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I'm so depressed over my D7000

torwood

Jefferson Hills, US
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torwood Silver Member Nikonian since 06th Dec 2010
Mon 05-Dec-11 02:53 AM

I got my D7000 right before Thanksgiving, and only this weekend finally got to shoot with it. I shot three youth basketball games (8th grade, 7th grade, and 4th grade). I shoot those games with my AFS 35 f1.8, 50 f1.8D, and 85 f1.8D. As I was shooting, I was really enjoying the camera. The AF speed and FPS speed is a definite upgrade from my D90. The exposure is also more accurate shooting at f1.8-2.8, auto-ISO, 1/500 min, and ISO 3200 max. I shoot AF-C, single point (center), continous High. I was getting shots I couldn't get with the D90. I couldn't wait to get home, download and look at the images.

Maybe 10% were sharply focused. Almost nothing was in focus with the 50mm lens. The 85mm was a little better. The 35mm was best, but still, very few sharp images. I thought maybe it was my poor technique. I have a tendency to struggle with this in basketball, which is why I upgraded to a better AF system. As I studied the images, I noticed that often the player standing right behind my target was sharp, and my focus subject was soft. Even when only one player was in the image, and I could not have miss-targeted, the player was often soft, and the floor boards indicated that the camera focused a few feet behind the target. That is all it takes at f1.8 and you're going to be soft.

I fear I've got the dreaded "D7000 back-focus" problem. And, I'm literally depressed and despondent over it. The camera has so much better performance at high ISO than my D90. It is a marvel of handling, nearly identical to the D90 and D50 that I used for the last six years. The price is less than half of the D700. But, it's worthless if it can't focus and take sharp images, or track a moving 4th grader coming right toward the camera. I spent the entire day trying not to think about it, because I don;t know what to do. I googled "D7000 back-focus" and Focus problems, and now I'm even more depressed - the wailing and nashing of teeth is ubiquitous. I could send this thing back four times, and still not get one that is right. Meanwhile, I'll miss the whole basketball season, which is the only reason I upgraded from the D90.

Now my choices are bad and worse. I can send it back for an exchange, and fight the vendor, since it's been longer than 7 days. I can send it to Nikon and be without it for God knows how long. I can try to tweak AF with the fine-tuning (for EVERY lens), and then wonder every time I shoot it if I'm filling the card with junk. I can sell it on EBAY, for whatever I can get, and be back where I started (minus the loss), without a low-light upgrade option that I can afford. The D300 has the same sensor as the D90, and I can't justify the cost of the D700.

I just needed to vent a little, because this was a big purchase for me, and I was really excited about the camera. I feel really cheated that Nikon put these things out there with this fatal flaw. This apparently isn't a one-off bad sample. I didn't do the firmware update - could that possibly make a difference. Sucks that you even have to do THAT. I'll take any suggestions. Maybe I should sell all of my Nikon gear and switch to Canon? That is what my friend said (after he stopped laughing at the tragedy of it). He loves his 60D and 100-400L (with USM - do you HEAR me NIKON???) for football and baseball.

I usually am not this prone to self pity, and I'm sure that there is a way out, but it's going to be a whole hell of a lot of effort that I don't have the time or energy for. Maybe I should send Nikon a bill for my time?

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