I did for the following reasons: Better high ISO performance - especially holding good DR and color at ISO1600+ indoors, ability to use LiveView for macro and product shots and the bump in resolution is welcome for wildlife shooting with the inevitable need to crop at times. 9-cross type sensors in the AF is welcome and of course the 3" high-res display is an improvement. The battery performance is outstanding in comparison (about 1200 shots/charge).
The ergonomics are different, but quickly learned. It has bracketing, Mup, AF-On, and flash commander. Buffer performance should be watched - I typically shoot 3-5 frames in a burst (RAW) which has not been a problem yet. I have to say it is a better camera than my beloved D200. I can only hope it remains as rugged and trust-worthy over the coming years.
It is like a sideways move. You are moving up in technology (better sensor, higher ISO, new autofocus system, etc). You are also moving down in body lines (smaller size, fewer external buttons, etc).
If you are like me, you want the D7000 tech in the D300 body. This should be the D400, whenever it gets released. I have waited this long, another few months won't kill me.... My D200 still takes great pictures.
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I did. Still love the D200 but wouldn't go back to it. The D7000 improvements have already been mentioned - love the higher ISO performance which alone was worth the cost of the new camera. I do prefer the button layout of the D200 however, and the D200's ability to bracket more than 3 images - I have been doing a few HDR images and being limited to 3 bracketed images with the D7000 is a pain.
+1 for Brett. I loved the handling and size/ergonomics of the D200 - but I love the high ISO and weight of the D7000 more. Tough giving up on an old friend, but I think I'm going to learn to love the D7000. I've had a few issues (self induced, I think), but as I learn it, things are starting to sort themselves out. It's a great camera - just different. But I do miss the D200.
The D7000 is a worthy upgrade from a D200. But, my own view is that by August a D300 replacement will be out with the controls layout of a D300, i.e. all those nifty control wheels and:
- At least 16.2 MB and ISO 6400 if not ISO 12,800 - CF and SD-HC slots - 51 Point AF system - 2016 pixel color matrix metering - 8 frames per second native and 10 with a grip - 1080P video - Magnesium body and full weather sealing. - etc.
Or perhaps the question should be "will you be able to afford it"? I don't recon there will be much change out of £1500 or $2350 initially. If and of course, this my very humble opinion, they dumped the video and made it a dedicated pro image camera only! Now there's a happy thought, imagine a dSLR without video = deep joy
I use a D200 and D300. The D200 still works like a charm but I wanted to replace it with the D7000. In November 2010 I bouhgt the D7000 but sold it just after a few days. Despite the better sensor the ergonomics aren't for me. I know my D200 and D300 inside out and love direct access to all main functions. One issue which really bugged me was the inability to switch to 100% magnification with a single button press in review mode. That's something I do after almost every shot to make sure I got a sharp photo. This is just software and could have been easily implemented (i.e. copied from the D200 and D300). I'll wait what the D400 looks like or switch to the D700 or successor.
Whether you change is up to you. My take on the D200 was it did not quite equal the best print quality I could achieve from 100 ISO slide film. The D300 can do this comfortably at 800 ISO, with better AF, colour, twin card slots and (on the s) video. Whilst the D7000 does not have quite the build quality of D200 or D300 my initial tests are it can match 100 ISO slide film to 1600. The D7000 is SD cards only and your D200 is CF cards only. If you have a lot of money invested in cards the likely D400 will probably take SD and CF cards. Digressing to the UK the D7000 launch price was £1100. For the next few days Grays of Westminster have it at £959 (about average) - with a £150 voucher if you buy other equipment at the same time. My guess is this is counteract possible Focus show deals at possibly £850-900.
Photography is a bit like archery. A technically better camera, lens or arrow may not hit the target as often as it could if the photographer or archer does not practice enough.
>For the next few days Grays of Westminster have it at £959 >(about average) - with a £150 voucher if you buy other >equipment at the same time. My guess is this is counteract >possible Focus show deals at possibly £850-900.