I just bought a 7000D with an 18-200mm VRII lens, both of which I have yet to start using, and subsequently came across a review on cameralabs.com from December 2010 saying that the 7000D tends to overexpose by as much as +1EV in bright sunlight. It also talked about buffering problems when shooting bursts of over 25-30 photos in all but the lowest quality JPEG settings. Has either of these issues been corrected by Nikon since that review was written, either in production or with firmware updates?
Also, are there any "backfocusing" issues with the 7000D when used with 18-200 VRII and, if so, how easily are these corrected for?
I am trying to determine if I should keep or return this cam before I put any serious time or effort into learning it, and would really appreciate some help with this.
#1. "RE: Does the 7000D still overexpose?" In response to Reply # 0
St Petersburg, RU
The D7000 does not overexpose as a general rule, in fact, it captures and retains wider range data than any camera cameralabs.com probably ever tested.
Rather than paying attention to the few negative opinions about the camera, why not try it yourself? People who actually use the camera and understand exposure, light and DR find the camera to be the best crop camera available, at any price.
It is not a cheap purchase, if coupled with decent lenses, so why, might I ask, did you buy a camera that you are not confident in? After you start using it, and if you run into a problem scene or photo, post it here and we can help you work through the problem.
#2. "RE: Does the 7000D still overexpose?" In response to Reply # 0
Welcome to Nikonians Mike.
The D7000’s matrix metering does seem to work a bit differently than previous models from Nikon under certain conditions. There have been many threads about this here on the forum. One lengthy informative discussion can be found here .
As Stan mentioned the D7000 does have a wider DNR than any Nikon model to date, so perhaps that is why Nikon tweaked its matrix metering. And like Stan says, the D7000 is a great DX camera and considered by many as the best Nikon DX to date.
And in my experience, it appears the Expeed processor and Picture Controls of the D7000 seem to favor correct skin tones over highlights. So at times with in-camera JPEG’s you may see blown highlights that are the result of PP and not sensor saturation.
In my opinion if you want a fair, balanced and informative review, read Thom Hogan’s; Especially the section on metering, color and noise.
I say keep it and go out and enjoy it. There may be a bit of a learning curve you need to go through, but the end results will be well worth the wait.
#3. "RE: Does the 7000D still overexpose?" In response to Reply # 0
>Also, are there any "backfocusing" issues with the >7000D when used with 18-200 VRII and, if so, how easily are >these corrected for? >
OOPS!! I missed the back-focus question.
If you do a NikoScope search for back focus you will receive over 700 hits. One in particular that was very lengthy and informative was this one .
Most of the claimed focus issues were the result of people who did not understanding what 100% view represents. They often compared their lower MP cameras to the results of the D7000 in an editor at 100% view. Other times it was the result of improper testing technique. Others didn’t understand that different pixel densities require different handling in PP when considering sharpening. So a setting you used in Photoshop for your 10MP images would be insufficient for a 16MP image when printing. Others went to technique in that the greater enlargement at 100% view shows the result of poor technique more than lower pixel density images.
Have there been people who needed to send their cameras in for recalibration, yes there were. Just as there were some who had the lubricant spray issue (I’m one of them). But those were just a small percentage of the total production of D7000’s, with the majority of the people experiencing no issues at all. Nikon addressed those issues under warranty for those who had them.
And by now I would hope that Nikon being aware of the issues, they would have addressed them already and newer production units would not be as prone to the same issues.
Even though I had the lubricant spray issue, I still think the D7000 is a great camera, especially now that Nikon fixed it for me for free even though it was two months past warrenty.
#4. "RE: Does the 7000D still overexpose?" In response to Reply # 0
"buffering problems when shooting bursts of over 25-30 photos in all but the lowest quality JPEG settings"
If the buffer fills up in a burst of 25-30 photos on a non-pro DSLR, I don't consider that a problem. In fact, if it gets that far before bogging down (I haven't tested it), I would consider that another D7000 miracle.
#5. "RE: Does the 7000D still overexpose?" In response to Reply # 4
>If the buffer fills up in a burst of 25-30 photos on a non-pro >DSLR, I don't consider that a problem. In fact, if it gets >that far before bogging down (I haven't tested it), I would >consider that another D7000 miracle.
#6. "RE: Does the 7000D still overexpose?" In response to Reply # 0
>I am trying to determine if I should keep or return this cam >before I put any serious time or effort into learning it, and >would really appreciate some help with this. > >Thanks, Mike.
I'm sorry, but this just sounds funny. One approach would have been to make determinations before actual purchase. But buying a camera, then immediately posting concerns about whether or not one should return it, is just a tad out there. It comes across as a troll.
#9. "RE: Does the 7000D still overexpose?" In response to Reply # 8
Jefferson Hills, US
My D7000 exposes perfectly, or as I intend it to. I have always thought that the Nikon flash system overexposes slightly (for my taste), so I always dial in a third of a stop or more when using flash. But, that has been the case going all the way back to my D50. It's my taste, not the camera.
This is really a mute point. What exactly is perfect exposure? Everybody has a different expectation of proper exposure. That is why I laugh when critique of photos on this site say "it seems a little dark to me". Well, OK. Maybe to me it seems perfect, or a little light. Maybe your monitor is calibrated differently?
My advice is get the camera. Shoot with it. If it doesn't produce exactly what you're expecting, dial in a little compensation, and you're there. That's what we used to call photography in the film days. My D7000 is capable of getting exactly what I want, with the push of a couple buttons or the turn of a couple dials.
#11. "RE: Does the 7000D still overexpose?" In response to Reply # 0 Wed 29-Feb-12 07:14 AM by gfinlayson
I'd highly recommend obtaining a copy of Darrell Young's book - 'Mastering the D7000'. It'll take you through the functions and settings of the D7000 in plain English, explain what they do and how and when to use them.
The D7000 is a complex camera - the more effort you put into understanding and controlling it, the more predictable, accurate and rewarding your results will be.
Once you've mastered the key controls, practice, practice and practice some more. The more you shoot, the quicker you will understand how everything works in the field and the quicker your results will improve.
#12. "RE: Does the 7000D still overexpose?" In response to Reply # 11
Thanks to everyone who left helpful and constructive replies. To billd80: Thanks for the flame! Sorry you didn't like my post.
Anyway, I think it's common to have some "buyers remorse" after making a big-ticket purchase, especially if you read, hear, or discover something troubling about it after-the-fact. I know I should have read the "pro reviews" on the D7000 a little more thoroughly before purchasing (I did read them, but after about the first four long pages -- which are usually just all specs -- I start to suffer "brain freeze, LOL). I read a lot of consumer reviews on Amazon and other sites, and they were overwhelmingly positive, and none made any mention of any issues or deficiencies.
In any case, it's all academic, at this point, because the good news is that I've taken the D7000 out for a couple of test runs and, even though I can barely operate it yet, I love it! Granted it was in the late afternoon/evening, so overexposure couldn't have been an issue, but the low-light performance alone is enough reason to keep it. After reading threads posted here on the subject, I think any problems that may arise with Matrix Metering in bright daylight can be dealt with by getting to know the system better (if not, there's always center-weighted metering, spot metering, or post processing) and, if I have any AF problems that can't be corrected for in camera or with a change of technique (knock on wood), I'll probably err on the side of sending it in, since a few others here who have reported those problems have seen marked improvement after doing so. As for the buffer of the D7K filling up on extended bursts, it's not gonna matter to me unless I get into doing surf photography, for which I'd need to invest a small fortune in a big telephoto, and that's not happening any time real soon.
That's about it. Oh, and I hope I didn't annoy anyone this time. Please forgive if I did.
#13. "RE: Does the 7000D still overexpose?" In response to Reply # 12 Wed 29-Feb-12 01:35 PM by billD80
>Thanks to everyone who left helpful and constructive replies. >To billd80: Thanks for the flame! Sorry you didn't like my >post. > >Anyway, I think it's common to have some "buyers >remorse" after making a big-ticket purchase, especially >if you read, hear, or discover something troubling about it >after-the-fact.
Actually, it's not that I didn't like it. I thought the original post sounded funny, as I indicated. The title of the thread does too. "Does the 7000D STILL overexpose?" C'mon now. It's like the old question, "Do you STILL beat your wife?"
This, coming from an individual on their second post, all ready to return a big-ticket item they haven't opened, based on some conjecture.
If you think my post was a flame, I apologize.
And, since you thanked me, let me continue a bit more. My sensibilities on this go in two ways...
#1) From living overseas, where items are even more expensive, I noticed that people almost always KNEW what they were buying BEFORE purchase. They couldn't afford not to. The phenomenon I've noticed here in the US is people will purchase a $40,000 vehicle, and when you ask them what's under the hood, they don't know. I am an incurable cheapskate, so add that to the mix.
#2) I've owned 3 Nikons, the D80/D200/D7000. The latter is simply the best DX camera made. BUT the others were/are great machines as well, and yet, on various forums one would find all sorts of posts from folks claiming issues without ever posting actual images, almost hell-bent on finding problems as opposed to shooting pictures (exposure/AF/dust). All cameras are capable of having a problem, but it's remarkable how few actually do. For those that do, Nikon seems rather good at rectification.
Lastly, go out and take pictures, and make great images, and don't start looking for stuff that, 95% chance, isn't there. Photography is supposed to be fun, not an exercize in quality control.
Go into your user settings, Set for STANDARD color, if you shoot JPEG's, use the highest quality/largest size, set your SHARPENING to 6.
You have spent your money very well. If you have concerns or need guidance, post an image, and lots of people can help.