bricejohnson
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Nikon D7000?

Fri May 03, 2013 11:46 pm

Hey All,

I am thinking of upgrading from my current camera, (a Nikon D3100) to a D7000.

How many of you have experience on a D7000? Should I get a D7100?

Is it worth the upgrade?

Thanks,

Calvin
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iamlucky13
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RE: Nikon D7000?

Sat May 04, 2013 1:12 am

It is most definitely a worthy upgrade, if you need an upgrade. I have been extremely happy with mine in the 6 months I've had it.

Honestly, while it didn't get much respect because it's an entry level camera, it's still quite good if you know how to use it to the best of its capabilities, where as if you haven't learned how to get the most out of it, I'm not sure you'll get much as much out of upgrading to the D7000 as you might hope.

Are there specific things you find limit you about your D3100?
 
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RE: Nikon D7000?

Sat May 04, 2013 3:38 am

If you're going for the D7000, consider the D7100 if you have the extra cash. The improved sensor and focusing system alone is worth it IMO. You can't go wrong with either though. I won't be giving up my D7000 anytime soon.

I had a D3100 and loved it but it was limiting in terms of lens selection which was one of the reasons I upgraded. I can now autofocus and meter non-AF-S lenses. The other main reason for upgrading was the extra dedicated buttons and dials which really speed things up when changing the various functions.

With all that said, if you're not going to utilize the extras the D7000 series offer, there's little reason to upgrade as the D3100's image quality is quite good.
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RE: Nikon D7000?

Sun May 05, 2013 2:14 am

Thanks for the responses guys.

Quoting iamlucky13 (Reply 1):
Are there specific things you find limit you about your D3100?



I find that the image quality is very limiting; ie: not great with regards to grain performance (I have to use noise reduction for almost every shot that I take). On top of this, this sensor does not have very many pixels, etc. Also, the frames per second is pretty limiting ( only 3). The battery on the d3100 is pathetic... I think that the battery on the D7000/71000 is way better. Finally, the features are exhaustible; it did not take me very long to understand/optimize everything on the camera.

To sum it all up, I am looking for a great Nikon DSLR, that would be an upgrade from what I already have (considering that I have limited funds for a new camera). I have owned the D3100 for 2 years... so I think that it's time for an upgrade  

More comments are appreciated!

Thanks,

Calvin
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RE: Nikon D7000?

Mon May 06, 2013 12:35 pm

Hi Calvin,

I have happily owned a D7000 for about 2 years. It's a very capable camera with an impressive spec for its price and I have no doubt you will be very happy with it. Just some observations for you to consider:

The EN-EL15 battery is very good (the D800 uses it). I took over 900 images at RIAT last year and still had two bars left.

I dont know how big your hands are, but I found the body just too small so I had to purchase the MB-D11 grip to have somewhere to rest my little finger.

The buffer is fairly limited and will top out at between 8-11 RAW images at 6 fps. It's never been an issue to me in the real world and I go to a lot of airshow and motor racing events.

Their was some concern about the D7000 returning soft images (seriously, google it and you will find a lot of forums) with this being due to sensor issues/defects. My D7K did return soft images until I calibrated the AF fine tuning. Took less than 30 minutes for my all my lenses and my camera bangs out pin sharp images time after time.

Needless to say, the D7K performs best with better glass but then again what doesn't!

I like the look of the D7100 and have read many positive reviews, but am not sure if I would gain a huge amount by upgrading now.

If you have any other queries, PM or ask here anytime.

Rgds

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bricejohnson
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RE: Nikon D7000?

Mon May 06, 2013 9:46 pm

Thanks for the advice Mark. But, I think that I will go for the D7100, as it is the latest model.... and I think that I will have it for a fairly long period of time. I really like the fact that it has a huge amount of pixels, and a 1.3x crop factor.  

I would appreciate some more comments from anyone who has had experience with the D7000 or D7100.

Is the D7100 worth the extra money?

Best,

Calvin
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RE: Nikon D7000?

Tue May 07, 2013 1:01 am

What setting is the D7000 best used on for spotting? The help is very well appreciated.

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RE: Nikon D7000?

Wed May 08, 2013 2:59 am

Quoting KLAXairport (Reply 6):
What setting is the D7000 best used on for spotting? The help is very well appreciated.

There really is no 'one' setting. It depends on the subject, the equipment (lens) and the environment. On sunny days, I tend to stay somewhere around F10 aperture with the shutter at 1/1000 (ISO 200) in manual mode. But that could change as the light changes. Late in the day, I tend to up the ISO to 400 with the same shutter, or drop the shutter a little if I the ISO is kept the same. For me, it mostly depends on what the histogram is saying.

I'm not as worried underexposing as overexposing and blowing the highlights. As I shoot raw only, all it takes is a little Camera Raw or Photoshop magic to fix a dark pic. Overexposed shots, on the other hand, are much more of a challenge, sometimes impossible to recover.

If I'm using Aperture Priority, on bright days I tend to use between 0.7 -1.0 negative compensation with an aperture ranging from f8-f11 (ISO 200). Again, it mostly depends on the histogram, but also, on what shutter speed range I'm looking for.

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RE: Nikon D7000?

Wed May 08, 2013 3:06 am

Quoting darreno1 (Reply 7):
There really is no 'one' setting. It depends on the subject, the equipment (lens) and the environment. On sunny days, I tend to stay somewhere around F10 aperture with the shutter at 1/1000 (ISO 200) in manual mode. But that could change as the light changes. Late in the day, I tend to up the ISO to 400 with the same shutter, or drop the shutter a little if I the ISO is kept the same. For me, it mostly depends on what the histogram is saying.

I'm not as worried underexposing as overexposing and blowing the highlights. As I shoot raw only, all it takes is a little Camera Raw or Photoshop magic to fix a dark pic. Overexposed shots, on the other hand, are much more of a challenge, sometimes impossible to recover.

If I'm using Aperture Priority, on bright days I tend to use between 0.7 -1.0 negative compensation with an aperture ranging from f8-f11 (ISO 200). Again, it mostly depends on the histogram, but also, on what shutter speed range I'm looking for.

Thanks a lot for the great help! I'll try and use it on my next spotting adventure.

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RE: Nikon D7000?

Wed May 08, 2013 10:51 pm

Quoting TristarAtLCA (Reply 4):
I dont know how big your hands are, but I found the body just too small so I had to purchase the MB-D11 grip to have somewhere to rest my little finger.

I noticed the same, but it's not actually too small. My D40 has a smaller grip, but is more comfortable to me.

The issue for me is the D7000 grip, and my hand size, leaves my pinky half on, half off the grip, which can cause minor cramping after shooting for a while.

With the D40, my pinky is fully off the grip and can curl underneath the camera in a relaxed position.

It's far from enough to make me unsatisfied with my purchase, however.

Quoting BriceJohnson (Reply 5):
I would appreciate some more comments from anyone who has had experience with the D7000 or D7100.

Is the D7100 worth the extra money?

It's not worth it for those who already have the D7000, but since you don't, unless the price difference is an issue for you, I would say go for it. The D7100 can autofocus in lower light, or with certain lens+teleconverter combos that the D7000 can not. A few other little bonuses - slightly higher resolution screen, more AF-points, and 60 fps video mode with a stereo mic.

I honestly don't care about the extra pixels. I don't need to print 5' across, and within my budget, my limit is my lenses, not the number of pixels I have.
 
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RE: Nikon D7000?

Wed May 08, 2013 10:55 pm

Quoting iamlucky13 (Reply 9):
It's not worth it for those who already have the D7000, but since you don't, unless the price difference is an issue for you, I would say go for it. The D7100 can autofocus in lower light, or with certain lens+teleconverter combos that the D7000 can not.

Okay, thanks for advice. Considering that, I think that I will continue to save for the D7100.

All best, and happy shooting,

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