I shoot a lot of equestrian pics. I miss action pics when horses are jumping fences. I do get great photos, don't get me wrong there. The D90 is great but I do miss opportunities due to speed constraints
Welcome to the community of Nikonians! Imo, the qualifying word in your question is "upgrading". Apparently you believe, for whatever reasons, that the D7000 would be an upgrade. As far as technical differences, I believe that the D7000 would be an upgrade due to the age, ISO capabilities, pixels, etc. However, it won't make you a better photographer as I'm speaking from experience - "upgraded" from a D70s and had to work on my technique. Now that I've had my D7k for some time I really am glad I made the change. You're in a good situation as you have 2 d90's offering you the opportunity to sell one and keep the other as a back-up or use along with the D7000. Decisions, decisions.
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As an owner of both; aside of the nit picking stuff most talk about with regards to picture quality and sensor talk that can bore you to death, what I really like about my D7000 over the D90 is; faster responsiveness like the mirror black-out times (mirror up/down is FAST!!), dual card slots, 2 user config. settings on the dial and the 100% viewfinder which on paper I did not think was a big deal but owning a camera that has it does make a difference. Also, better movie recording options in size settings and auto focus. Yes I think the D7000 is worth it even as an upgrade.
However, I do not have one bad thing to say about my D90 either. My D90 takes phenomenal photos, the D7000 is that plus a camera with loads of options...the question is, are you going to use those options?
>faster > responsiveness like the mirror black-out times (mirror >up/down is > FAST!!)
a lot of posts about mirror shakes camera a lot. Needs much faster shutter speed in order to take a sharp pictures (or improve hold/handling techniques). One of the AWESOME features is Q (quite) mode - where mirror works in slower mode - quiter and less shake. I owe D7000 for less than a month and have close to 4k shutter actuations - the longer i owe the camera - the more i realize how great it is.
Don't let anyone kid you jimz! The image quality from the D7000 is absolutely superb. This camera is a totally different animal than the D90. The sharpness and detail in images from the D7000 are as good as it gets; probably the best of all Nikon's DX format cameras, especially in close-up portraits. Also, the detail from cropped images is excellent. Quite opposite from the concept of most photographers, you can mount even the cheapest Nikon glass on the D7000 and this wonderful piece of hardware will turn these lenses into superior glass. Do keep one of your D90 bodies if you must, but sell the other and apply that money toward the purchase of a D7000. IMHO you won't be sorry. In fact, once you get the D7000 under control and start to master its Picture Controls, (because they affect your images differently than those in the D90) you might not pick up your D90 for a very long time. Good luck in your decision and enjoy your Nikons!
Wed 12-Oct-11 04:27 AM | edited Wed 12-Oct-11 04:33 AM by jules
Jose' makes a good point but I had a peek at your kit list in your profile D700 wouldn't work with most of your kit! I do notice you have the 14-24 so maybe a D700 is in your future anyway and maybe you should use this as the opportunity too? I wonder though if you would not be better served by a faster lens with AFS focusing? D90 doesn't have loads of focus points but it's no slouch either, an F2.8/AFS Lens will aquire/track better, if you can afford to lose on the upgrade to two? D7000's perhaps you should look into a second hand 70-200 AFSVR MKl. Or even the Sigma 70-200 HSM instead?