So after using the D40 happily for four years, I've taken the plunge and chased down a D7000. After a lot of vacillating (D90? D7000? D700?) I ended up back at the d7k, but opted for the AF-D f/2 35mm to go with it in case FX calls me back...
Why stay with DX? I have a brand spanking new 18-200 VRII sitting in the bag, and my photographic ambition far exceeds my ability and available time. So DX it is for now... A no-brainer to the external viewer perhaps, but the like was strong with the full format concept.
My initial impressions of the D7K aren't 100% though. Like others before me, I'm worried about the sharpness. I'll also acknowledge that I haven't given it a fair go in daylight, and hear the argument that the higher pixel count makes it harder to hide poor technique...
So I'll give it a go in full summer sunlight at Luna Park in Sydney tomorrow. Should be good mix - fairground fun, lots of colour and contrast, and small kids being scared witless by a big guy in a red suit.
Like >others before me, I'm worried about the sharpness.
Don't worry about it. The in-camera sharpness setting is factory set very conservatively. You can reset it to 7 or 8 with no problems. Plus PP images can stand a good deal of sharpening that my prior cameras couldn't.
Just use good technique (know what you're focussing on), good lenses, and the sharpness of the D7000 will be incredible. You will see details (good and bad) that your D40 couldn't resolve.
Congratulations Connor! You have made a great choice. Those worries of sharpness will be short lived. Once you get used to the handling of the camera and get your post processing sharpening dialed in you will be very happy.
Dave Summers Lowden, Iowa Nikonians Photo Contest Director
Nikonians membership - "My most important photographic investment, after the camera"
>Don't worry about it. The in-camera sharpness setting is >factory set very conservatively.
I'm surprised at that. I guess they might start off softer for the casual user (speculating), but at the price point ($1650 body only in AUS) I'm guessing there will be more people taking more time over their pictures.
>Plus PP images can stand a good deal of >sharpening that my prior cameras couldn't.
Thanks, that's interesting and good to know. Not something I really spent a lot of time over with D40 images where contrast and brightness seemed to need more attention.
>Just use good technique (know what you're focussing on),
A good tip - the first section of the manual I read was AF control!
I use the D7000 with the DX 18-200VR lens and the DX F1.8 35mm lens. I have nothing but good tings to say about the camera. Coming from the D40 (which I still use) it is a joy to use. No more hunting and searching for focus with the 18-200 lens. It just shoots and shoots well.