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WarrenPrice

« on: August 30, 2012, 11:21 »
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My venture into Canon Technology was a disappointment.  The T2i is great and I love it.  But, it doesn't work so well with the Kit Lenses that were part of my venture.   :-\

I have WAY too much invested in Nikon Lenses to replace them with Canon equivalent sooooo
I bought a new Nikon D7000 for my Nikon Lenses.  It was on sale (rebate) at Adorama.  My wife (the finance minister) can't resist a sale.   ;D

Any other D7000 users have comments to offer?

PS:  the T2i will hang around.  I did buy a macro lens for it.   :P


« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2012, 12:46 »
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What to say - great camera and I got it at a good price  :) Step up for me from a D60 - appreciating more control and more pixels allowing cropping for the likes of alamy.

« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2012, 13:11 »
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The only major issue I have with it is that they didn't lock down the dials like they do with the pro bodies.  It will accidentally bump from manual to A for example.   So if you are shooting and all of a sudden everything is over/underexposed you have likely bumped that dial.

It will create random folders when you switch modes, so if you bump the program dial your LCD will still be sequential, but your photo numbers will not match.  This has happened when shooting a long lineup of kids and keeping track of their photo numbers manually. 

« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2012, 13:35 »
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I've been thinking about buying a D7000 and besides money, the only thing holding me back has been rumors that it will be replaced this fall.    However I've seen nothing on that recently.   Waiting for that mythical next model, always just around the corner, is of course a trap that we all fall into at times. 

« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2012, 14:15 »
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I hung on waiting for a new model to appear then the price dropped 200 so I thought why not?? Even if a new model appeared I would wait 6 months for any initial glitches to be sorted and the price to drop.

tab62

« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2012, 14:16 »
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why not the D800e this will address all concerns  :D


WarrenPrice

« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2012, 15:16 »
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why not the D800e this will address all concerns  :D

The difference between D7000 and D800e is a $2300 lens ... or lenses.   ;D

Will be replacing D800e (or D7000) Long before the glass needs replacing. 
I still have lenses from mid-70s (that will work on D7000). 

WarrenPrice

« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2012, 15:20 »
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The only major issue I have with it is that they didn't lock down the dials like they do with the pro bodies.  It will accidentally bump from manual to A for example.   So if you are shooting and all of a sudden everything is over/underexposed you have likely bumped that dial.

It will create random folders when you switch modes, so if you bump the program dial your LCD will still be sequential, but your photo numbers will not match.  This has happened when shooting a long lineup of kids and keeping track of their photo numbers manually.

Thanks, that is the sort of thing I need to know about.  I shoot a lot of action and carry cameras on hiking and camping trips.  I hope I can remember to keep an eye on such ... idiosyncrasies.

Getting really excited to get my hands on it -- probably next Wednesday.

 

« Reply #8 on: August 30, 2012, 15:35 »
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I'm waiting for D600. It seems that rumours will become true in few weeks.
Also I've read article somewhere that D7000 is (or was) listed as discontinued at Amazon.de.

WarrenPrice

« Reply #9 on: August 30, 2012, 16:00 »
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I'm waiting for D600. It seems that rumours will become true in few weeks.
Also I've read article somewhere that D7000 is (or was) listed as discontinued at Amazon.de.

Hmmmm... Buy High; Sell Low!!!  The story of my life.   :-[

« Reply #10 on: August 30, 2012, 16:13 »
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I've finally learned to first decide why I'm upgrading, and exactly what features are important, rather than just blow money on a jazzy new camera.

I don't have a lot of money for toys, and my microstock income is a pathetic trickle.  A Nikon D80 is all I need for microstock.  But sometimes, when traveling or at an event, my photos become important to me and a better camera could make a difference.  Specifically, better low-light performance and a somewhat larger sensor to allow more cropping (i.e. composition after the shot is taken).   And a big bright viewfinder is very important to me.

The D7000 would be the perfect upgrade for me at this time and - maybe - it will be discounted soon.

« Reply #11 on: August 30, 2012, 17:59 »
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Oh, the other thing is it is so small.  It might take a couple days to get used to pushing the shutter (I can't take a steady shot on a point & shoot to save my life).   I use a grip with my D7000, but if I ever take the grip off it feels like a toy in my hands!  And I'm a girl!   The grip was a great purchase, it takes a battery or 6 AA's.  I use rechargeable AA's for the most part and get quite a lot of mileage out of them.

And... there are some complaints about the buffer.  I don't think I've shot a soccer game with this body, but I've shot a few thousand dance action photos in a day and had no probs.  Soccer, basketball etc. would be a lot faster though.
« Last Edit: August 30, 2012, 18:02 by Pixart »

WarrenPrice

« Reply #12 on: August 31, 2012, 09:10 »
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@Pixart; found your old post from when you first got the D7000.  Been Reading the Ken Rockwell stuff.  Have some concerns over the "High Contrast Lighting" exposure problems. 
Switching over from a D80 -- the batteries/charger are not interchangeable.  Bummer.

I'll have to wait and see on the "fit;" all my cameras have seemed small since switching from film - F2 and F3 were monsters by comparison.    :P

Thanks to everyone for responses.  According to email notice, my new camera will be here Wednesday.  I hope it isn't a disappointment.

Good note:  I can put some old MF lenses back into service.  ;D



« Reply #13 on: August 31, 2012, 09:17 »
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Switching over from a D80 -- the batteries/charger are not interchangeable.  Bummer.

Ouch! Ouch! Oweee!

WarrenPrice

« Reply #14 on: September 06, 2012, 13:16 »
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Spare battery equal $62.95.
I've opted for the knockoff, Power2000 EN-EL15 which is $29.95.

Do you think that might be a mistake?

Loving the camera ... so far.


sc

« Reply #15 on: September 06, 2012, 13:29 »
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No necessarily a mistake. Only time can tell.

I purchased a knock-off from the local pro store for my d300 a few years ago. Every time I inserted it, the camera would turn on and I could get off one or two shots before the camera became inoperable. I would insert the Nikon battery and the camera would be just fine. Re-insert the knock-off and same issues. Turns out when I put the two batteries on a flat surface you could see the knock-off was a tick shorter than the Nikon battery. And I mean a tick - probably the thickness of a sheet of paper. But just enough to not make perfect contact. The guys at the camera store couldn't believe it and they tried it in other cameras with the same result. They gave me my money back. I'll stick to the Nikon brand for now.

« Reply #16 on: September 06, 2012, 17:23 »
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I'd suggest using a postage scale to compare the weight of the Nikon and the knockoff batteries.  I think weight (of the metals in the cells) correlates to capacity.   


WarrenPrice

« Reply #17 on: September 08, 2012, 09:22 »
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First Major Problem ... There is no Camera Raw Update for PSE 8.  It won't read the NEF files.   >:(

I've uploaded the enclosed Nikon ViewNX2 software but haven't used it yet.  Any suggestions?

Pixart -- hope you see this.  But, you probably have the Pro Version of PhotoShop?


« Reply #18 on: September 08, 2012, 10:45 »
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Back in the days when I paid $1600 for a D70 (oh my!) it came with a copy of Capture and I updated it until recently when I started using Lightroom.   Can you use the View NX and convert to a TIF and work with that in PSE? 

I do know that you cannot view NEF thumbnails in Windows 7 unless you download a codec file from Windows. 

WarrenPrice

« Reply #19 on: September 08, 2012, 13:42 »
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Back in the days when I paid $1600 for a D70 (oh my!) it came with a copy of Capture and I updated it until recently when I started using Lightroom.   Can you use the View NX and convert to a TIF and work with that in PSE? 

I do know that you cannot view NEF thumbnails in Windows 7 unless you download a codec file from Windows.

I haven't used ViewNX yet but that is my next step.  Don;t like using Two Steps to accomplish the task.  Thinking Lightroom may be the next best option.   :(
Thanks for the help. 

« Reply #20 on: September 08, 2012, 19:15 »
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You won't always need 2 steps unless you need to do some work in layers.  Lightroom is pretty advanced, also you can add keywords and export as JPEG right to your on-sale folder. 

« Reply #21 on: September 08, 2012, 23:57 »
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Any suggests why i should change my D300?

« Reply #22 on: September 09, 2012, 06:40 »
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Doubt if its a significant step up enough from the 300

WarrenPrice

« Reply #23 on: September 09, 2012, 08:22 »
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I think the D7000 was intended to replace the D90 and picked up some D300 habits in the design process.  :P

WarrenPrice

« Reply #24 on: September 09, 2012, 08:31 »
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You won't always need 2 steps unless you need to do some work in layers.  Lightroom is pretty advanced, also you can add keywords and export as JPEG right to your on-sale folder.

I used the Nikon software to transfer images.  I need to spend more time with the camera and manual.  I just realized that RAW (Nef) and JPG files are written to separate Cards (when using both SD card slots).  I shoot Nef & JPG fine.   I uploaded the JPG card using PSE8.

Will do some Nef (RAW) editing today.  Also haven't read the software instructions.   :-[

I'm not thrilled with the focus.  I'm having trouble getting sharp images at slow shutter speeds-wide aperture.  Will try next with the "Mirror up" feature? ???


 

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