I found Nikonians through a google search in regards to my D7000. This is a very cool site and I see many seasoned and informative shooters in these forums. I am not creating this post to be abusive to Nikon at all but I do want my experience to be known as it might help another D7000 shooter with a similar experience as mine and maybe we can learn from my mistakes.
I bought a D7K to become my primary camera and to relieve my D300 to a back up role. This was over a year ago. I did not purchase an extended five year warranty. So the one year warranty has passed. Right off the bat, I noticed that I was missing focus. I shoot AF-S most of the time. I shot various situations, baseball, volleyball, assignments in low light indoor/flash required settings and put it through the ringer shooting what a love to shoot in my spare time, nature. All with equal results, soft images. If there was any sharpness, it was behind my the intent of focus and even after the standard sharpening in photoshop, that same area behind the intent of focus was not sharp to my standards of sharpness.
One of many of my character defects is taking the easy way out. I picked my D300 back up and put my D7000 in the back up role and I did not deal with the problem. Since finding Nikonians and reading up on the focus issues I realized the camera might have a true issue with focus. So about a month ago, I picked up the camera and put it through some more test with the same results each time. I knew it was time to send it off to Nikon and a nice large bill would be behind any repair.
Here is what was done at Nikon repair -ADJ Mirror angle -ADJ auto focus operation -CKD communication -CKD shutter release -CLN CCD -firmware upgrade -check and clean
Needless to say the mirror adj and adjustment to the auto focus operation stand out to me.
I had already updated the firmware before I retested the camera a second time.
I am wondering if many of these D7000's are coming out of a particular factory with some issues or is there only one Nikon Factory?
I got my camera back from Nikon today and put the camera back on a test run, WOW, the difference to me is night and day, to an untrained eye it might not be as visible but to me it is everything. Bottom line when it comes to issues like this, when your not getting expected results from the D7000 from test after test, it might be time to let Nikon look at it, especially before a warranty runs out.
I have been shooting Nikon since the mid 90's and have no plans on leaving. But I would be curious to know exactly how many people are having to send back these cameras for these issues. It would be nice to know, maybe if the numbers were high enough there might be a recall and I might have reason for a refund on my repair bill.
A fellow friend and photographer of mine recently got his new D7000 and he is having similar problems.
I know this is a long post and I apologize for that.
Anyway, I am just happy my D7000 is functioning and is gaining my trust, because trust is a must when it comes to your gear.
Cheers and happy shooting everyone.
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