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Monday, March 14, 2011

Pick a Nikon DSLR Digital Camera for the Rest of Your Life - Nikon D7000 D700 D3s D3x D3100 D5000



Discussing Thom Hogan's "Camera For Life" question that was posed to him. A reader asked Thom if he had to choose a camera right now that would last him for the rest of his life, what would he choose. Bear in mind, Thom shoots Nikon DSLR digital cameras, so we're only talking Nikon here. He rules out 4/3 and compacts right away because of image quality, and then we're left with the current Nikon offering... the Nikon D3100, Nikon D5000, Nikon D7000, Nikon D700, Nikon D3s, and Nikon D3x. Here's what he chose...

5 comments:

latinware said...

I'll pick D700, it is a great pice of equipment, rough almost indestructible. I sold it, which I regret it. But purchase the D7000 and I am very happy with that, and for the type of photos that I do it's perfect, besides I do lot of travel in my motorcycle or else and the weight it's perfect. Regarding 4/3's, I do own the GF1, I like it but nothing like NIKON.

Anonymous said...

Having borrowed and rented several Nikon D700's, I have to question it as a "camera for the rest of your life". Mechanically, it is second-rate compared to the top of the line film Nikons I've used all my life, and it is simply not as rugged as the D2X I now use. Then, also, perhaps this is not a strictly practical consideration but it's "skin", particularly at the upper right hand side of the camera back, almost invariably peels off after the camera has been subjected to real world use. This does not bespeak "quality". As a Nikon user for almost 50 years , I know that a heavy camera can be a burden for a photographer who travels, but where dependability is concerned it is a necessary burden. Not to mention that the heavier a camera is the more it tends to steady its user when used handheld.

travelwhimsy said...

very timely for me as I woke up this morning after purchasing a D7000 last night with the thought that this would probably be all the camera I will ever need. I look forward to the post about your own final choice!

Christobella said...

I'd have to agree with Mr Hogan on this one (predictably perhaps, as I'm a D700 owner!). But his arguments are exactly the reasons I bought it. I suspect that by the end of the year, my answer will be D800....

Fast Freddy said...

As a owner of two older Nikon DSLR's I'm struggling with this. I have a D100 with the vertical grip and a D2x. I'm looking at the D3s as my next camera but the D7000 is now starting to intrigue me. I weeded out the D700 due to a review showing images showed in the higher ISO's that the D3s had less noise. Plus it's price wise right smack dab in the middle of the D7000 and D3s price wise. I also like that the D3s has very similar control locations to my D2x making the transition easier. I mainly shoot with my D2x leaving the D100 collecting dust these days. So I'm hesitant to go back to a regular body where I would probably end up with another vertical grip. Plus other cameras that offer a vertical grip give you increased shooting time with a second or large capacity batter all together than that of the d7000. So I am going back and forth. My wallet begs me to get the D7000 and the rest of me wants to go for the D3s.