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Re: D300s or D7000?

Unread post by BushNuts » Mon Oct 25, 2010 11:21 am

Hey there big5spotter,

Good question. Depends on what you are looking for. Both cameras are nearly identical. The D7000 has higher megapixels, but the D300s has less pixels per square inch (A good thing for quality).

Personally I would go with the D300s, but that's because I own one. The quality of the shots I can achieve on it is not really much better than my old D70, or any other Nikon out there, but the strong point of the D300s is the ease of use. The access and speed when changing settings is phenomenal thanks to the design of the menus and additional switches and buttons on the body.

Going for the D7000, it has better HD video capabilities. True HD (1080) and better AF when taking videos. Something I found is not the best on the D300s.

Either way you're making the right choice (Nikon). :mrgreen:
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Re: D300s or D7000?

Unread post by Dirk.V.E. Neethling » Sat Oct 30, 2010 3:58 pm

To my knowledge the D7000 is going to be a complete new camera in the sense of sensor wise. Most of the current futures find on the D300s will also be on the D7000 accept for some performance issues( D7000 39 focus sensors, 4sps comparing to D300s 7fps with MD10 battery grip and 51 point focus sensors) The current DSRL’s of Nikon are using sensors that have been made by Sony. The D7000 is Nikons first own sensor for Digital DSRL and according to rumors out there, D4 and D800(both FX-full frame) and the D400(1.5crop-DX)also going to have Nikon sensors. The D7000 was only released about 2 weeks now in the US and there are a lot of back-orders, meaning the Pros doing reviews are struck ling to get there hands on them. Now according to Thom Hogan(with according to 80% of Nikon users have the best reviews and user guides for Nikon cameras) who also just started testing the D7000, the D7000 is the best low light performance DX format DSRL he have tested. He also tested Sony and Canon and he says this camera is the best in that regard. If I were you, I wait for a month or two and see what the pros think of it. That if you can. If you want to wait longer the upgrade of the D300s is dew May 2011(D400)

PS: you can read the reviews of all the Nikon body’s, lenses ,flash and more on he website at www.bythom.com. He is one of the best writer on the web for photography out there.
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Re: D300s or D7000?

Unread post by Dirk.V.E. Neethling » Sun Oct 31, 2010 10:15 am

Good day BushNuts,

There is no proper review yet only specifications on it. Like I said the pro’s only got there hands on it in the last two weeks and it will take a month before there will be a proper review available. Current frets tend to that the D7000 is better in low light conditions than D300s. Look it in this way..

If you an photo enthusiast- amateur photographer the D7000 will be good for you. Most of the control you can set to Auto and let the camera decide with is the best settings.

If you are a amateur- pro photographer the D300s is better as you have more control over the settings. But bare in mind you need to have same understanding of settings to get good results other wise you can get frustrated.

Difference between n consumer an pro photographer is never the camera but you as the shooter. If you going to shoot most setting auto you going to get 30 to 40% good photos were as n pro under stands all the elements and shoot manual and get it right 80-90% of the times

So question is do you shoot manual or Auto most of the time?

Like the pro says…..D300s leans pro and D7000 leans consumer and that is not because one is better than the other but the way you shoot as one you can control more than the other.

Read the 2 reviews below and then you get an idea what I am talking about

http://www.bythom.com/nikond300review.htm
http://www.bythom.com/nikond90review.htm This is the D90 review. Bear in mind the D7000 replace this and this review will give you idée as to what the D7000 will hold in.
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Nikon D7000 is here........

Unread post by Dirk.V.E. Neethling » Tue Dec 21, 2010 2:27 pm

The Nikon D7000 is here :dance: and there is a big buzz around it. I saw it at Makro for R12999 body only. You can get it from B&H video and photo in New York for $1199(R8400) plus $80(R540) shipping and 21% import tax(R1764) and you can get is for about R11000 from overseas. B&h is very good and one of the best out there and they take Sa credit/debit cards and do ship internationally. Just read a review of the D7000 by Thom Hogan and I just had to quote this that he said….
“Positives
• Nice Feature/Price Balance. Yes, US$1199 is a bit higher, but the feature set is deeper and the performance better. It's a slightly better value than a D90 was, and that was a good value.
• Excellent Image Quality. Pixels? Got 'em. Low light capability? Got enough of it. HD Video? Got it. Very little in the image quality realm bothers me. Nikon mostly nailed it.
• Tough Competitor. Canon users will be envious. Sony users will be envious. Heck, even users of older Nikon DX DSLRs will be envious. “
…………… By Thom Hogan..

Sorry canon fans but eat dirt :rtm: :whistle: :tongue: ……..Nikon is the best!!!!!
Other interesting thing that I read is that DX camera is better for wildlife photography than FX cameras. Reason being that DX have a better pixel density than Fx and give more dynamic range with is Ideal for wildlife photographers. Yes the D3 and D700 cameras in general will be a better camera as what the D300s and D7000 will be but, for wildlife shooting you will get better results with a D300s or D7000 than what you will get with the FX versions.
Then just one more curve ball for the Canon fans…..please read Ken Rockwell website. He shoots with every thing from Canon to Nikon to sigma to leica ens…..Read is Recommended camerasection……In is own words…..when it comes to DSRL cameras there is only one brand and that is Nikon :big_eyes: :dance: and that is also the brand the pro use most. When it came to compact cameras then you shoot canon…. :hmz:
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First DSLR Camera - advice needed!!!

Unread post by PARDUS1029 » Wed Jan 12, 2011 8:52 pm

Hi to all.

I am thinking of buying my first DSLR cam and want to find out want you guys think of the following camera.

The Nikon D90 or D500.

Which one do you think is the one to buy for wildlife photography!!

I like the D90 more than the D500?

I had a Panasonic Lumix.

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Re: First DSLR Camera - advice needed!!!

Unread post by john n poppy » Wed Jan 12, 2011 10:02 pm

Hi Pardus,

I bought a D90 last year for my trip in Kruger and loved it...

most of the pictures were taken with the D90 and 70-300mm 4.5 VR Nikon lens though some were taken with a D3000.

Feel free to have a look at our trip report, I found the D90 a great tool and at a good price, though the lens is most important they are very expensive for us to buy for a few weeks a year.

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Re: First DSLR Camera - advice needed!!!

Unread post by Switchback » Thu Jan 13, 2011 2:07 pm

It's a no brainer... NIKON D90!! :thumbs_up:

The ONLY reason I could ever see why not to buy one, is if you've got enough money to buy the Nikon D7000... Eish, I'm making my own mouth water now...

But seriously, I've been using my D90 now for almost two years and what a pleasure these two years have been from taken many weddings to mammals in KTP. Have a look at my TR to see some results with a D90 and using mostly a Sigma 150 - 500m lens.

When you go buy your D90, do go on the FREE Nikon course you get with it, they teach you all the ins and outs of your camera - no need for a manual after that course. :thumbs_up:

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D90 vs D7000

Unread post by Anja Barnard » Sun Jul 10, 2011 11:06 am

Hi every one

I am completely new to the camera / photography world. I currently have a Canon SX30 IS and that's it.

I desperatly want to upgrade. :roll: :roll: :roll:

After doing some reading here and elsewhere, visiting a few shops, also online, and after chatting to a few people, the "Nikon'ers" won. :wink: They convinced me. (i've come to realise the canon vs nikon battle is rather serious :D )

I was looking at the D90 with 18-105VR lense and the 70-300mm VR lens and then bit later sigma 150-500mm. ????????

Now I was introduced to the D7000 hearing so many positive things about it. Can you even compare the D90 and D7000. ?

Thing is, the D7000's gonna throw me out of my budget :sniper: :| . But if it is worth waiting /saving :tongue: 3 - 6 months more, I'll do that.

Or will the D90 be sufficient.

Please help!!

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Re: D90 vs D7000

Unread post by RUMURUTI » Sun Jul 10, 2011 11:25 am

Hi Anja,

Well as a D90 user I can tell that it's a great camera and certainly every penny you pay for it.
I started off buying it with it's original lenses and then upgraded with a Nikon 80-400mm and a Sigma 300 mm f/2.8. Always get excellent results and still have to find a negative aspect on it.

I recently used the Sigma 150-500mm and found it to be a great lens, not too heavy and gives you a good reach at 500mm, which is what you need in the bush.
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Re: D90 vs D7000

Unread post by Switchback » Sun Jul 10, 2011 2:45 pm

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Re: D90 vs D7000

Unread post by Switchback » Fri Jul 15, 2011 8:01 am

Hi Anja,

Only you know your budget and the ammount of time you would have to wait for the D7000 before you can buy it. If you have a trip comming up soon, I'd say go for the D90 - it really still is a great DSLR, but if there is no rush and you could bear the itch (yes, that itch could be hard to ignore!!) it may be worth it to wait 'till you can buy the D7000.

Keep on watching sites like SACamera, ORMSDirect, Cameraland, Nikonshop etc. :thumbs_up:
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Re: D90 vs D7000

Unread post by WillemK » Wed Jul 20, 2011 4:58 pm

Hi A

I also bought a D7000 (body only)in January 2011 as my first SLRD. Before that I was playing around with a Sony cybershot (mik and drukkie). As a lens I bought a Nikkor 70 x 300 f4.5-5.6 with a Kenko 1.4 convertor. I used that lens during my second visit to the Kgalagadi and I enjoyed the camera and lens a lot. Nothing wrong with that lens on the D7000. And the D7000 was so easy to learn for a beginner like me.

Then I bougth myself a Nikkor 70 x 200 f2.8 lens with a Nikon 2.0 convertor (my wife's convertor) and I used it during my third Kgalagadi trip. What a difference! The photos posted on my Trip Report (trip 1) was the D7000 with 70x200 f2.8 lens and 2.0 convertor.

My wife is using a D300 and D3s and she is still very impressed with easy handling (many of the important menu functions can be adjusted from the "outside" and you don't need to go into the menu of the camera), and the feel of the D7000. She also told me the D7000 is the upgrade of the D90 meaning you can get a D90 at a good price but.....?! The D7000 has won several awards - meaning the upgrade is probably worth it.

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Re: D90 vs D7000

Unread post by Scottm » Wed Aug 24, 2011 4:58 pm

If you can wait, rather wait to get the D7000 for the following TWO reasons:
* firstly the D7000 is a reasonable upgrade on the D90 in most respects, but more importantly,
* the improvement in handling of ISO levels means that you CAN use slower (read MUCH less initial outlay) lenses to get similar results in low light. No longer necessary to get a 70-200 f2.8VR lens (although it is still on the wish-list), as the higher and improved ISO handling allows for low-light pictures way beyond what the D90 can handle.

If budget is a major long-term issue, consider the merits of the D5100 at a much lower entry cost, with similar benefits. Lenses are a personal choice based on usage and cost, and will generally never need to be replaced, merely upgraded if you do not go for the best upfront....

I wished and waited a year to get the 70-200f2.8VR and finally decided that a new D7000 would take better pictures with the 70-300VR than my trusty D70 would with a 70-200VR. so I got a new camera and lens AND I saved R8000 in the process.... I should be able to understand and use all the features of this D7000 within the next 23 years :)

decisions, decisions and decisions... hmmmm.... done :cam:
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Re: D90 vs D7000

Unread post by Morkel777 » Fri Sep 02, 2011 8:04 am

I recently acquired a D7000 as a second body to my D3s and I have not been dissappointed! It works very well in terms of autofocus and functionality, image quality is great and can operate at high ISO settings.

I was a Canon user before and would dare say that the D7000 image quality is even better than the Canon 7D (which is essentially in a higher spec bracket) :shock:

Here are some sample shots from my recent trip to Kruger - haven't processed many though...

This was captured using the Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8 VR-II plus 1.4x teleconverter:
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This was captured using the Nikkor 500mm f4 VR-II plus 1.4x teleconverter:
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Nikon D800

Unread post by Scottm » Tue Feb 07, 2012 1:39 am

The D700 replacement in the form of the D800 is expected to be officially announced today. 36mp FX camera. Have a look at http://www.nikon.com/news/2012/0207_dslr_01.htm (many other sites available, including facebook) and then decide if it is worth it...

From my personal perspective, the BIGGEST benefit for all those wildlife photographers that chase technology in this field, is the ability to FOCUS at f8, which translates into being able to use a 600mm f4 lens, together with a 2x converter, giving 1200mm in FX mode and still having full functionality. Of course, your could still crop down to DX mode, getting around 16mp shots at 1800mm :cam: with AUTOFOCUS STILL OPERATIONAL :big_eyes:

If frames per second and/or low light has to be the best available, then I would suggest looking at the D4, as the FPS rate of 4 in FX mode or 6 in DX mode may just be the limiting factor, but then again, the D4 is over R60k locally

List Price for the D800 is currently expected to be $2999.00 ... :think: All donations gratefully accepted :lol:
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