Since I mainly use my D7000 at work for product photos in a controlled setting, I forget how amazing it is for casual shots.
For our Christmas celebration, I set my Speedlight to remote mode and put it on a shelf, pointed 45 degrees toward the ceiling. Put the D7000 in "Auto" mode, used my beat up 18-200, and fired off 100 perfectly focused, perfectly exposed, perfectly white balanced, razor sharp photos. Not a dud in the bunch. People wearing white sitting on a black sofa? No problem. Subjects standing in front of a bright picture window? No problem. Hand the camera to my 12 year old for some shots? No problem.
I didn't think about aperture or shutter speed or ISO or focus. Not once. The camera made every decision and didn't make a single mistake.
These things really are magic.
#1. "RE: Magic Nikon" | In response to Reply # 0km6xz Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2009Thu 26-Dec-13 07:56 PM
I shot a pre-New Years office party today with 32 people and since I knew they would be anxious to get copies right away, shot JPG Fine, which I rarely do. I used a D800 and D7000, the wider angle 24-70 on the D800 and 70-200 on the D7000.
About two hundred shots into it I downloaded the files as is to their office server.
No one, like your results, was not exposed well, with good WB, all shot in M mode and two off camera SB900s.
A few I would have cropped if post processing but otherwise there was nothing for me to do. I left and everyone had gone to their computers to look at all the photos. Boy, that was easy.....
Gotta rethink my RAW only policy.
There are really smart cameras....
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#2. "RE: Magic Nikon" | In response to Reply # 1Omaha Registered since 07th Jan 2012Thu 26-Dec-13 09:28 PM
> Gotta rethink my RAW only policy.
I hear that.
When I first got my D7000, I set it for RAW in slot 1 and JPG Fine in slot 2. I almost never even pull the card out of slot 2.
But with these I did. I was pleased that they all looked just fine. Like you said, its easy to see a shot here or there that might benefit from some cropping, or would have benefited from a better angle, or something like that (ie, something that's entirely my fault as the one behind the camera), but at a technical level, they were all flawless.
I decided to upload the lot of them to Adorama and ordered prints. It will be interesting to see the final result.