New Camera...

Discussion in 'Nikon DSLR Forum' started by Mal, May 7, 2012.

  1. Mal

    Mal SC Veteran

    Sep 23, 2010
    Liverpool / UK
    Well.... I've gone and done it !!!

    It's taken 6 months or so, of looking researching etc... but I eventually decided on the Nikon D7000.


    Tried out the D700/800, but it was like holding a brick, let alone carrying it about... so decided on the more 'compact' APS-C sensor, D7000... The functionality of a full-frame Nikon, but without the bulkiness and weight which goes with them.

    There is talk on the Nikon Rumours sites that Nikon will launch a full frame D600 model at Photokina 2012, with a very affordable $1500 price tag, but the functionality will be downgraded, to suit AF-S lenses only, another reason I chose the D7000.

    Bought a second hand Nikkor 18-55 (DX) as a cheap starter lens, but have my eyes on a few others for more specialist needs... will let you know how it goes... lol
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  2. Chris2500dk

    Chris2500dk SC Top Veteran

    Dec 22, 2011
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    Congrats! I was a bit torn between D5100 and D7000, but ended up going for the smaller body. The sensor is fantastic.
    Good luck with it and let us see some results :)
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  3. Xuereb

    Xuereb SC Veteran

    Nov 5, 2010
    W. Australia
    Congratulations. Too heavy for me but the image quality will be superb.
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  4. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
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    congrats on your new rig.
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  5. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 12, 2010
    Philly, Pa
    Ain't that pretty. Sometimes it's very stimulating to use a real camera.
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  6. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
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    Bill Shinnick
    Congrats and happy shooting.
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  7. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
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    Enjoy the new camera!

    Pertinent question on a compact camera site, and for interest's sake: why a DSLR?
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  8. Mal

    Mal SC Veteran

    Sep 23, 2010
    Liverpool / UK

    You are quite right... it is a pertinent question... I want to concentrate a little more on Macro Photography (used to be a passion in my SLR days)... anyway... I wanted a larger sensor and a lens which would give me a 1:1 ratio to give me a fighting chance. However, I didn't want to go into the full-frame, and although the D7000 is quite a heavy rig in itself, it is quite compact compared to a full-frame. A lot of the Macro shots I take, will be in a controlled environment, and on a pod so weight should not be a problem, except if I take it in 'the field'.
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  9. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
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    Congratulations, Mal and I'm looking forward to your pictures, for sure.:2thumbs:
  10. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
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    Congrats Mal! I was looking for one about 4-5 months ago, but they were nearly impossible to find.
  11. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    That's the spirit :smile:. Congrats!
  12. Redridge

    Redridge New to SC

    May 16, 2012
    good choice... I still have some FX lenses, if the d7000 had a FF sensor, this would be my choice.

    D600 for $1500? the D7000 is $1200 now.
    nikon d7000
  13. Country Parson

    Country Parson SC Top Veteran

    Apr 5, 2011
    North Carolina
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    Congratulations. I also use a D7000, but these days it does not get the use that the XPro and NEX7 get. However, when you need something for fast action and certain other uses the D7000 can't be beat at the price.
  14. skywarrior

    skywarrior SC Rookie

    Jun 3, 2012
    It's a great camera. I traded mine for a D700, but sometimes wish I hadn't. The only issue I had was a fairly steep learning curve with focusing. Coming from 2 previous Nikon Dslr's (D50, D200), I thought I had it all under control. Because of the very high resolution, the D7K will show the result of camera shake more readily than previous models, so practice your hand holding. Once you get it, the images will blow you away. Lots of really convenient features that real photographers use. Being able to set it up with several different configurations all available from one button or menu press is a great feature. Enjoy!!