Is it wise to sell D300 and go 2 generations lower?
I really wish I had listened to some of the great tips and suggestions given to me, but I learned the hard way.
The problem I am having is that I thought going D300 and 24-70 will cover what I need. It didn't. When I didn't have anything and was starting from scarcth I made a decision that I won't be needing anything except Nikon 24-70. I am not a sports shooter so anything past 100mm is no use to me. And I thought 24mm on crop would be good enough since I will only be doing portaits and people photography.
Well, I had my first wedding 2 weeks ago. It was my old friend's wedding who isn't rich and I was the only photographer there. It wasn't paid and it was in a remote village where owning even a basic 5MP camera means you are wealthy. Anyways, there I was, a foreinger with D300, 24-70, SB900 (rented to try it out as I have never tried flash) and battery grip (also rented to try out vertical release),
total value approximately of $4200 combined for body+lens+flash+grip
However one thing I understood is that I desperately needed wide angle and a flash. I absolutely craved for wide angle during tight corridor shots and room shots. Like I said above, I had a flash with me, but it was rental so I knew that I would have to say goodbye to it after I come back. So this left me in a dillema:
I can not afford any additional lenses like wide angle or even a lesser flash like SB600. My budget pretty much emptied when I purchased D300 and 24-70. I am really thinking of selling D300 with 24-70 and buying a used XTi/XSi/XS and set of lenses that include a fisheye (something I have wanted to get creative with), wideangle as I do a lot of landscape and 24mm on 1.5 crop just doesn't cut it for me and a macro lens.
Macro can wait as it's the least of interest to me but wide angle and flash and more important.
Please keep in mind that I am not jumping ships because Nikon doesn't do what I want. It does and it does the job perfectly fine. I just have different priorities and interests now than I did before when was purchasing the body and lens. Before I thought 24-70 would be my walkaround lens, but I was mistaken regardless of people telling me 24 on crop is too tight. Please steer me into the right direction because it's hard to part with such a beautiful body with gorgeous 3" LCD in favour of something that is several years old but I see no other way of getting wide angle and flash and macro unless I don't sell my current gear.
I am okay with using primes and changing lenses. I don't need anything past 100mm. I am okay with 3rd party lenses and I am okay with used stuff.
Am I wasting money by selling stuff I bought new? Or maybe I should just sell 24-70 and stay with Nikon? The only reason why I am going Canon is because lower end Nikons don't have the AF motor making old AF lenses useless for me. But Canon lower end bodies don't have such issues. Plus I get access to Canon lenses.