Tue 29-Nov-11 04:46 AM | edited Tue 29-Nov-11 05:09 AM by NDGraham
I got it from Lozeau's in Montreal for $1149 Canadian. Bought a second battery as well. I decided to start with two Transcend 32Gig Class 10 SDHC cards @$38 each and they seem to work just fine: fast. I might try a more expensive SanDisk at some time in the future to see if image quality is different but it shouldn't be. The weather has been dull and rainy although warm here the last few days so I haven't taken it out but in low light indoor shots, I am pleased with the colour, sharpness and high ISO performance. I was immediately impressed by how quiet the shutter release is compared to my D300 then I tried the Q "quiet" setting and the shutter click was slow and low! The first photo of our Collies was taken with the D7000 default settings. I tried the video with my Nikkor 17-55 f2.8. It all worked smoothly. I am really looking forward to getting outside in good light to see how this works. So far, I am very happy with this camera. I read Ken Rockwell's gushing accolades for the D7000 where he calls it the perfect DSLR. Seems to be a lot of positive press about it. My serial number is in the 504xxxx so the focus issue of earlier runs of this model are no longer an issue. The new firmware was easy to install to upgrade to 1.02 1.03. I want to try the bracketing feature to see how it compares to the D300 as I have been trying HDR since taking Steve Simon's course on the D300 last March. It is quite tricky to get HDR to work well but when it does, it really gives you an enchanced result rich in colour and depth! HDR shots of my garden came out pretty nice. The second photo is an example taken with the D300. I'm wondering if I can get as good a result with the D7000... Lozeau's is running a course on the D7000 next Sunday morning with Eric Thibeault who sold me the camera. The course will be in English! So far there are 9 or 10 of us signed up. I'll let you know what it was like next weekend.
Congratulations on the D7000. I can't say anything regarding HDR but I truly believe you will really like your new camera. It will do what you'll let it do. Btw, first time I've seen conjoined Collies and your garden is lovely.
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I've now used my D7000 for a year and the craving for a D700 has significantly diminished! I always wanted to go full-frame, but the results I get with the D7000 are so close that I'm quite proud of the money I saved (well, actually didn't save because it was spent on lights, lenses, etc.).
Enjoy your new D7000.
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Thanks for the cheerful endorsement of the D7000! My take on FX is that it is of use only to pros or people who aspire to that level of achievement. I rarely use my Sigma 10-20 lens but I very frequently use my Nikkor 70-200 VR and My Sigma 150-500 OS lens with tcs to get wildlife shots. So I only need DX and its 1.5 cropping factor.
I'm looking forward to trying those lenses out with my new D7000 whenever we get some good light here. The 16mpxls should give some sharper shots and I'm really eager to try out the faster responding controls. The quieter shutter will be a bonus in the field as well.
What I am not sure of is if it is possible to do HDR with this camera the same way it is with my D300 so I'm watching for any postings on this subject as I haven't had time to get into this yet. I'm taking a course on Sunday morning on the use of the D7000 at the camera store that sold me the body. So I'll be asking Eric, the instructor, about HDR. I'll get back to you about this next week.
Hope to see some of your photos with the D7000 and your lights and lenses, etc.!
I've been from the D7000 to the D700 and back again. If you want to shoot at crazy high ISOs the D700 is the definite winner. At base ISO, the D7000 image quality wins, its AF adjustments are so easy to reach on the fly, and for wildlife, the crop factor gives extra length from teles. I really missed the two card slots with the D700 too.
Congratulations on your new addition. I have a D-90 and am still working on improving my skills with it. I just purhased an Ipad 2 so a D 7000 is a few pay cheques a way. One of my co-workers is picking one up in the next few days. He too has a D-90. BTW I am just down the road in Lachine and am proud to say , have three Sealyham Terriers that I like to photograph. Enjoy you new baby.
Hey Jackie! You're just down the 20 from me in Dorval! Yes, I agree, dogs are just great subjects to "shoot" with a camera, that is!! Let us know when you get your D7000. In the meantime, the iPad2 is awesome! Cheers Neill Proud to be a Montreal Nikonian http://picasaweb.google.com/NeillDGraham
Congratulations! I recently got one after shooting with a D300 for a long time. I wasn't sure about the move at first, but each time I use the D7000 it becomes more and more familiar and I am loving it.
I too am really pleased with the quieter shutter, even when not in Q mode. Yesterday I was using the camera at a church service, and WOW, what a difference. Before, I always felt bad disturbing things, this time hardly anyone noticed.
There are of course may other wonderful things about the D7000!
Hi Tim, That has to be the ultimate test of the quiet shutter: a church service! Good test of the high ISO, too, in the subdued light of a church... Do you have any photos that we could see? Merry Christmas to you and your family. Neill Proud to be a Montreal Nikonian http://picasaweb.google.com/NeillDGraham
>Hi Tim, >That has to be the ultimate test of the quiet shutter: a >church service! Good test of the high ISO, too, in the subdued >light of a church... Do you have any photos that we could >see? >Merry Christmas to you and your family.
Neill, Merry Christmas to you and yours too, thanks!
Here are a couple. These are my first images with my D7000 in this situation. The lighting is extremely incosistent across the "platform", often many stops difference even just a few feet apart.
I should have moved closer and to the righthand aisle to avoid obstructions.
Not ure how to display these in the post if they are not in my Nikonians gallery, so here are links:
These are excellent photos, Tim. Wonderful light, really sweet flesh colours, tack sharp. What a great demonstration of the D7000! Thanks for sharing these. Best regards, Neill Proud to be a Montreal Nikonian http://picasaweb.google.com/NeillDGraham