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upgrade question and exposure question

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upgrade question and exposure question

I currently work as a real estate photographer that does interior/exterior work of homes via BPO’s, (ex: Appraisals). These exterior photographs must be performed quickly, ASAP under a min if possible. The reason why is because 7 pictures of the house from different angles must be taken from the vehicle on road and there is oncoming traffic, neighbors and homeowners looking to stop you and ask you questions, kids potentially playing outside that you want to avoid letting get into the picture and so forth. Obstacles and distractions are going to be everywhere and you need to keep moving as you are doing multiple houses all day long and they are all over the city and they are on a time limit. For this task I chose the 18-300mm because this made switching lenses between 18-55 and 55-200 obsolete and much faster and easier to do my job. I also needed the additional zoom the 300mm offered. I also use the Tokina 11-16mm to photograph inside of homes and it’s perfect for corner shots of small rooms and restrooms. I never find myself taking it to 11mm because of the distortion but stay around 14-16 if needed. I never find myself using the 35mm anymore, but instead use the 50mm for indoor portraits until I can get an 85, 105, or 135mm lens to take pictures of the family with. Once my kids get old enough to get into sports or school/hobby activities I might need better zoom or low light or higher fps capabilities.

I’m currently looking to upgrade cameras for one that has a full frame sensor, higher max iso and low light iso, a tilting screen, a higher res lcd screen, better video resolution, and built in wifi or Bluetooth would be nice but not needed. The only thing in Nikon line at a $700 price seems to be the D750, and it seems like a solid upgrade. I have been considering switching to Sony as well though. My main concern is that now I will have to switch to FX lenses. I think my 50mm might still work, not sure. The Tokina might work as long as I keep it above 15mm. The 18-300 I have no idea and that one I might have to replace for sure but not sure 28-300 will work with the heinous distortion sub 35mm.

But my biggest decision to upgrade is when shooting in Aperture Priority mode for real estate photography like the exterior of a house, I keep having an issue where all the pictures are very underexposed, so I raise the exposure compensation to +1.3-1.7 depending on the weather and it helps the images straight out of the camera appear much brighter, but the downside is that they get blurry sometimes. Especially if it's an hour or 2 before sunset or when zoomed in where it's nearly impossible to take a clear shot. Why does overriding the compensation affect the sharpness of the image and if I need F.11 or F.16 all the time, is there a better mode to get the exposure correct without having to override or be in AP mode? I tried auto with flash off and it was even darker, even with exposure comp turned up.

Thanks in advance.

Gear list:

Nikon D7100
Nikon 18-300mm AFS DX VR 3.5-6.3 ED
Nikon 35mm AFS DX 1.8G
Nikon 50mm AFS 1.8G
Tokina 11-16mm DX f2.8 ATX

Nikon D750
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