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JSB Fine Art Photo
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Frederick, Maryland, US


I just picked up a used D7000 as an upgrade to the D60 I have been shooting for almost five years.  I snagged the D7000 and the MB-D11 grip and although I haven't had the chance to test it out, I have determined it is comfortable in my hands.  I am a happy boy...
Oct 12 12 05:06 pm  Link  Quote 
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-JAY-
Posts: 6,437
Las Vegas, Nevada, US


INB4 the "zomg you shoulda got the D600" crowd. tongue

the 7000 is a fantastic camera. Push its limits well, they're quite a bit further than the 60.
Oct 12 12 05:09 pm  Link  Quote 
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JSB Fine Art Photo
Posts: 314
Frederick, Maryland, US


-JAY- wrote:
INB4 the "zomg you shoulda got the D600" crowd. tongue

the 7000 is a fantastic camera. Push its limits well, they're quite a bit further than the 60.

LOL  The D600 or the D800 will be my main body.  The D7000 is my backup.  I have it covered.  wink

Thanks Jay.

Scott


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Oct 12 12 06:00 pm  Link  Quote 
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Select Models
Posts: 35,621
Upland, California, US


I've owned both cameras in the past... the D7000 is quite a significant jump in image quality from the D60... plus loads of extra hot buttons and goodies in the menu.  You should be content... wink
Oct 12 12 06:30 pm  Link  Quote 
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SPierce Photography
Posts: 19,650
Amherst, Massachusetts, US


Congrats big_smile borat
Oct 12 12 06:32 pm  Link  Quote 
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Fotografica Gregor
Posts: 4,068
Alexandria, Virginia, US


The D7000 is a solid camera -  one of the very best DX cameras out there -
Oct 12 12 06:37 pm  Link  Quote 
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JSB Fine Art Photo
Posts: 314
Frederick, Maryland, US


Thanks everyone.  DX is covered.  My next step is to make the choice of either the D600 or D800 for my FX body.

Scott
Oct 12 12 07:29 pm  Link  Quote 
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SPierce Photography
Posts: 19,650
Amherst, Massachusetts, US


JSB Fine Art Photo wrote:
Thanks everyone.  DX is covered.  My next step is to make the choice of either the D600 or D800 for my FX body.

Scott

can you maybe rent and see which one feels best to you?

Oct 12 12 07:31 pm  Link  Quote 
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Jose Martin CFP
Posts: 284
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


JSB Fine Art Photo wrote:
I just picked up a used D7000 as an upgrade to the D60 I have been shooting for almost five years.  I snagged the D7000 and the MB-D11 grip and although I haven't had the chance to test it out, I have determined it is comfortable in my hands.  I am a happy boy...

Its a great time to get a D7000 used.  I recently sold one of mine and replaced it with a d800.   
A second hand d7000 is amazing value for money these days when everyone is going FF

The D800 is very nice too.

Oct 12 12 07:41 pm  Link  Quote 
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ELiffmann
Posts: 1,397
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, US


Somebody else just posted a thread about the AF fine tune in the D7000.  Mine is set to -18!  Nikon should have this fixed by now but if not, it's easy enough to remedy.
Oct 12 12 07:47 pm  Link  Quote 
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JSB Fine Art Photo
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Frederick, Maryland, US


SPierce Photography wrote:

can you maybe rent and see which one feels best to you?

I might have to rent a D800 to check it out.  From the size of the gripped D7000, I now know a gripped D600 would work fine as far as the size goes.  That was a major concern for me.  The grip adds a lot of size to the D7000.  Now the only detractors of the D600 are the 1/200 flash sync, 1/4000 shutter, and the close set focus points.
Negatives of the D800 are the really large files, extra $$$, and possibility of getting one with AF issues.

The research on these two options has been a lot of fun though...   wink

Scott

Oct 12 12 10:55 pm  Link  Quote 
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Images by MR
Posts: 7,532
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


ELiffmann wrote:
Somebody else just posted a thread about the AF fine tune in the D7000.  Mine is set to -18!  Nikon should have this fixed by now but if not, it's easy enough to remedy.

I heart my D7000 & haven't noticed a problem with AF...  Maybe the problem their having is user & not camera...

Oct 12 12 11:04 pm  Link  Quote 
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JSB Fine Art Photo
Posts: 314
Frederick, Maryland, US


Images by MR wrote:

I heart my D7000 & haven't noticed a problem with AF...  Maybe the problem their having is user & not camera...

I haven't had the chance to run it through its paces yet but I will do so over the next couple of weeks to see how sharp it is with my lens collection.

Scott

Oct 12 12 11:06 pm  Link  Quote 
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JSB Fine Art Photo
Posts: 314
Frederick, Maryland, US


The Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VC arrived and for the first 30 shots (indoors with poor lighting) I was TERRIBLY dissapointed.  Dang thing was not in focus when the camera triggered.  D7000 was set to auto to just test the lens.  With and without flash, the images were blurry.  With and without VC the images were blurry.

I racked the zoom ring in and out about 10 times, focused close then far repeatedly, and now it is a hammer!  Sharp and in focus every time.  I am relieved and happy.  OOF areas blend out nicely and the areas I chose for focus are nice and sharp. 

I haven't tested the bokeh with bright point sources of light yet, but for the last 5 minutes I have been panning around my living room taking pictures of useless stuff.  LOL

I was seriously worried at first but now everything is fine.

Scott
Oct 13 12 02:26 pm  Link  Quote 
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JSB Fine Art Photo
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Frederick, Maryland, US


I am back to having issues.  Today the Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VC is soft on everything again.
I tested it side by side against my Nikon 18-55 VR kit lens and the kit lens was really sharp by comparrison.  The kit lens is a nice little lens but it should have been whooped by the pro grade Tamron.

I ran them side by side in two bodies - D60 and D7000.
I matched ISO, aperature, focal length and shutter speed when testing.
I shot both at f/3.5, f/5.6, and f/8 depending on the focal length of the lenses.
I shot f/2.8 on the Tamron at all focal lengths to determine if it would sharpen up at a certain focal length (it didn't - no difference).
I swapped lens/body setups and performed identical tests.

I ran VR on and off, manual and auto focus, auto, A, and S modes.

Results - the kit lens performed as expected in both the D60 and D7000.  It created detailed images in both - just as it always has.

The Tamron looked blurry in all sections of the images and it wasn't a front or rear focus issue.  I took images with a focus point on a background that would indicate if the lens was front or back focusing and it was simply a case that nowhere in the image was a sharp point to indicate a well focused image.

Unless someone here can come up with an idea I haven't tried, I will be returning it for another sample.  All of the reviews on the Tamron 24-70 VC have been positive.  I am starting a new thread specifically to track the progress of this issue.  This thread will continue for its original purpose...

Scott
Oct 14 12 05:39 pm  Link  Quote 
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Select Models
Posts: 35,621
Upland, California, US


JSB Fine Art Photo wrote:
I am back to having issues.  Today the Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VC is soft on everything again.
I tested it side by side against my Nikon 18-55 VR kit lens and the kit lens was really sharp by comparrison.  The kit lens is a nice little lens but it should have been whooped by the pro grade Tamron.

Tamron... Sigma... Tokina... whatever... my recommendation... DONT use aftermarket lenses on Nikon cameras.  Many times they are NOT 100% compatible and most will always fail in comparison to Nikon optics.  You want sharp images... buy 100% compatible Nikon lenses... wink

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121015/01/507bc978cb5cd.jpg

Shot with Nikon D600 and 16-35 ED-VR Nanocoat.

Oct 15 12 01:54 am  Link  Quote 
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Nico Simon Princely
Posts: 1,700
Las Vegas, Nevada, US


I love my D7000! It's great camera!
Oct 15 12 02:12 am  Link  Quote 
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You Can Call Me Pierre
Posts: 742
Montreal, Quebec, Canada


D7000 focus system was a disappointment and I hate that it is in my D600.
Oct 15 12 05:09 am  Link  Quote 
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ELiffmann
Posts: 1,397
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, US


Images by MR wrote:
I heart my D7000 & haven't noticed a problem with AF...  Maybe the problem their having is user & not camera...

Are you shitting me?  This is with my camera set to -18 http://ericliffmann.smugmug.com/Other/Bird-Portraits/i-BHbDQBm/0/XL/DSC4230-XL.jpg  or you could just google d7000 af fine tune issues.
edit: http://www.dpreview.com/search/forums?q … forum=1034

Oct 15 12 09:31 am  Link  Quote 
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Backstreet Photography
Posts: 137
Salem, Oregon, US


Congradulations ~ i felt the same level of happiness/excitement when i got my D3.  I hope the camera serves you well ~ m'
Oct 15 12 09:39 am  Link  Quote 
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Select Models
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Upland, California, US


gl-amour wrote:
D7000 focus system was a disappointment and I hate that it is in my D600.

Shot over 70 thousand images with my D7000 before I sold it... can't recall ever having a single image out of focus... and haven't had a single shot out of focus with the D600 yet... borat

Oct 15 12 09:42 am  Link  Quote 
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Jersey Jay
Posts: 97
Saint Saviour, Saint Saviour, United Kingdom


ELiffmann wrote:
Somebody else just posted a thread about the AF fine tune in the D7000.  Mine is set to -18!  Nikon should have this fixed by now but if not, it's easy enough to remedy.

I had the same problem with mine, it was focusing so far ahead of the intended focal point I gave up with auto focus and used manual for everything. However, as it was a new camera I sent it back to Nikon, they re calibrated the auto focus and now it is perfect.

The problem with Nikon is in their QC, they need to check them better before they ship them out.

To the OP, the D7000 is a great camera...!!!

Jay

Oct 15 12 10:06 am  Link  Quote 
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ELiffmann
Posts: 1,397
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, US


Select Models wrote:

Shot over 70 thousand images with my D7000 before I sold it... can't recall ever having a single image out of focus... and haven't had a single shot out of focus with the D600 yet... borat

Wow, not a single out of focus shot on the 7000 or 600!?

Oct 15 12 10:08 am  Link  Quote 
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Select Models
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Upland, California, US


ELiffmann wrote:
Wow, not a single out of focus shot on the 7000 or 600!?

Nope... and I think it has a lot to do with your shooting mode (I use aperture priority for controlling focus) and how you setup the auto focus in your camera menu.  In the (A) autofocus menu selection, I use 'focus point wraparound' and set focus tracking to #5 (long).  Also set the focus point illumination to the ON position.  Have always had great autofocusing success with these menu selections... borat

Oct 15 12 11:00 am  Link  Quote 
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You Can Call Me Pierre
Posts: 742
Montreal, Quebec, Canada


Select Models wrote:

Nope... and I think it has a lot to do with your shooting mode (I use aperture priority for controlling focus) and how you setup the auto focus in your camera menu.  In the (A) autofocus menu selection, I use 'focus point wraparound' and set focus tracking to #5 (long).  Have always had great autofocusing success with these menu selections... borat

I had several back focusing issues with the D7000 but I will try these settings before I throw it away.
wink

Oct 15 12 11:15 am  Link  Quote 
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Select Models
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Upland, California, US


gl-amour wrote:

I had several back focusing issues with the D7000 but I will try these settings before I throw it away.
wink

Throw it away?!?!?!?... WOW... if that's what you're gonna do... give it a healthy heave to Southern California and let me know where it lands... lol

I think that when Nikon users (cameras from the D300 on up) have focus issues, it's usually 'operator error' the vast majority of times... wink

Oct 15 12 11:23 am  Link  Quote 
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ELiffmann
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana, US


Select Models wrote:

Nope... and I think it has a lot to do with your shooting mode (I use aperture priority for controlling focus) and how you setup the auto focus in your camera menu.  In the (A) autofocus menu selection, I use 'focus point wraparound' and set focus tracking to #5 (long).  Also set the focus point illumination to the ON position.  Have always had great autofocusing success with these menu selections... borat

I usually shoot at least a couple of dozen out of focus a day but I like little birds, sports and shallow dofs.  Gl-amour, what are you shooting that you're having problems with?  I'll usually use either af-s or af-c(never A which I'm pretty sure is Auto not Aperture if you were talking AF-A; M,S,A shouldn't matter) with the size of the target selected if af-c depending on speed, size etc.  If it's just models you might try and select to where it won't fire unless focused.  Just remember what it's on!  Also, make sure if you're using the AF lock button it's selected to do so.  I'll occasionally have a the af-s selected and the point will inadvertently focus over the subjects shoulder or something.  Totally me and not the camera.

Oct 15 12 01:35 pm  Link  Quote 
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Select Models
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Upland, California, US


ELiffmann wrote:
I usually shoot at least a couple of dozen out of focus a day but I like little birds, sports and shallow dofs.

There-in lies your potential problem.  If you're shooting small birds with a shallow depth of field... your camera may be missing focus on fast moving small objects... and I mean HEY... this is 'Model Mayhem'... not 'Small Birds Flying Thru Your Viewfinder Mayhem'... lol

Oct 15 12 01:43 pm  Link  Quote 
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Love the Arts
Posts: 719
Chicago, Illinois, US


JSB Fine Art Photo wrote:
Thanks everyone.  DX is covered.  My next step is to make the choice of either the D600 or D800 for my FX body.

Scott

Enjoy your D7000. You will be able to create wonderful images and video with it.
The price is nice as well.

The D600 would be a lower cost FX upgrade when you make your next step. It produces wonderful quality images and video. They should have all the tech and software issues worked out before Summer of 2013... hopefully.

I have a feeling that by next summer Nikon will have sales, refurbs and specials bringing the the D600 cost to less than $2,000.00. Canon seems to be discounting 5D2/3 series like crazy this season.

Nikon may lower prices because there are still potential D600 customers holding out because of price. The D600 is a good value for its current price of $2100, but lots of blogger's are still expressing disappointment that the body did not sell for $1500.00.

Oct 15 12 02:14 pm  Link  Quote 
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JSB Fine Art Photo
Posts: 314
Frederick, Maryland, US


Select Models wrote:

Tamron... Sigma... Tokina... whatever... my recommendation... DONT use aftermarket lenses on Nikon cameras.  Many times they are NOT 100% compatible and most will always fail in comparison to Nikon optics.  You want sharp images... buy 100% compatible Nikon lenses... wink

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121015/01/507bc978cb5cd.jpg

Shot with Nikon D600 and 16-35 ED-VR Nanocoat.

Fantastic image!  I will give the Tamron another shot since by all reviews the glass is close to or equal the big brands and it adds VC to the mix.  Another bad sample and I might be looking at the Nikon version...

Scott

Oct 15 12 06:48 pm  Link  Quote 
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JSB Fine Art Photo
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Frederick, Maryland, US


Nico Simon Princely wrote:
I love my D7000! It's great camera!

I hope mine will serve me well.

Scott

Oct 15 12 06:49 pm  Link  Quote 
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JSB Fine Art Photo
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Frederick, Maryland, US


Backstreet Photography wrote:
Congradulations ~ i felt the same level of happiness/excitement when i got my D3.  I hope the camera serves you well ~ m'

Thank you!

Scott

Oct 15 12 06:50 pm  Link  Quote 
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JSB Fine Art Photo
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Frederick, Maryland, US


gl-amour wrote:
D7000 focus system was a disappointment and I hate that it is in my D600.

What issues did you have?  Front or back focus?

Scott

Oct 15 12 06:51 pm  Link  Quote 
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JSB Fine Art Photo
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Frederick, Maryland, US


ELiffmann wrote:

Are you shitting me?  This is with my camera set to -18 http://ericliffmann.smugmug.com/Other/Bird-Portraits/i-BHbDQBm/0/XL/DSC4230-XL.jpg  or you could just google d7000 af fine tune issues.
edit: http://www.dpreview.com/search/forums?q … forum=1034

Excellent work!

Scott

Oct 15 12 06:52 pm  Link  Quote 
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JSB Fine Art Photo
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Frederick, Maryland, US


Jersey Jay wrote:

I had the same problem with mine, it was focusing so far ahead of the intended focal point I gave up with auto focus and used manual for everything. However, as it was a new camera I sent it back to Nikon, they re calibrated the auto focus and now it is perfect.

The problem with Nikon is in their QC, they need to check them better before they ship them out.

To the OP, the D7000 is a great camera...!!!

Jay

Thanks Jay.  Glad it worked out for you.

Scott

Oct 15 12 06:53 pm  Link  Quote 
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JSB Fine Art Photo
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Frederick, Maryland, US


Love the Arts wrote:

Enjoy your D7000. You will be able to create wonderful images and video with it.
The price is nice as well.

The D600 would be a lower cost FX upgrade when you make your next step. It produces wonderful quality images and video. They should have all the tech and software issues worked out before Summer of 2013... hopefully.

I have a feeling that by next summer Nikon will have sales, refurbs and specials bringing the the D600 cost to less than $2,000.00. Canon seems to be discounting 5D2/3 series like crazy this season.

Nikon may lower prices because there are still potential D600 customers holding out because of price. The D600 is a good value for its current price of $2100, but lots of blogger's are still expressing disappointment that the body did not sell for $1500.00.

Buying used saved me even more $$$.  There are a lot of good options out there right now.  Tough time to be a photographer...  ;-)

Scott

Oct 15 12 06:58 pm  Link  Quote 
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Don Olson Imagery
Posts: 291
Eugene, Oregon, US


I agree completely with the focusing issues I've seen with a D7000 is the operator not understanding the focus system. I have no problems at all there.
As far as 3rd. party glass I give Tamron and Sigma a wide walk around as I have had too many culls and don't have the time to do their QC for them. But I have no problems at all with Tokina. I've had several and they have all been great. Other 3rd. party glass I have that also produce are a Voigtlander 58, a close to 40 year old Kiron 105 2.8 macro, Hassleblad 110/2 Plannar T* and others. But the best bang for the buck is a Samyang built 85 f1:1.4. Doesn't matter the name on them they are just other worldly FX or DX and for $300 can't be beat.
Yes I have a lot of MF glass but also have up to date Nikkor.
I do a lot of motorsports and if I have one criticism of the D7000 it would be the smaller buffer but I think back on shooting night stock car races and rodeos in the 60's with a 4X5 and get back into that mode again and plan my shots better.

The D7000 is a great body and damned tough and sealed as well.
Oct 15 12 07:20 pm  Link  Quote 
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JSB Fine Art Photo
Posts: 314
Frederick, Maryland, US


So far the D7000 appears to be built well and it is definitely a step above my D60.

Scott
Oct 15 12 07:46 pm  Link  Quote 
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JustinAllenPhotography
Posts: 324
San Jose, California, US


really thinking of picking up a d7000 i have a d40x and need the upgrade.

considering if i can sell my d40x with the 18-55mm and the 55mm-200 for 300 bucks (around 40k shutter count) i would have like 600 in my savings, not to much to ask for a gift from the family
Oct 16 12 02:51 pm  Link  Quote 
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JSB Fine Art Photo
Posts: 314
Frederick, Maryland, US


JustinAllenPhotography wrote:
really thinking of picking up a d7000 i have a d40x and need the upgrade.

considering if i can sell my d40x with the 18-55mm and the 55mm-200 for 300 bucks (around 40k shutter count) i would have like 600 in my savings, not to much to ask for a gift from the family

Sounds like a good plan to me.

Scott

Oct 16 12 04:57 pm  Link  Quote 
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