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kellyorourke

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kellyorourke Registered since 03rd Feb 2013
Sun 03-Feb-13 10:11 PM

My question: I read somewhere that if you do a lot of editing, post processing, that a higher MP camera will be better? I have a D90 now and I'm looking for a 2nd camera.

What I do with my camera: I'm a hobbyist that does pet photography and all proceeds go to animal rescue groups. So I'm not out attempting to make income for myself aka weddings and such. I"m not looking for the best of the best.

I was wondering if the higher MP count would be better since I do love to post process? I've heard the D7000 is a great camera and well built for the elements, i do shoot out in the snow.

I want a back up because I've already had to send my D90 in for a repair and had to reschedule some people.

Any input? I can go up to 1,200 in my budget but would rather I didn't.

Kelly ( I know who to ask, Nikonians!)

PS, I tried to repay for the silver and my card kept getting declined. I have the money! Not sure what's up. Will keep trying or just use paypal.

blw

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#1. "RE: Which Camera" | In response to Reply # 0

blw Moderator Awarded for his high level of expertise in various areas Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004
Sun 03-Feb-13 10:53 PM

I don't see it. I particularly don't see it since I'll guess that the use of your images is web publishing, email or small prints. ("Small" defined as being 16x24" or less, which is straightfoward to produce from a 12mp file.) If you're really just looking for a backup - meaning something you don't plan to use unless your main camera is on the blink, I'd recommend spending as little as possible. Say, a D100 or a D40x - which you should be able to find for around $175-$250. If you have older screwdriver AF lenses, you'll want one of the D100, D80, D50 as they are the only lower-spec (ie inexpensive) ones that have focusing motors.

> ... well built for the elements, i do shoot out in the snow.

None of these are "well" suited to bad weather. Frankly, even the D4 isn't well suited to bad weather - it is "weather sealed" until Nikon decides it was "too much." Far safer is to put any regular camera into a good rain cover. I use a pretty big and relatively expensive ThinkTank Hydrophobia, but there are less expensive ones. The Hydrophobia is good enough to shoot in a torrential downpour and have basically no water on the camera or lens.

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Asgard

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#2. "RE: Which Camera" | In response to Reply # 0

Asgard Administrator He is your Chief Guardian Angel at the Helpdesk and knows a lot about a lot Nikonian since 07th Apr 2004
Sun 03-Feb-13 11:07 PM

>PS, I tried to repay for the silver and my card kept getting
>declined. I have the money! Not sure what's up. Will keep
>trying or just use paypal.

If you have still a problem to upgrade, get in touch with me here:

http://www.nikonians.org/contact.php

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kellyorourke

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#3. "RE: Which Camera" | In response to Reply # 1

kellyorourke Registered since 03rd Feb 2013
Sun 03-Feb-13 11:41 PM

I have had a couple people as for poster sized prints, but it's rare. I was a bit uncomfortable with the request. I think it came out okay, neither i or they are pros so I'm sure we didn't critique it as such.

TY for the response.

Kelly.

kellyorourke

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kellyorourke Registered since 03rd Feb 2013
Sun 03-Feb-13 11:42 PM

I"m going to try and process it again tomorrow. If I have problems I'll contact you. This would be the 3rd year I've been a member. I get the best answers here. TY.

Kelly

kellyorourke

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#5. "RE: Which Camera" | In response to Reply # 1

kellyorourke Registered since 03rd Feb 2013
Sun 03-Feb-13 11:44 PM

When I say back up, i really mean just a 2nd camera. So I'm not looking for "cheap" or less then my D90 in any sense.

Kelly

blw

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blw Moderator Awarded for his high level of expertise in various areas Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004
Sun 03-Feb-13 11:50 PM

My inclination is to get another of your main camera, or as close as you can get. That way the controls will be the same, and you will use it equally without getting confused. The further afield you get - as an extreme example I used - once - a D3 and a D100 together interchangeably. It was confusing! My fingers kept going to the wrong buttons.

There's nothing at all wrong with a D7000 - you just haven't hit on the reasons that I would recommend it as the best buy.

I have the sense that you're really after an upgrade, but not saying why...

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MEMcD

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#7. "RE: Which Camera" | In response to Reply # 0

MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Mon 04-Feb-13 01:58 AM

Hi Kelly,

>My question: I read somewhere that if you do a lot of
>editing, post processing, that a higher MP camera will be
>better?

I think you are confusing PP with cropping. As long as you are not deeply cropping it should be a non-issue.

I have a D90 now and I'm looking for a 2nd camera.

>I was wondering if the higher MP count would be better since I
>do love to post process? I've heard the D7000 is a great
>camera and well built for the elements, i do shoot out in the
>snow.

If you plan on shooting in rain or snow, a quality rain cover is cheap insurance regardless of the camera body and lens that you are using.
It only takes one drop of water in the wrong place to damage your camera. I use Think Tank Hydrophobias and Aqua Tech rain covers.

>I want a back up because I've already had to send my D90 in
>for a repair and had to reschedule some people.
>
>Any input? I can go up to 1,200 in my budget but would rather
>I didn't.

Have you considered another D90?
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

kellyorourke

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#8. "RE: Which Camera" | In response to Reply # 7

kellyorourke Registered since 03rd Feb 2013
Mon 04-Feb-13 02:34 AM

TY for your response. As I read the responses I asked myself why not just get another D90!I love this camera, it's been good to me. It's great that you should mention it!

Kelly

coolmom42

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#9. "RE: Which Camera" | In response to Reply # 0

coolmom42 Moderator Awarded for her enthusiastic support of the community and exemplifying the Nikonian mission “Share, Learn and Inspire” Nikonian since 30th Nov 2011
Wed 06-Feb-13 03:12 AM

>My question: I read somewhere that if you do a lot of
>editing, post processing, that a higher MP camera will be
>better? I have a D90 now and I'm looking for a 2nd camera.
>
>What I do with my camera: I'm a hobbyist that does pet
>photography and all proceeds go to animal rescue groups. So
>I'm not out attempting to make income for myself aka weddings
>and such. I"m not looking for the best of the best.
>
>I was wondering if the higher MP count would be better since I
>do love to post process? I've heard the D7000 is a great
>camera and well built for the elements, i do shoot out in the
>snow.
>
>I want a back up because I've already had to send my D90 in
>for a repair and had to reschedule some people.
>
>Any input? I can go up to 1,200 in my budget but would rather
>I didn't.
>
>Kelly ( I know who to ask, Nikonians!)
>
>PS, I tried to repay for the silver and my card kept getting
>declined. I have the money! Not sure what's up. Will keep
>trying or just use paypal.


I have no input on the camera.... but you can call your debit card customer service and find out what the problem is. It may be that the charge is showing up as an international billing and their security is declining it.

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NikonMark37814

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#10. "RE: Which Camera" | In response to Reply # 9

NikonMark37814 Registered since 20th May 2010
Thu 07-Feb-13 12:47 AM

Kelly, like you I'm an animal photographer. My wife and I voluteer at the local humane society and photograph most of critters there on a weekly basis. I usually place them on table and use two SB-600 fired through an umbrella controlled by my SB-800. Back to your question, for a second body I'd consider something like the D3200. We use a D2X, D300s and D700 and a zoom lens. I'm seriously considering the D3200 for the wife because she doesn't like the weight with flash attached compared to the other bodies.

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Photograffiti

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#11. "RE: Which Camera" | In response to Reply # 10

Photograffiti Silver Member Nikonian since 03rd Apr 2006
Thu 07-Feb-13 02:02 AM

Although you say that you're not looking for the best of the best, the D7000 is just that - image-wise (DX), anyway. It performs exceptionally well at higher ISOs, has an excellent focusing system, wonderful ergonomics, a screw-driven motor for AF-D lenses, and can control Nikon's CLS. What more could you ask for?

My suggestion is this: Pick up a used D7000 and shoot with it a while. I regularly see them selling for $750. That will reduce your budget to about $450. After you shoot with it a while, you can sell your D90, add the proceeds to your original budget remainder, and pick up a backup D7000.

Problem solved.

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kellyorourke

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kellyorourke Registered since 03rd Feb 2013
Sun 10-Feb-13 10:44 PM

Hi! I actually killed my d600. I've debated sending it for the 50 to have it looked at or buy a sb700. I would like two, to use as you suggested but the expense is just too much right now. I'm not sure how I did my sb600 in but it will not flash. I think i identically left my camera on continuous shoot mode, not giving the Sb600 time to catch up. Lesson learned. Ugh.

Kelly

kellyorourke

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#13. "RE: Which Camera" | In response to Reply # 11

kellyorourke Registered since 03rd Feb 2013
Sun 10-Feb-13 10:46 PM

I was all set to get the D7000 when I got my D90. The sales person talked me into the D90. Which is a great camera. But I'm not sure he did it for all the right reasons. I've heard wonderful things about the D7000.

Kelly

MEMcD

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#14. "RE: Which Camera" | In response to Reply # 12

MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Sun 10-Feb-13 11:35 PM

Hi Kelly,

It is almost always significantly cheaper to have a Speedlight repaired than buying a new one or even a used on for that matter.
If you eventually want to add a second Speedlight keep in mind that the SB-600 can be used on camera or as a CLS remote.
If it was mine, I would have it repaired.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

kellyorourke

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#15. "RE: Which Camera" | In response to Reply # 14

kellyorourke Registered since 03rd Feb 2013
Mon 11-Feb-13 03:49 AM

Hmmm, i may take it in then. I hate to have to buy a new one.

TY

Kelly

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#16. "RE: Which Camera" | In response to Reply # 14

kellyorourke Registered since 03rd Feb 2013
Mon 11-Feb-13 03:52 AM

So most of the time the sensor isn't dead?
I will take it to my camera store tomorrow....they said 50 bux to send in and if it can be fixed it goes toward the repair.

Kelly

MEMcD

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#17. "RE: Which Camera" | In response to Reply # 16

MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Mon 11-Feb-13 04:32 AM

Hi Kelly,

You might want to call:

Authorized Photo Service

8125 River Drive, Suite 100
Morton Grove, IL 60053

Phone: 847-966-4091
Fax: 847-966-4101

They are a Nikon Authorized Service Station and are usually cheaper and faster than Nikon Service.
They will give you a free estimate and will not make the repair until you approve.
Of course you will have to pay for the shipping but it should be significantly less than $50.00.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

kellyorourke

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#18. "RE: Which Camera" | In response to Reply # 17

kellyorourke Registered since 03rd Feb 2013
Mon 11-Feb-13 11:38 AM

TY TY TY

Kelly

MEMcD

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#19. "RE: Which Camera" | In response to Reply # 18

MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Mon 11-Feb-13 12:59 PM

Hi Kelly,

You are very welcome.
Let us Know what they find.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

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