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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Nikon D7000 First Impressions After a Few Hours of Shooting

After the unboxing and once the battery was charged, I took the Nikon D7000 for a photo walk around the house and the yard.

I shot with the Nikon 50mm f1.4G, the Nikon 105mm f2.8G VR, and the Nikon 70-300mm VR to see how a variety of lenses performed.

I also shot the D7000 at a range of ISO settings, including 6400 ISO, to see how what kind of image quality and high ISO performance the Nikon D7000 is capable of.

While I was shooting, I was paying careful attention to auto focus, shutter lag, and over-all camera response of the D7000 to see how it compared against the Nikon D90 and even my Nikon D700.

Quick summary... the Nikon D7000 ROCKS! It's built like a tank. Feels like a smaller D700. Auto focus is quick and accurate. I'd say it's likely the equal of my D700 from my initial impressions.

The D7000 image quality is fantastic. Could be close to the Nikon D700 from what I'm seeing, but I plan on doing some head to head comparisons to see for sure.

Over-all, I'm very impressed! Watch the video for more of my thoughts and observations, but it's safe to say the Nikon D7000 is a HUGE SUCCESS!

Related posts...

Nikon D7000 One Month Review

Nikon D7000 vs Nikon D700 High ISO Shoot-Out

Nikon D7000 Unboxed Video

Nikon D7000 - The New Crop Sensor DSLR King!

Is the Nikon D7000 replacing the Nikon D300s / D400?

Nikon D7000 Spec Rundown


Rah said...

very informative, keep it coming bro.

Anonymous said...

I'm picking up effectively my first DSLR soon, just curious what direction you'd recommend going after having hands on with the d7000?

My options are: d90 with some money to blow on lenses. Downside here being with the d90 down the road I may want to upgrade to the d7000.


d7000 with the 18-105 kit lens, but odds are if/when I upgrade it.. It wouldn't be until I was ready to go for an FX body.

Just curious what your thoughts were on this.

Cheers :3

Matt Ballard said...

@Anonymous - From the fact that you're considering an FX body down the road, I'd go with the Nikon D90 and get spend a little more on lenses. Choose lens with FX in mind. Consider some fast primes like the Nikon 50mm f1.8D and the Nikon 20mm f2.8D that will work superbly on both the Nikon D90 and an FX body.