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Old 02-08-2013, 13:40   #26
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What features?

I have some heavy lenses. Most of these are Pro lenses. When thinking about a 12 year old girl carrying a camera, I would have to keep the weight of the rig in mind. I can not just add the best lens for the occasion because it might be too heavy.
I like the flip out screen on my current 5100, and the new wifi connecter available for the 5200. That said, I like a lot about the D7000 also, especially the 2 SD slots, and the heavier construction, plus the extra manual controls.

As for the lenses, I want her to start out with my 35mm prime lense, and my 40mm micro lense. both are light weight. We won't be doing heavy lenses for a while, and she can handle them when we do.
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Old 02-08-2013, 14:56   #27
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A 12 year old? Definitely weight would be a consideration.

About 4 years ago (?), my daughter started using a D3100. She changed the 18x55mm kit lens for a Nikkor 35mm prime and has used that combination for the past 3 years. She played with the D200 for a while and it was too heavy. Then she used the D80 but still prefers the D3100 for it's weight. Although on the larger cameras, she did like the locations of the shutter speed and F-stop controls. (She shoots "M" mode).

As she's going to a Study Abroad program next year in London, she's been hinting of the Fuji x100 (now it's the X100s).
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Old 02-10-2013, 17:15   #28
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I ended up getting a D7000. The battery is still charging, but it feels much, much more solid than my D5100. I will write more about it when I get a chance to use it some, but I expect to be very happy with it.
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Old 02-10-2013, 18:44   #29
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Without a doubt, you'll be happy with the D7000. And I look forward to your review.

What lens combo are you using?
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Old 02-10-2013, 20:23   #30
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Without a doubt, you'll be happy with the D7000. And I look forward to your review.

What lens combo are you using?
Probably gonna play with my 40mm macro lense, and the 35mm prime for a while.
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Old 02-10-2013, 21:34   #31
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Yeah, the 35 prime is a great lens.

I have the 50mm F1-point-something prime and was experimenting with it when my oldest was in high school. One thing I learned was to photoshop all the photos of her and her friends! The lens was so sharp that it captured every (EVERY) skin/teeth imperfection on every face!
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Old 02-10-2013, 22:31   #32
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I also ended up buying the kit with the 18-105mm DX VR ED lense, which has been fun as I have played with it. So far, I love the controls on the D7000, very easy to use. Been shooting in M mode, and it is great how quick you can change aperture and shutterspeed, not to mention the ISO. I also love the extra weight.
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Old 02-10-2013, 22:41   #33
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Oh, you'll get tired of the weight soon enough!

As for the location of the F-stop and shutter speed, definitely. I only shoot in "M" mode so I know. As for ASA film speed/ISO, I only use up to 400 because I love colour. I'm sure the camera can do a lot more! It's just that I'm old school, from the film days.

The best part of digital photo is that delete button. Enjoy!
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Old 02-10-2013, 23:18   #34
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D7000 for me.
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Old 02-11-2013, 11:06   #35
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Here is a quick pic I took of our puppy. No photoshop, as I have no photo editing skills.
The Okie Corral
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Old 02-11-2013, 11:12   #36
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After a lot of research, I bought a D7000 before an overseas trip last year. I wanted a camera that I could grow into and I have not been disappointed at all! So far, it's been on four continents and takes amazing pictures. Lots of room for creativity and I've enjoyed every minute of it. It does not have a flip out monitor, which would be nice...but otherwise, that's my only complaint. Enjoy!!
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Old 02-11-2013, 13:21   #37
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The best part of digital photo is that delete button. Enjoy!
OH, yes

That and being able to see the settings. So I know what I did to screw up a shot.
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:37   #38
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Here is a quick photo, 1/250 shutterspeed, F5.6, with flash.
The Okie Corral
He is shaking his toy back and forth. I am loving the D7000 so far, lots of customization options, and easier to use than my D5100.
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Old 02-17-2013, 18:35   #39
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Go Fx and get the D600
I have to say this statement is very accurate. If I knew now way I knew 3 years ago I would have gone FX (full framed) and would have save myself losses in purchasing and selling 3 camera bodies. FX took my pics to a different level.


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Old 02-17-2013, 18:38   #40
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Probably gonna play with my 40mm macro lense, and the 35mm prime for a while.
If you get tired of the 35mm get an 85mm 1.8....about $400 if you want a decent lens for less. I went all out and got the 85mm 1.4 ($1600'ish) and all I can say is WOW (its on my D700 FX)


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Old 02-17-2013, 18:57   #41
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Congrats on the D7000, great camera. I am a Nikon shooter as well. Started with a D40 and have owned D80, D90, and D700. Currently have a D5000, D300 and D800e along with about 11 lenses. Cameras can be just as addictive as firearms.
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Cameras can be just as addictive as firearms.
Worse....

I can buy a gun and sell it and break even (at least).

Cameras are a good way of turning a large fortune into a small fortune.
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Worse....

I can buy a gun and sell it and break even (at least).

Cameras are a good way of turning a large fortune into a small fortune.

That is true if you buy new, but I buy most of my camera gear from people on craigslist. Example I bought my D700 at little of two years ago for $1,800 from a guy that had it as a backup and had only put about 25 clicks on it - basically new. I sold it 25 months later for $1,750. So I effectively rented that body for $25/yr!
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If you get tired of the 35mm get an 85mm 1.8....about $400 if you want a decent lens for less. I went all out and got the 85mm 1.4 ($1600'ish) and all I can say is WOW (its on my D700 FX)


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85mm is a bit too long for indoor pictures on a crop camera. On a full frame, it would work pretty well.
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Started w a D40 moved up to D90->D7000 -> D2h and now D3

Loved everyone. D7k is now my back up to the D3. All great bodies. Don't skimp on lenses.


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Old 02-21-2013, 16:06   #46
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Just my luck, a week or so after I get my D7000, the new D7100 is announced with a host of improvements.
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Your D7000 is just as good as it was before the announcement - you will still love it and get lots of good pictures from it. Sort of like a G22 gen3 is still a good gun even though the gen4 is out
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Your D7000 is just as good as it was before the announcement - you will still love it and get lots of good pictures from it. Sort of like a G22 gen3 is still a good gun even though the gen4 is out
I know, and none of it is stuff that will make or break anything, but it is still just my luck that a new one would be announced a week after I bought mine.
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I know, and none of it is stuff that will make or break anything, but it is still just my luck that a new one would be announced a week after I bought mine.
Every year there's going to be something "newer and better."

I had been looking at the Fuji X100 when they came out (this year) with the X100S and also the Fuji X E1! (Zeiss is also expected to come out with some nifty lenses). And I'm going to need two of them, so it's decisions, decisions!
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I know, and none of it is stuff that will make or break anything, but it is still just my luck that a new one would be announced a week after I bought mine.
IIRC it can take a few months to make it to market after Nikon makes an announcement, if that's all that happened.
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