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Nikon D7000 - A Question for Wildlife Shooters

richardd300

Dyserth, UK
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richardd300 Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Apr 2009
Wed 15-Sep-10 05:03 PM

I was surprised to see today the launch of the D7000. I do realise that it is a D90 replacement, but this leaves me with something of a quandary. I have become very keen on wildlife and although I have a D700, I stupidly sold my beloved D300 to help fund the 700. Soon afterwards I discovered the pleasures of wildlife photography, but FX did not give me the reach even with my 70-200 and 300mm prime lens. So I bought a second hand D90 and have been very pleased except that I missed the 51 point focusing. This week I've been thinking about buying a D300s or a second hand D300 for wildlife.

Wildlife photography often requires much post shoot cropping and thus extremely small image sizes. Certainly not enough pixels for large prints, So, here we are, the D7000 has a 16.3 Mega Pixel DX sensor which may make cropped images more likely for printing, but has a 39-point auto focus system. Both cameras have sealed bodies which is important when it rains etc. I guess the D7000 post launch and by Christmas will be at a much lower price too.

For the wildlife photographers out there, what are your early thoughts on the D7000 v the D300s please, always accepting the D7000 is likely to end up less cost than a D300s. Also, I have no super long lenses, my maximum is a 300mm. I have only had a cursory look at the spec, but the new camera looks promising.

Thanks - Richard

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