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considering the d7000

km6xz

St Petersburg, RU
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"RE: considering the d7000"

km6xz Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, including Portraits and Urban Photography Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2009
Fri 28-Dec-12 03:32 AM

At first you might be disappointed. The D7000 is a much more capable camera but the D40 is no slouch. Both produce quality images, the D7000n just does it in lower light as well, and keeping faster action sharp.
The reason for disapppoint is newer Nikons have default settings for sharpening and contrast set low so you might find your initial images to be a bit more dull and less crip looking. Also colors will be less saturated but in reality that is normal and the D40 and most Point and Shoot cameras get people trained to expect over saturated colors. Shortly after getting up to speed with all the features of the D7000 and create your own Picture Controls, or get involved with post process deeper, you will find the files are really flexible, quiet and critically sharp.
Lenses? As mentioned, the best for you depends on your interests. None of the superzooms really stand out compared to pro constant aperture lenses but they are all good. I would suggest the kit 18-105vr because it is so cheap and capable that you will be happy with it until you decide what focal range your first specialty faster lens purchase need to be. The 35 is fast and sharp even pretty good wide open. So a 18-105 for general work and the 35 for lower light work would be the best bang for buck. All the better lenses are better in specific criteria but are less considered general purpose lenses. For example the best low cost portrait lense is likely the 85 1.8G which is incredible sharp, with good bokeh and only $450, great for that focal length but not suitable for things like wider angles, architecture, landscapes etc. If you need telephoto reach, the best bang for the buck is the 70-300vr, but a prime like the $800 180 2.8 is excellent. After about 5,000 shots with the D7000 and a kit lens I will have a pretty strong idea of what specifically you need to upgrade for one particular favorite type of subject. If you gravitate towards landscape, every company makes better low cost wide and ultrawide lenses for that subject than the kit lenses, at a lot less money than the 18-200. If your subject is wildlife, you will run into the marginal image quality of the 18-200 over 135-150 mm and will want more speed.
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