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Nikon D7000 and a Leica M3

kshapero

South Florida, US
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kshapero Gold Member Nikonian since 29th Jan 2006
Thu 03-Jan-13 12:22 PM

I am a semi pro (which means I still have a day job), when I go out on a gig my primary rig is a D7000, 16-85 zoom and a Nikon SB-700 flash (I said I was a "semi" pro), but I always bring my trusty M3 also. If I shoot a 1000 exposures (usually more) with the D7000, I get about 150-175 keepers. With the M3 I will shoot about a 100 exposures and get about 30 or so keepers. Nowadays if I only bring the M3 or even a digital of equivalent size, I feel I am not taken seriously. So the D7000 stays. Also when I do shot the M3 during the gig, there is no pressure. People actually lighten up and act more naturally because they think I am just "fooling" around.
Akiva S.

Nikon F, FE, Nikkormat FTN, Nikon D7000, Leica M3

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km6xz

St Petersburg, RU
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#1. "RE: Nikon D7000 and a Leica M3" | In response to Reply # 0

km6xz Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, including Portraits and Urban Photography Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2009
Thu 03-Jan-13 01:56 PM

Hi Akiva, have you explored why you are getting 15% satisfactory photos with one and 30% with the other? If this is for clients it would certainly increase you profitability if you could boost both or at least the D7000 shots.
Stan
St Petersburg Russia

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kshapero

South Florida, US
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#2. "RE: Nikon D7000 and a Leica M3" | In response to Reply # 1

kshapero Gold Member Nikonian since 29th Jan 2006
Thu 03-Jan-13 02:26 PM

>Hi Akiva, have you explored why you are getting 15%
>satisfactory photos with one and 30% with the other? If this
>is for clients it would certainly increase you profitability
>if you could boost both or at least the D7000 shots.
>Stan
>St Petersburg Russia

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>my
>Nikonians gallery>.



Keep in mind that with a digital camera we often take 3 or more shots of the sma e pose, etc because we can. With film there is a tendency to make every shot count. Different mentality.
Akiva S.

Nikon F, FE, Nikkormat FTN, Nikon D7000, Leica M3

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km6xz

St Petersburg, RU
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#3. "RE: Nikon D7000 and a Leica M3" | In response to Reply # 2

km6xz Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, including Portraits and Urban Photography Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2009
Fri 04-Jan-13 12:23 PM | edited Fri 04-Jan-13 12:27 PM by km6xz

Yes, there is a tendency to take less care with digital. I shot film for years and every shot ticked over a dollar counter in my head just before hitting the release.
The freedom to waste shots generated a habit of taking more and thinking less, that is, until I got the D800 and my thoughts flash to downloading and processing a burdensome 42-72mb file for every click. I have really slowed down, more film like as a result. When I first got that camera, after taking 1 cat shot and a couple backyard flower shots, I was on a plane heading to a beautiful area of Scotland where in a week I took only about 100 frame with the new camera but the keeper and suitable-to-print-large rate zoom to the best ever. I shoot a lot less but keep a lot more with that camera due to the thought that each frame should count if it is that big. When switching back the D7000, the return of the old habit from film of thinking a little longer about each shot, pays off with that camera just as much. Iwent out shooting with a friend who has a 5DIII and it really iratated me, every one of his shots was a burst of 10 or more even shots that were too casual and meaningless to waste a cell phone shot on. I took about 30 shots in 3 hours, he took 500 and had almost nothing to show for it.
Stan
St Petersburg Russia

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kshapero

South Florida, US
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#4. "RE: Nikon D7000 and a Leica M3" | In response to Reply # 3

kshapero Gold Member Nikonian since 29th Jan 2006
Fri 04-Jan-13 02:06 PM

>Yes, there is a tendency to take less care with digital. I
>shot film for years and every shot ticked over a dollar
>counter in my head just before hitting the release.
>The freedom to waste shots generated a habit of taking more
>and thinking less, that is, until I got the D800 and my
>thoughts flash to downloading and processing a burdensome
>42-72mb file for every click. I have really slowed down, more
>film like as a result. When I first got that camera, after
>taking 1 cat shot and a couple backyard flower shots, I was on
>a plane heading to a beautiful area of Scotland where in a
>week I took only about 100 frame with the new camera but the
>keeper and suitable-to-print-large rate zoom to the best ever.
>I shoot a lot less but keep a lot more with that camera due to
>the thought that each frame should count if it is that big.
>When switching back the D7000, the return of the old habit
>from film of thinking a little longer about each shot, pays
>off with that camera just as much. Iwent out shooting with a
>friend who has a 5DIII and it really iratated me, every one of
>his shots was a burst of 10 or more even shots that were too
>casual and meaningless to waste a cell phone shot on. I took
>about 30 shots in 3 hours, he took 500 and had almost nothing
>to show for it.
>Stan
>St Petersburg Russia

Visit
>my
>Nikonians gallery>.



Excellent rant. I also find that shooting in RAW slows me down, knowing all the PP work I will have to do.
Akiva S.

Nikon F, FE, Nikkormat FTN, Nikon D7000, Leica M3

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