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stanflyfisher Registered since 30th Nov 2007Tue 22-Feb-11 11:16 PM
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"Should I move to the 7000 from my D200?"


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I have grown very comfortable with my d200 (like an old sweater). Is the D7000 a big step up. I have total control of my D200, usually shoot in manual mode, etc. I would appreciate any input.
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JonK Moderator Awarded for his high level skills and in-depth knowledge in various areas, such as Wildlife, Landscape and Stage Photography Nikonian since 03rd Jul 2004Wed 23-Feb-11 12:00 AM
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#1. "RE: Should I move to the 7000 from my D200?"
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New York, US
          

The D7000 is better in many ways: better sensor, better high ISO sensitivity, higher resolution, larger LCD, Live View, more accurate viewfinder (100%). And the body is smaller, I think.

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chris_platt Silver Member Nikonian since 04th Apr 2009Wed 23-Feb-11 12:22 AM
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#2. "RE: Should I move to the 7000 from my D200?"
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Newburg, US
          

Yes. I waited for the D7000 before upgrading from my D200. The D200 was an extension of my hand, but the D7000 is amazing. The control layout is more like my old (and cherished) D70 though.

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newton124 Registered since 18th Nov 2009Wed 23-Feb-11 12:26 AM
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I did. What I like best is better sensitivity. I shoot a lot indoors & at 600-800, I don't see much of a difference over 200-400 on the D200.

The 7000 is a bit smaller & lighter than the 200. I also use a grip on each of them - wouldn't go back to "gripless".

I don't really use the video feature. The extra pixels don't concern me much either. Liveview has come in handy from time to time when I shoot over my head.

There is a learning curve though.

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pdekman Gold Member Winner in The Nikonians 10th Anniversary Photo Contest Awarded as a regular contributor who offers in-depth knowledge to members who are interested in building efficient work flows. Nikonian since 17th Nov 2005Wed 23-Feb-11 12:40 AM
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#4. "RE: Should I move to the 7000 from my D200?"
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Swisher, US
          

I did for the following reasons: Better high ISO performance - especially holding good DR and color at ISO1600+ indoors, ability to use LiveView for macro and product shots and the bump in resolution is welcome for wildlife shooting with the inevitable need to crop at times. 9-cross type sensors in the AF is welcome and of course the 3" high-res display is an improvement. The battery performance is outstanding in comparison (about 1200 shots/charge).

The ergonomics are different, but quickly learned. It has bracketing, Mup, AF-On, and flash commander. Buffer performance should be watched - I typically shoot 3-5 frames in a burst (RAW) which has not been a problem yet. I have to say it is a better camera than my beloved D200. I can only hope it remains as rugged and trust-worthy over the coming years.

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JosephK Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his excellent and frequent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community in the Nikonians spirit. Nikonian since 17th Apr 2006Wed 23-Feb-11 01:25 AM
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#5. "RE: Should I move to the 7000 from my D200?"
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Seattle, WA, US
          

It is like a sideways move. You are moving up in technology (better sensor, higher ISO, new autofocus system, etc). You are also moving down in body lines (smaller size, fewer external buttons, etc).

If you are like me, you want the D7000 tech in the D300 body. This should be the D400, whenever it gets released. I have waited this long, another few months won't kill me.... My D200 still takes great pictures.

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DrBrett Silver Member Nikonian since 23rd Apr 2006Wed 23-Feb-11 06:36 PM
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#6. "RE: Should I move to the 7000 from my D200?"
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I did. Still love the D200 but wouldn't go back to it. The D7000 improvements have already been mentioned - love the higher ISO performance which alone was worth the cost of the new camera. I do prefer the button layout of the D200 however, and the D200's ability to bracket more than 3 images - I have been doing a few HDR images and being limited to 3 bracketed images with the D7000 is a pain.

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billD80 Silver Member Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2007Wed 23-Feb-11 09:53 PM
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#7. "RE: Should I move to the 7000 from my D200?"
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Ditto with what's been said.

The D7000 trumps my beloved D200 in every way I can think of.

I like the body layout better, the image quality is phenomenal. I was waiting for the D400. The D7000 had everything I was looking for, so I went for it. GREAT camera.

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Captain Rich Silver Member Nikonian since 25th May 2006Thu 24-Feb-11 12:52 AM
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#8. "RE: Should I move to the 7000 from my D200?"
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+1 for Brett. I loved the handling and size/ergonomics of the D200 - but I love the high ISO and weight of the D7000 more. Tough giving up on an old friend, but I think I'm going to learn to love the D7000. I've had a few issues (self induced, I think), but as I learn it, things are starting to sort themselves out. It's a great camera - just different. But I do miss the D200.

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billcavanagh Registered since 05th Jun 2009Thu 24-Feb-11 01:42 AM
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Suffern, US
          

The D7000 is a worthy upgrade from a D200. But, my own view is that by August a D300 replacement will be out with the controls layout of a D300, i.e. all those nifty control wheels and:

- At least 16.2 MB and ISO 6400 if not ISO 12,800
- CF and SD-HC slots
- 51 Point AF system
- 2016 pixel color matrix metering
- 8 frames per second native and 10 with a grip
- 1080P video
- Magnesium body and full weather sealing.
- etc.

So the question is are you willing to wait?

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richardd300 Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Apr 2009Fri 25-Feb-11 10:30 AM
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#10. "RE: Should I move to the 7000 from my D200?"
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Dyserth, GB
          

Or perhaps the question should be "will you be able to afford it"? I don't recon there will be much change out of £1500 or $2350 initially. If and of course, this my very humble opinion, they dumped the video and made it a dedicated pro image camera only! Now there's a happy thought, imagine a dSLR without video = deep joy

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aerobat Registered since 05th May 2006Fri 25-Feb-11 06:22 PM
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Büren, CH
          

I use a D200 and D300. The D200 still works like a charm but I wanted to replace it with the D7000. In November 2010 I bouhgt the D7000 but sold it just after a few days. Despite the better sensor the ergonomics aren't for me. I know my D200 and D300 inside out and love direct access to all main functions. One issue which really bugged me was the inability to switch to 100% magnification with a single button press in review mode. That's something I do after almost every shot to make sure I got a sharp photo. This is just software and could have been easily implemented (i.e. copied from the D200 and D300).
I'll wait what the D400 looks like or switch to the D700 or successor.

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Len Shepherd Gold Member Nikonian since 09th Mar 2003Fri 25-Feb-11 10:00 PM
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Yorkshire, GB
          

Whether you change is up to you.
My take on the D200 was it did not quite equal the best print quality I could achieve from 100 ISO slide film.
The D300 can do this comfortably at 800 ISO, with better AF, colour, twin card slots and (on the s) video.
Whilst the D7000 does not have quite the build quality of D200 or D300 my initial tests are it can match 100 ISO slide film to 1600.
The D7000 is SD cards only and your D200 is CF cards only. If you have a lot of money invested in cards the likely D400 will probably take SD and CF cards.
Digressing to the UK the D7000 launch price was £1100.
For the next few days Grays of Westminster have it at £959 (about average) - with a £150 voucher if you buy other equipment at the same time. My guess is this is counteract possible Focus show deals at possibly £850-900.

Photography is a bit like archery. A technically better camera, lens or arrow may not hit the target as often as it could if the photographer or archer does not practice enough.

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#13. "RE: Should I move to the 7000 from my D200?"
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Paignton, GB
          


>For the next few days Grays of Westminster have it at £959
>(about average) - with a £150 voucher if you buy other
>equipment at the same time. My guess is this is counteract
>possible Focus show deals at possibly £850-900.

Mifsuds already offer the D7000 at £889.

Brian
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greenwing Gold Member Nikonian since 18th May 2006Sat 26-Feb-11 04:53 PM
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#15. "RE: Should I move to the 7000 from my D200?"
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Yorkshire, GB
          

Warehouse Express at £899, RGB Cameras at £870. Seems like the initial supply shortage has worked itself out.

Chris

  

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Gremlich Registered since 17th Apr 2010Sat 26-Feb-11 12:12 PM
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No, Wait.

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