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Another D7000 review

Don’t you love it when you stumble upon a great blog or website that you’ve never visited before?

For me – I thought I had seen all the good photography sites out there, but no..  of course not!

Nasim and Lola are a married couple (with two kids) who are both photographers!   They’re reviews are really personal, full of good information and hands on experience with the gear.

Here’s Nasim’s review on the D7000 – http://mansurovs.com/nikon-d7000-review

He’s also written a good article on full frame versus cropped frames here that’s worth a read if you’re having the same problems as me deciding!  http://mansurovs.com/nikon-dx-vs-fx

 

 

 

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D7000 or D700 full frame?

Aarghh!

I want to upgrade my camera this year, but I really can’t decide.

Stick with the DX crop sensor and lenses and get the Nikon D7000?

Or make the shift to full frame, get a Nikon D700, and have to sell my Tokina 12-24 F4 DX and Nikon 17-55 F2.8 DX lenses and upgrade to perhaps the Nikon 24-70 F2.8 FX lens?   (Luckily my other lenses are full frame ready).

I know the D700 route will be much more expensive in the end, but will it be more worth it in the long run?

Nikon D7000 – http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikond7000/ and http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/d7000.htm

Nikon D700 – http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikond700/ and http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/d700.htm

Looks like I’m not the only one pondering this question!

http://photo.net/nikon-camera-forum/00XJa7

http://artoftheimage.blogspot.com/2010/11/nikon-d7000-vs-nikon-d700-high-iso.html

http://nikonrumors.com/forum/topic.php?id=2527

[Update 9 March 2011]

I’ve finally decided to go full frame.  At the back of my head, if I went DX, I would always think that the low light, high ISO performance wouldn’t be the best I could get within my budget.   One useful site I’ve found is snapsort, which lets you compare features of cameras.

Here is the comparison between the D700 and D7000 – http://snapsort.com/compare/Nikon_D700-vs-Nikon_D7000

The thing that swayed me is the noise performance.  According to DXOMark, a picture at ISO 1167 on a D7000 will have the same amount of noise as a picture taken at ISO 2303 on a D700.  Wow – a full stop! 

And comparing to my current D80 – http://snapsort.com/compare/Nikon_D700-vs-Nikon_D80

D80 ISO 524 is equivalent to D700’s ISO 2303.    That’s just mind boggling.

I’m thinking – you can always invest in new lenses, but the noise in the sensor is fixed by your body.  A D700 with a 50mm 1.4 lens, or a mid range 2.8 zoom would be amazing.

Excited about the Nikon D7000!

Every few weeks for the past few months, I’ve been doing a Google search for D700x or D700s, in anticipation of a new camera body from Nikon at the upcoming Photokina photography trade fair.

So I was surprised, but excited, to read that a new D7000 model is being launched at Photokina next week.

It seems to be upgrade of the D90, prosumer line, than an upgrade to the professional D700 line. 

I’m excited about these things:

Supposedly great low light (high ISO) performance

This is one thing that is really pushing me to upgrade my D80.  At ISO 1600, I get really grainy shots.  Sure I can fix it somewhat later through software, but it’s always better to get the best quality shots out of the camera first.  Initially I was thinking that the D3 family or D700 is my only route to get better low light performance because of the larger pixel sizes on the full frame sensor.  But if the D7000 can deliver as good low noise, I’ll be happy!

Unfortunately, I haven’t seen a definitive review on its high ISO performance yet or a comparison to the D700, so I’ll have to wait and see.

DX format

OK, I was seriously thinking of going full frame, only because of the low noise aspect.  But the truth is, I have 2 lenses now that are DX lenses – my Tokina 12-24 and Nikon 17-55 2.8.  If I had to upgrade to full frame, it would cost me!!!   I don’t care if people think that FF is better and DX inferior – if someone has come up with a way for DX to produce exactly the same quality photos than FF, then does it really matter?

So if I get the same low light performance with DX, then I would theoretically only need to upgrade the body, and leave my entire lens collection intact!

Also, DX format means my Sigma 70-200 2.8 is actually a 105-300 2.8.  By going full frame, if I wanted that reach I’d have to buy an extender or a new longer zoom lens.

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As for other things, LiveView, video recording, virtual horizon – they’re great but not something I “need”.  Sure, I’ll use them if the camera I have has them, but I’ve gotten by without those things.

Time to save up and prep the wifey 🙂

Here’s some further reading: