My name is Alex, and I am very new to DSLRs. Last year, I recently bought a D7000, with the stock 18-140mm VR lens.
My question for you is whether I should keep this, or exchange this for the D5200 + the 18-140 mm. I would have to pay $200 more than what I had paid for the D7000 + lens.
It may be a naive (and unwarranted) concern, but the issue to me is image quality. Would the 24MP and new processor on the D5200 be that much better, or is it largely comparable to the D7000? I really do really like the U1 & U2 saved settings and the overall ease of the D7000 set ups and access, though. I take pics mostly of aquarium fish, landscapes, and portrait types.
I realize that this question may have been beaten to death prior to now, and I appreciate your patience with me.
#1. "RE: D7000 or D5200" | In response to Reply # 0JosephK Nikonian since 17th Apr 2006Sun 29-Dec-13 01:11 AM
>Would the 24MP and new processor on the
>D5200 be that much better, or is it largely comparable to the
The newer sensor and more megapixels might eventually be useful, but as a new shooter you probably won't see the difference in the short term. That said, if you were going to upgrade to the newer sensor, I would recommend the D7100 for the better body features and better auto-focus system.
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#2. "RE: D7000 or D5200" | In response to Reply # 0Puddlepyrate2013 Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2013Sun 29-Dec-13 01:50 AM
You do realise going from the D7000 to the D5200 is more of a downgrade and not an upgrade. By going to the D5200, you now limit yourself to af-s lens, all other lens' will have to be manually focused. With the D5200 you will be lossing the dedicated buttons for camera functions that the D7000 has and will instead have to use in camera menu's to change camera functions. The D7000 has a nice bright viewfinder thanks to the camera's pentaprism, the D5200 has a darker viewfinder because it uses a pentamirror, not the most helpful when shooting in low light levels. The D7000's pop up flash can act as a commander to trigger multiple off camera flashes, the D5200's pop up flash just pop ups and flashes, no commander mode.
If you are concerned now about image quality using a 16mp camera, you should really be concerned being a novice using a 24mp camera. Having all those mega-pixels will not make your images better, but they will show poor photographic technique.
Keep your D7000 and learn the fundamentals of photography with it. Once you have a solid understanding of photography and the camera begins to limit your creativity, then start thinking about upgrading.
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#4. "RE: D7000 or D5200" | In response to Reply # 3Puddlepyrate2013 Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2013Sun 29-Dec-13 01:50 PM
Alex, I also want to welcome you to Nikonians. It is a great place to learn and share our passion of photography, using some of the worlds best camera equipment.
Your current camera is an excellent camera. I also have the D7000,D90 and D5200. They each serve a need in my shooting, and all perform very well.
There are many fine books and DVD's regarding the operation of the D7000. Also, many public libraries have a good selection of books on photography. Educating yourself in the craft of photography along with a good working knowledge of how your camera functions, is the best and least expensive upgrade.
Enjoy your D7000, the more you use it, the better you will become with it.
Happy, Healthy and a Prosperous New Year to you Alex,
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#5. "RE: D7000 or D5200" | In response to Reply # 4Mon 30-Dec-13 03:32 AM
Thank you, and Happy New Year to you as well!
I will take your advice and keep the D7000. I really want to get the D7100, but I don't think I actually need it. I am sure the D7000 will be just fine for quite a while, and by the time I am ready to upgrade, I am sure there will be other options to consider.
#6. "RE: D7000 or D5200" | In response to Reply # 5km6xz Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2009Mon 30-Dec-13 11:45 AM
Hi Alex, cameras do not have to be thought as disposable since any current camera, for one from the prior generation are so competent that the photo related features are well done. The reasons people upgrade is usually because new models have longer feature lists, most of which are added to get people to upgrade rather than because they capture better images. So, to get the most out of that very good camera is to learn the fundamentals of light and composition and just take great photos.
The only accessories I suggest is something comfortable to carry it in so it spends more time with you instead of on the shelf. The next accessory that expands creative options the most for the lowest price is a good external shoe mounted flash.
While saving or shopping for those, I suggest a good fun-to-read book on exposure, the simple concept that is the most confusing for most newcomers. The reason for that confusion is the tendency to study to learn the camera instead of the basic fundamentals of photography that tend to be universal and apply to every photo you ever take, with any camera. One that explains things in a light breezy way, but contain important information that will be applicable every frame shot, is Bryon Peterson's "Understanding Exposure". It was written in the film days but updated periodically but is just as effective in teaching the basics that fit any camera.
There are many videos on YouTube but they tend to be short and camera oriented instead of photography oriented.
Another helpful suggestion is avoid the camera hobby forums. There is a major difference between the camera hobby and photography and too many people never progress in photography by getting caught up in models, brands and feature. Most people fall into this latter group and seldom figure out how to create an image that tells a story, draws viewers into the image with compelling impressions but upgrade cameras every year. It is far better to visit art galleries and photo exhibitions than spending time in camera stores or camera forums because training your eye makes more difference in creating images people want to see than and camera or lenses differences. When you see a painting or photo print that really means something to you, you never ask what brushes or camera was used. It is common on forums to respond to a posted image by asking what the photographer used. That only suggests the viewer did not get anything out of it if that thought even came up.
I was in the music production field for decades and the same applied to making a record, questions about what equipment was used indicated the listener was not touched by the song or performance, even if the questioner thought it was polite to show interest. You have enough camera to win any photo contest or be selected for any gallery exhibition so forget gear for a while. Focus on what you want the viewer to see or learn, and learn how to convert that intention into an image.
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#7. "RE: D7000 or D5200" | In response to Reply # 6gfinlayson Registered since 24th Jan 2011Tue 31-Dec-13 08:27 AM
Keep your D7000. It's so much more of a camera than the D5200. The D5200 has more pixels than the D7000 and that's it - in every other respect the D7000 is the 'better' camera. It's more robust, has better weather sealing, far better and faster AF, can use older AF lenses, faster frame rate, bigger buffer, better ergonomics etc etc etc. The D7000 also has an incredible ability to recover shadow detail like no other sensor, except maybe the D800/D800E.
As Stan said, no one will be able to tell from your photos what they were shot with.
I visited the 2013 UK Landscape Photographer of the Year exhibition in London yesterday - there were many stunning images there. They list camera and lens details and settings for each image (I'm not sure why if I'm honest although the fact that they do sort of proves my point). The images were taken using everything from the latest Canon and Nikon full frame cameras sporting the top glass currently available through crop bodies to mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras and all the way to compact cameras. A few were even shot with MF transparency film and then scanned into the digital domain.
What was abundantly clear was that the equipment used had no bearing on the final image and its effect on the viewer.
You have a fine tool in your hands there - learn to use it properly and you will be rewarded with very fine images.