I’m undecided about this deal at Adorama. SKU: INKD7000L8 MFR: INKD7000L8. Nikon D7000 Digital SLR Camera Body, with Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S Lens for $2,686.95. Seems like a good price for the pair.
I’ve got a D90 with a couple DX and a couple FX lenses. Nikkor 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED AF-S DX Nikkor 28-105mm f3.5-4.5D AF Zoom Nikkor 18-105mm f-3.5-5.6G ED AF-S DX VR Nikkor 70-300mm f-4.5-5.6G IF-ED AF-S VR II Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED AF-S VR II Teleconverter AF-S TC-20E III
I don’t know if I will ever go to FX, although with the D800 etc. cameras, things are getting very interesting. I like the 1.5x factor and fast fstop of FX lenses. One of the reasons I’m considering getting this bundle is it seems my wife has taken over the P7100. I bought that as a backup for a boat trip to Southeast Alaska.
Now we’ve booked a trip to the Galapagos next spring, it’s where she wanted to go, I wanted Alaska. Every once in a while I win one. I’d hate to be without some kind of backup on a trip like this. We don’t do these kind of trips normally. But we figured that we should take these trips before we got too old to make the most of them.
Maybe I should just wait a couple of years instead to see what new cameras come out. OR think maybe it’s just a SEVERE CASE of NAS.
#1. "RE: Is this a deal or wait it out?" In response to Reply # 0
For that price it's a relatively good deal, but you might be better served by waiting it out. Rumors are that there may be some upgraded DX model(s) out within the next six months or so. There's always the option to rent a D7000 body for your cruise - but that will do absolutely nothing for the NAS.
#2. "RE: Is this a deal or wait it out?" In response to Reply # 0
St Petersburg, RU
The D7000 is likely to be replaced or added to by a 24mpx version in the winter so you do not need to commit to anything right now. Yes, the 24-70 is a great addition to your already good collection of lenses. I wanted a higher quality mid zoom for the D7000 and got the 17-55 2.8 but never really warmed up to it and it sat in the bag. I kept thinking my real goal was the 24-70 even though it was more expensive and a little long on its widest. Finally I did get one last May and I have been more than pleased with it. The 24-70 and 70-200 make a wonderful, do everything except very wide combination. You will love it. Price? Well, I paid $1960 for the 24-70 plus tax so your D7000 cost in this package is less than $680, almost 1/2 the price I paid for my D7000. The lenses you will use most will be the 10-24 and 70-200 plus or minus the TC on the Galapagos trip. She is probably right, (aren't they always?), this trip is going to be exciting and different than you expect. Besides, since she got her way, you can plan a longer more intense trip to Alaska without hearing much argument from her so you win in both cases. Before you visit, you should read the Voyages of the Beagle, it will make it all more interesting. Also read Origins of Species by Darwin, his writing is really good literature and reads well today. There are more recent books that bring the newest discoveries learned in Galapagos bring his writing into better perspective and suggests just how important and insightful his work was and why it shook the world as one of the most important discoveries in history. Any of Richard Dawkins' books tie it all together elegantly in layman accessible language. For videos, find the 3 part 2008 BBC series "The Genius of Charles Darwin" which won most possible awards for best documentary, written and presented by Dawkins. It will bring the whole trip into focus for you. Maybe your wife already say it and is why she wanted to go. Stan St Petersburg Russia
#4. "RE: Is this a deal or wait it out?" In response to Reply # 2
You can get a 24-70mm F2.8 from a reputable dealer like Adaroma for a little under $1,900.D7000 bodies can be had for about $$1,000.
As to waiting for a better body I dont think anyone really knows what is coming or when.Like most electronic,s camera bodies become out moded every several years. Remember the D7000 currently has the best APS sensor available.
I would also like to point out the pixel density on a D7000 is almost identical to a D800.Going to a greater density (24M) means that compromises in sensitivity etc will be made.Thats why there is a D3x and reqular D3.
As someone pointed out you can always rent if its just for a cruise.
I upgaded from a D90 to the D7000 after trying it.For me there was a signifant improvement in color rendetion and lo light performance. But if you are using prints of 8X10 the difference may not be worth it to you.