My question is to those D300 users who have used, or switched to the D7000 body. How different from the D300 is it ergonomically, and do you feel it is a better camera?
I have used my D300 for quite awhile and like it very much. I added a (used) D700 to my lineup for lower ISO & greater image detail, but am considering giving a Refurbished D7000 a try since the prices are tempting.
The D7K is highly regarded by many users for its faster AF, better image quality, better skin tones is often mentioned, lower shutter noise/quiet actuations, and improved noise performance at higher ISO's. The video feature is not a big deal to me, but I may play around with it.
I tried a D90 in the past and found it a bit too different in the ergonomics department, and wasn't that impressed with the image quality over my D300. I wasn't crazy about the size or build quality of the D90 either and how it fit in my hand. I believe the D7K is about the same size, but probably has a better feel or build than the D90 did to me.
At the time I was trying out the D90, I was thinking of using it in conjunction with the D300/D700 and going back and forth between the camera bodies/lens combos which would've been a little confusing at times with their differing ergonomics/menus/controls. So I was being more critical than I am now with considering a D7K.
I'm thinking now with a D7K, I'd use it primarily for more informal instances (taking pictures of family and the kids), and use the D300/D700 for travel, vacation and landscape photography.
Thanks for any thought, experience and input to my question!
#1. "RE: D300 to D7000 thoughts" | In response to Reply # 0mklass Nikonian since 08th Dec 2006Wed 15-May-13 09:13 AM
I tried a D7000, after using a D300s for quite a while, and did not like it. It was a combination of the size and layout, but also the lack of features and performance.
I now have a D7100 and have disposed of the D300s. There is no downside trade-off in the performance and features of D7100, and you gain a significant number of MP, as well as much enhanced dynamic range.
You also gain far more up-to-date firmware, with better in-camera noise control, better hight ISO performance and Nikon lens auto distortion correction (if you shoot JPG or use a Nikon raw converter software).
You do not get a dedicated AF-On button on the back, but can program the AE-L/AF-L button to perform that function. You don't get the 2 banks of up to 4 custom settings, but do get 2 user modes to program. You do not have a 10 pin cable connector, but rather the remote plugs into the side of the camera. And there is no built-in PC Sync connection, an AS-15 is needed to do that.
The items in the above paragraph were a fair trade off for me for the enhanced performance. (I also have a D3s and D800e if I really need that stuff for some reason.)
As for size, it is definitely smaller and lighter. You may find that good or bad. I find it great for traveling lighter and for casual shooting. My hands are not particularly big, so that isn't an issue.
I will likely never use some of the "consumer" features of the D7100, such as the scene modes. But for $1,200, it is a great value. (Heck, I've never used the video mode of my other 2 cameras, except by mistake!)
I was waiting for the "D400", but considering my other 2 camera bodies, decided that I really didn't need to wait for the hoped for features of that once the D7100 was released. With the great DR, it is a D800 lite.
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#2. "RE: D300 to D7000 thoughts" | In response to Reply # 1Photo_Art_W Nikonian since 21st Nov 2005Wed 15-May-13 02:09 PM
Thanks for your opinions on the D7100. I'll look into it, but that's more money than I want to spend, unless it did replace my D300.
Besides research & what feedback I receive here, I probably should go to my local camera store and handle the D7000/D7100 to see how it feels in my hand and take some pictures with it in store, bring my own SD card.
I've been disappointed in Nikon not replacing the D300S body size/style as well.
#3. "RE: D300 to D7000 thoughts" | In response to Reply # 2mklass Nikonian since 08th Dec 2006Wed 15-May-13 02:19 PM
Yes, definitely get your hands on one if you can before buying. If you can take some shots and get them home to look at them on a screen, you'll have a better of the capabilities. You might consider renting one for a week,since at first touch you may not like the feel of the camera after a D300, but after a few days it might feel quite natural.
In my opinion, the 7100 is a big improvement over the 7000, and except for the body size, a good replacement for the D300.
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#4. "RE: D300 to D7000 thoughts" | In response to Reply # 3Enthus_Photo Registered since 15th May 2012Sun 16-Jun-13 11:49 PM
If you didn't like the handling of the D90, the D7000 is pretty similar. The AF on the D7K is good, but I'm not sure I've ever heard it was better than the D300s.
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