Lexington, Kentucky, US
AVD AlphaDuctions wrote:
I'm not sure you got my point or maybe I'm not getting your point. Mine wasn't about Sony supposed lack of glass my point was about op's lack of glass. He is shooting with just a kit lens and a 50 prime, so in my opinion he is limiting his learning curve by not have the right tools. I could careless about owning tons of lenses or which brand as I only own 3 and only plan to own 5 total for what I shoot.
May 20 13 11:52 am Link
Glens Falls, New York, US
AVD AlphaDuctions wrote:
My favourite part about this reply is that you can tell AVD's been shooting for a long time, because he called the lens a 70-210, and not a 70-200. It's not the 90s anymore, man
If he's stopping down to f/8, there's a very good chance that the kit lens isn't holding him back in the slightest - especially if he's shooting in-studio with a plain background that doesn't show bokeh characteristics. I'm not saying that other lenses aren't better - just playing Devil's advocate, and giving you an example of where maybe the lens quality has nothing to do with how fast he improves.
Tony Lawrence wrote:
Then again, since I'm playing Devil's advocate, a newer camera will show less noise in shadow areas, which will allow more tonal range to be brought out while editing. A newer camera may also be less prone to clipping highlights, allowing him to overexpose the image for even more tonal range.
May 20 13 04:58 pm Link
Upland, California, US
David M Russell wrote:
If you're never shootin video... you can't go wrong here...
May 20 13 09:39 pm Link
San Francisco, California, US
Michael Falane wrote:
As a former D7000 owner, I did not like the images the camera created in terms of softness.
May 20 13 10:03 pm Link
Chesapeake, Virginia, US
Agreed. I love my D700 and don't see the need for a D800. A great camera that can be picked up relatively inexpensive these days.
May 21 13 05:09 am Link
Plan-les-Ouates, Geneva, Switzerland
I did shoot with the D7000 on Saturday.
Seriously this cam is made for dwarfs I am nit sure if it was because of the 35mm f.14 lens but I found it hard to hold it comfortably in my hand.
Beyond that it is a camera like any other. There are some things that are very awkward when coming from the Sony world.
Like exposure compensation in A mode when using the back dial (and it did not reset to 0 after the picture) it may have just been the configuration of the camera I used. I got all the right shots once I did figure out some of the strange settings the camera was in.
Is it better than an A65 or A77. don't know, I only shot with it and did not process the pictures.
Would I jump ship because it is so totally amazing ? Definitely not it is just a tool what I own works great for me. And with all the people jumping to Canon and Nikon makes it again possible to get Minolta lenses at reasonable prices
May 21 13 05:21 am Link
Fairfax, Virginia, US
Michael, I'm a long-time Nikon user, love the brand and am very happy with Nikon products. That said, don't shift b/c you think that Nikon will instantly make you a better photographer.
Now, it makes perfect sense to conclude that you need to upgrade your body and so you want to make a commitment to one brand (be it Nikon or Sony or Canon or whomever).
You've got a couple of decisions to make:
1. Full-frame or crop sensor? Once you decide that, you have a list of options to choose from.
2. What do you want to shoot? I know, you want to shoot everything. But if you're going to be doing photojournalism or sports than you need to seriously look at stuff like a D3/D4 series. If you're shooting in very low light without artificial sources than something like a D7000 will rock your world. If you're shooting in a studio with enhanced lighting options, than you would be perfectly happy with a used D90 and invest the money you save in good glass.
My recommendations: lots of good bodies to choose from. Identify the type of photography you're likely to do and let that guide where you go. Do NOT buy the "best" body you can afford. B/c depending upon what you want to shoot, what is "best" will vary. And frankly, having the "best" body with inferior glass is a sucky tradeoff. The glass matters more than the body. So don't buy the best body you can afford. You could get a D800 on sale. Or you could get a used D90 and a professional-quality lens and you'd probably be better off.
Last of all, you talked about improving yourself as a photographer. That won't happen just by getting a better body. Invest some time and money in your education. How do you learn best...by books? video? workshops? Start to learn from others. And give yourself weekly assignments to build your skills in things like...seeing natural patterns in nature....composition....use of negative space...use of foreground to provide perspective...high key and low key...high contrast colors...bokeh...macro concepts...abstracts...portraiture...posing...perspective...and so on.
May 21 13 08:02 am Link
Mahopac, New York, US
May 21 13 02:50 pm Link