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Old 24-03-2013, 13:59   #1 (permalink)
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Nikon D7000?

I have nearly taken the plunge and going back to a Dslr. I have narrowed my choices and the d7000 sits on top of my list, my questions are: are there still any issues with oil spots forming inside of the camera that people reported when it first came out or has that issue been resolved? Can anybody recommend a better alternative for around 700- 900. My local camera shop was pushing me towards Sony Alphas but I keep coming back to the Nikon. I have been offered a japan spec Canon 7d at the right money but i am wary about imports help
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Re: Nikon D7000?

Personally I think that the D300s is a better camera in the Nikon line up. However you might find that the D7000 is better for you - the best way is to first plough through the specs to see what the differences between them are.

I would avoid Jap spec kit as if it ever needs service you might find that it has to go back to Japan.
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ROOFER, MPB WHO HAVE AN ADVERT ON THIS FORUM, HAVE SEVERAL USED CANON 7D'S FOR 699

I HAVE HAD A 7D FOR JUST OVER THREE YEARS NOW, IT IS A TRULLY GREAT CAMERA, I DON'T THINK YOU WOULD BE DISAPPOINTED WITH ONE OF THESE.
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Re: Nikon D7000?

For me it would depend on which lenses I would see myself buying and whether rapid fire (+ suitable buffers) was necessary. If you need the latter then a D300s or the 7D might be best. Otherwise the D7000 should be adequate, but I would avoid the kit lenses, not on the basis of resolution but because of the mounts being plastic. If you see yourself changing lenses a lot you might think to go up a peg and get the better lenses with metal mounts (on the Nikon I have the 16-85 walkabout which I would rate as very good). Canon and Nikon lenses compete fairly well but prices can be widely different, mainly in the pro level market (400mm f/2.8 - Nikon=6555, Canon=8,200). One or 2 of the ordinary lenses can have you seriously questioning the cost - e.g. the macro lens debate, Tamron vs Canon vs Nikon, where there is little doubt that the Tamron scores very highly on all counts for APS-C sensors at 2/3 the price. Canon tend have a few more image stabilised lenses in the lower price market but that is gradually changing, e.g. 300mm f/4 - Canon has stabilisation, Nikon not, yet there is only 50 difference on the street.

If you want to leave your camera out in the rain all day look at the weather sealing issues and the battery life, the D7000 is not weather sealed whereas the D7100 is. Also there are some differences with how live view operates. I can only speak for the D300s - you can frame and focus in Live View, pretty accurately but to take a photograph the mirror will drop to focus and get the exposure and then fire. This can lead to camera shake. I believe you can fire the 7D straight. out of live view without any loss. The limits of video recording (Canon usually give longer) and overheating are other points to look at if you intend to try these.

Although I have been a Nikon user for over 40years mainly because Nikon promised a lens mount that would not change, but reliability was also a factor that I came to appreciate, I am not biased and see both as equal. Over lenses Nikon have been fairly true to their word, which means that second hand lenses will work except for a handful of special models, and some excellent quality glass can be bought for a snip. Consulting a repairer about reliability just before I went for the D800 (because of its introduction issues) I was informed that both camps have their issues and generally they are about equal.
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