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D7000 or wait for D400??

km6xz

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km6xz Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, including Portraits and Urban Photography Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2009
Thu 30-Sep-10 06:06 AM

Brian, you are right. I think the distinction has really blurred between different classifications. Back in the film days the differences were materials and precision. There was a big difference between a top end camera and low end, they shared hardly anything.
When cameras become computers, the main feature differences are in software. Most consumer models of appliances or home electronics are identical inside, but have a few button differences between price/feature steps. For example I bought a el-cheapo microwave for the office. I took it apart, mostly because I do that with most things I get just from curiosity(even my D90) and found that the main PC board was the same as the higher end models. I added Defrost mode simply by adding the tact switch in the panel board. The model with the defrost mode was a step up by $50.
As cameras steps of performance become more high tech based and less on material/precision components, the distinctions will blur even more. The arguments justifying the D300 over the d90 were there, mainly AF system and legacy lenses. As we know, the legacy lens issue was simply a software function turned off intentionally to create a perceived value difference.
Now with the D7000, the justification debate points are getting further and further stretched beyond reason. You made an excellent point about menu selection that is really common for all cameras in the line, and it is considered a "feature" in a D3 and a major "liability" in a D7000 that places it in the rank amateur classification. As I suspected, the people who are so sure about a wide gulf between the classes of camera, have apparently not used the cameras they are denigrating.
I also suspect that my shooting is closer to the typical, in that fast changing of settings for everything I ever need is done while still having the eye to VF. In a typical 400-800 shot event evening, I will not have to go to the menu once. Maybe its because I have never used Auto modes so never have to switch into or out of them for ISO.
Based on how electronics based consumer items are designed now, it is safe to conclude that there will be a lot more shared by the D7000 and its larger cousin than different.
Reading the D300 forum here and on other sites well illustrates the lengths people go to justify their biases. Apparently the D7000 is perceived as a threat because there is more talk on those forums about how bad or amateur the D7000 is compared to their D300, then there are discussions about the positive aspects on D7000 forums. 80% of the point put forward are specious, like the assumed reliance on menus. Or frame rate. 6fps at 14 bit was good enough to be tauted as a feature in past cameras in the "pro" class until very recently. If someone can't do their work with 6, and it was a priority, they already have a D3s.
I think, based on sample images and features the D7000 has surpassed the D300 on every image related element. I would not spend the difference for an older set of technologies that actually performs at a lower level, and I guess that Nikon knows that only a small number would be sold after the D7000 is on shelves, so a new model, with a lot of effort put into thinking of what small added features could be used on forums as justification for some to spend $800-1000 more. A new set of arbitrary defining traits of what is pro and what is newbie will have to be created, probably by marketing rather than engineering. I have no idea what the new definition of must-haves might be but surely they will create something, maybe 3 slots, or 3.5 lbs will be the new criteria for pro, with anything less being for the unwashed masses. But whatever it is, it will not be seen in the resulting images. From D40 through D300s there is almost no detectable difference in images in intended viewing conditions. Nikon also knows that they will sell 20 times as many D7000 as D300 class cameras, and draw new waves of buyers of their first Nikon. That makes, in business terms, the D7000 much more "pro" and significant to Nikon's success than a D300 style camera.
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