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D7000 or Used D700?

jameskuzman

Girard, US
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jameskuzman Silver Member Nikonian since 14th May 2012
Thu 24-May-12 04:08 PM

Hello, everyone -

Just discovered this forum a few weeks ago while doing some on-line research about the Nikon D7000, and thought I'd solicit some advise from the group.

I am on the fence between purchasing a new D7000 or a used D700.

I currently have two older Nikkor lenses (35-105 and 70-210) I bought for my FM2N that I would really like to use on a new digital body, for both reasons of economy and because I really like these lenses.

If I choose the D7000, FOV math tells me I'll end up with the equivalent of a 52-160 and a 105-320 between these two lenses, which seems appealing. If I add something like a 12-24DX lens to the 7000, I should have a pretty comprehensive setup, but I'm concerned that I'm going to miss having a good "walk around" range in a single lens like I would have if using that 35-105 on an FX body.

If I end up having to buy a mid-range or "super" zoom, I'm kind of defeating the purpose of holding on to those two lenses I really like.

If I go for the D700, I'd still want to add something on the wide angle end, but I think I'd be happy with a used 20 or 24mm AI Nikkor (for a budget-friendly option) or perhaps a wide angle zoom - and I have my walk around lens in the 35-105.

Cost-wise, the used D700 with a wide angle might be slightly more expensive but not prohibitively so.

I do a lot of landscape work, so wide angle is important, plus some wildlife stuff (nothing too serious) and a good bit of nighttime/existing light stuff.

Any thoughts on which set up would be preferable?

Best,

Jim

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