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Need some advice regarding d40 vs. d7000

Rick_Smith

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Rick_Smith Registered since 08th Jan 2011
Sat 08-Jan-11 11:32 PM

If you look at my profile you'll see my gear, but long story short, I have just started using my Nikon d40 out of auto mode due to the fact that we have had a son. I have been taking photos with A most of the time, and trying to understand the m mode. I am taking photos like crazy. I just bought a sb-600 and a 35mm 1.8 lens. Here is my question - at this point in the game how much benefit would I get if I upgraded to a d7000? I know the camera has a better sensor, more focus areas, and from what I have read does better under low light conditions, but I"m not sure how that translates into real world photos.

I can return the sb-600 and the 35mm 1.8 back to Best Buy and use that money toward the price of the d7000. Then I would sell my d40, and the 2 kit lens (18-55, and 55-200 vr on ebay). I'd probably end up paying around 600 or so dollars extra out of pocket.

So the question is this - would I see a noticeable difference in my photos? Would the kit lens for the d7000 (18-105 vr) be ok for the type of shots I take? (Take a look at this photo set for the types of pictures I plan on taking the next year or so - http://www.flickr.com/photos/ricklovestivo/sets/72157625758346482)

If I bought the d7000 I'd return the flash and the 35mm lens. So the question is - what would give me better pictures for the type of shots I take out the gate - the D7000 and 18-105 vr kit lens, or the d40, 18-55, 55-200, 35mm 1.8, and sb-600?

I'm not sure how much real world difference I'd see with the type of pictures I take.

Thoughts? Suggestions? I'm open to any advice.

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