Hey everyone. I found a D7000 for a very reasonable price yesterday and combined with selling off some other photo gear, I'm now a two-camera person.
I have to be honest and say that my initial reason for getting the D7000 was to cover the areas where my other camera (Leica M8) doesn't shine (major tele and macro, and high ISO in particular: put the M8 above 640 and you get more noise than at a Slayer concert). But I took the D7000 out for a walkabout yesterday afternoon / evening and it really, really impressed me. I picked up a 50mm 1.4 to go with it, and I'm considering the 18-200 VRII (red) as a general all-purpose lens because it has pretty good reviews around the board (and the one thing that gets pointed out as a negative - distortion - is pretty easy to fix with DXO). There's a marathon being run next week, and given that they don't move all that fast, I imagine the 18-200 will be more than good enough.
Anyway, back to the camera. The colours in particular are just stunning. (I usually shoot the Leica in B/W, so it's pointless to compare, but still), and the high ISO performance is as good as anything I've seen on a Canon. Add that to a small and portable body, twin card slots and a battery which appears to last forever, and this is one impressive camera.
I'd love to show you what it (not I) did, but I don't know how to go about that. Can we put flickr links in messages, or do you have to post the pictures themselves?
Anyway, one impressed new Nikon user saying hello.
Nice pictures mark. You have an eye for color and composition.
Welcome to Nikonians. This is a great place to learn. It is filled with very knowledgeable and friendly people.
I have the older version of the 18-200 VR. It is a very good all around lens. Think of it as a pickup. It may not be as fast and flashy as the fancy sports cars. However, it will get you to places they won't. The f/1.8 will work for night shots and the 18-200 will carry the rest of the load.
>Nice pictures mark. You have an eye for color and >composition. > >Welcome to Nikonians. This is a great place to learn. It is >filled with very knowledgeable and friendly people. > >I have the older version of the 18-200 VR. It is a very good >all around lens. Think of it as a pickup. It may not be as >fast and flashy as the fancy sports cars. However, it will get >you to places they won't. The f/1.8 will work for night shots >and the 18-200 will carry the rest of the load. >
I got the 18-200 (like yours, the red rather than the gold) after a bit of deliberation. Haven't tested it fully yet, but it seems like it should do the trick nicely as a useful all-rounder. I often shoot sports in daylight and having that kind of range will be really good.
I was going to take pictures of the local marathon this weekend but it (along with almost everything else) was canceled for fairly obvious reasons.