I have been sat on the fence about upgrading my existing camera to a d7000. A bit of a background story, I wanted to get into photography but was concerned that if I bought a d-slr I would not use it. I came to this conclusion due to the size and complexity of the camera. Because of this I bought a Panasonic G3. I also bought a F1.7 pancake lense as I primarily was going to take portrait/family shots and it got a good review. I have really enjoyed using this camera but feel I want to step up to a true D-SLR. I have discounted the 3200/5200 as I want to really go further than a starter D-SLR. Also I know the d7000 replacement is not a million miles away but I generally dont buy tech when it released unless it is a serious improvement.
So after all that my question is fairly simple. My budget just about stretches to a D7000 body and possibly 2 lenses, am I going to see a marked improvement in picture from a modern 4/3rd camera to a mid range D-SLR?
I know that there is many factors like settings and actual photographic skill but on a technical level if someone could give me any ideas/pointers constructive criticism I would be much appreciated.
On a side note, I have been seriously bitten by the photography bug, I am taking a course in a months time so would like to get the camera before then.
#1. "RE: upgrading from a Panny G3 to D7000" In response to Reply # 0
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I can’t be sure if you will see an improvement in picture quility right away by moving up to a DSLR. You will however see an improvement as you learn and build your skills.
The D7000 is great for someone who wants a camera that they can grow into. It still has scene modes and automatic features that you can use right away. Then you can slowly start to incorporate advanced features as you master the fundamentals.
In the end the D7000 will allow you to take full control of your photography.
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#2. "RE: upgrading from a Panny G3 to D7000" In response to Reply # 0
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You've made a great choice. The D7000 has established itself as a camera capable of high quality photography. It will take a bit of learning and experience to master so don't get discouraged. The end result is worth the effort.
Leave room in your budget for a 3rd party guide to the D7000 since the Nikon manual is a bit dry and unintuitive. I personally like the Thom Hogan Complete Guide to the D7000, but there are several that are very good. Get to know the menus and where some of the important settings are. Also get to know what the various controls on the camera body do. Nikon has a great Digitutor for the D7000. Here's the link,
#3. "RE: upgrading from a Panny G3 to D7000" In response to Reply # 2
Thanks for replies much appreciated. It is a shame Jessops has closed in the UK, I have never held the camera so can not relate it to my 4/3rd camera in terms of size. I think I am going to bite the bullet and order the body and have a look at some lenses. I don't really need a zoom lens, so whilst this has gone off at a tangent what lens do you use?