2.8 or f/4 max apertures is almost certainly an improvement.
     
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