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D7000 or wait for D400??

km6xz

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"RE: D7000 or wait for D400??"

km6xz Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, including Portraits and Urban Photography Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2009
Tue 21-Sep-10 03:54 AM

We have to stop and realize none of us has even touched a D7000 or D400/9000 so all is speculation on how the all important "feel" factor will be satisfied.
But one thing that strikes me is how hard it appears to be to draw clear distinctions between amateur and semi-pro cameras nowadays. All the features listed in various "gotta have" lists in a Semi-pro are covered in the cheaper models now except 2 connectors which actually are using a different connector, or a very low cost adapter. According to the specs, the D7000 is more pro than most pro costing units of 5 years ago.
Maybe there are sliding curves of some values for that increasingly blurred "pro" title like 8++ fps but even that is questionable since the D7000, being a rank amateur cheapie camera still has 16 fps to spare since its video mode allows high res stills to be retrieved from the 24 fps video function. Although I have yet to see a situation where 8fps was required and 6fps was unacceptable, or even needed. If someone is expecting a random interval between shots to capture the proper instant they are deluding themselves, a skilled photographer next to them who has timing and anticipation will beat them every time. In that regard a high FPS camera might be better described as a amateur unit for people trusting dumb luck before they learn the skills that say, separates skilled sports/action photographers from people who just happen to have an expensive camera.
It is also apparent from this tread that a lot of people assume that frequently used adjustments are buried in menus in cameras like a D90 and even the D7000, probably due to not having used one. I can't think of one frequently used adjustment that requires menu selections in the menu on a D7000. Same with the "pro" criteria of AF-On, which is easily programmed with a single menu selection for function assignment. Lots of people use that function on their current D90, yet most on this thread say it is missing and makes the the D7000 an amateur camera.
Maybe it is a weight criteria, cameras under 2 lbs are amateur and over are pro?
I am just curious about these arbitrary titles given to products, that to me as an outside observer think is more a concession to habit than function.
Stan
St Petersburg Russia

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