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PostPosted: Sun Dec 19, 2010 4:35 pm 
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One thing that we can all agree on for sure is the high ISO performance on the D7000, it's phenomenal!

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Thanks Wout

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 20, 2010 7:26 am 
I have had my D7000 since 5th November
I have yet to have had a camera that does not need some getting used to to obtain the best from.
CL's review of the D7000 has some very valid points. In my opinion as has been pointed out it is not a pro camera but aimed at the upper end of the AP user for this it works very well.
Exposure wise I have found as with all my cameras it is dependant to a large extent to what lens is on the front my prime 35mm,50mm and 55mm micro nikkors are spot on while the 18-200VR tends to need slight over exposure compensation while my notoriously soft Bigma 50-500APO needs compensating for somewhat under exposure but no were near as much as it did on my old D200.
After having this camera for just over a month now I am getting to know how to get the best out of it with each lens so it is now becoming second nature and not much of a problem.
The clarity of the CCD is IMO really good and when using one of my prime lenses produces super crisp images up to 20 X 16 with ease.

I have even been impressed with the in camera editing suite which works suprisingly well and with 2 SD (I run 2x16G cards) slots means plenty of room for backing up.
I love using my little ML3 remote on this camera it is fitted with both front and rear IR sensors & you can select remote, delay release and mirror up then release double press (which is great for macro)
When in non auto/scene operation with the flash set, the DOF preview causes stuttered flash illumination which in low light conditions is very handy.

I have seen many posts on various sites were guys get the camera out of the box then immediately start wailing before they have really learned not much more that how to turn it on.
I prepaid for mine so slightly over the odds, In the UK with VAT about to rise I suspect that after Chistmas it wont have been such a bad idea.

IMO this is certainly not the cheapest high end AP camera but for me I like the use of metal within the housing which makes it feel less plasticy and it produces images that give any DX camera a good run for their money and even can make some FX cameras cough a bit.


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Lee Brandon wrote:
The clarity of the CCD is IMO really good

The D7000 has a CMOS sensor.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 20, 2010 12:08 pm 
Thom Hogan (bythom.com) has just released his review of this camera for anybody interested


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He makes a good point in his review, as usual, and may give more peace of mind to newcomers in the DSLR world of Nikon ;-) Also for people that doubt between D300s and D7000 still after reading Gordon's review.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 20, 2010 5:27 pm 
I really think that perhaps with are raising the bar a tad to high regarding our expectations with new models. When the Canon 60D was released I was surprised to see it was a bit anticlimatic for many Canon users/fans because it wasn't as close to the 7D as they expected.

The same's happened to Nikon users with the D7000, the announced feature set kind of promised a cheap semi-pro body, yet all serious reviews reveal that the actual product is not such thing.

Granted, given the feature set of the older 50D and the announced feature set of the D7000 perhaps we had reasons to expect a bit more, but at the same time, we should know better than to expect either Nikon or Canon to harm their own product lines, besides. At the end of the day, we usually get what we pay for, so no one should be surprised not to get the features or performance of a semi-pro body when we're paying the price tag of the D7000 or the 60D, we're paying for an outstanding prosumer body, and that's exactly what Nikon and Canon deliver.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 20, 2010 9:34 pm 
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The D7000 has a CMOS sensor


Do you mean a Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor and not a Charge Coupled Device.
As I work mostly with Closed Circuit Television I used a term that is loosely used within the industry to cover albeit not that accurately any interface image processor that converts light into electrical impulses, apart from,
that is interlaced Cathode Ray tube cameras such as those used in the early 1970s Marconi cameras

But just to please you Wout

The 23.6 mm X 15.6 mm, 16.9 million pixel Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor in the Nikon D7000 gives excellent clarity


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I dont know what you expect from me now? In Photo land there is a big difference between the two, and you said to be someone that doesnt want to just spew out something based on numbers only, I just wanted to give you the facts. You dont have to act all wise guy, it is what it is on Nikon's website.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 5:39 am 
I was not being a wise guy as you put it but mearly pointing out that I do know what the difference
To most users the sensor is the sensor the only thing they really want to know is its Pixel count and its sensitivity & quality as the 2 do not always go hand in hand. There are some cameras such as the old Olympus C770 that had only a tiny sensor of 4 MP but in the right conditions specially time exposures produce amazing results.
The D7000 sensor has suprising light sensitivity hence the super high ASA/ISO rating, which in its self is a very loose term adopted from the film days as even Nikon admit in the field of digital photography it is not very accurate . That said in my opinion pushing the D7000 sensor to these ultra high levels is more of a sales gimmick than for producing useable images. the noise above 6400 is truly hideous but ok for Facebook ect


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Of course it is hideous above 6400, because that is the last calibrated/recommended ISO. Beyond that it becomes "Hi", which means, we offer you the ability but we do not expect it to perform to our standards.

And for next time, if you dont want to be a wise guy, just dont start to talk in unabbreviated, we all can look up the meaning of abbreviations if we want, just keep it CCD and CMOS. At the moment of writing Nikon has all cameras fitted with CMOS sensors (D3000 being replaced/end of life not counted).

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Whahaha, CCD or CMOS is quite different (you knew I know), but it's in photography-land a very important diffrence.

I dont know what I wanted to say in this post (sorry, forgotten) but that post about sensors was hilarious to read :lol:

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 7:40 pm 
Sorry Wout didnt realise we had to meet with your requirements for posting abbreviations .


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Ah come on man, its far more easier reading to use these abbreviations, you just wrote every single time unabbreviated. In photo terms we ALWAYS just say CCD and CMOS and dont usually say the name as it is. It is not a rule, just something to consider.

Last time, it is what it is, no matter what you keep saying, it is not CCD.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 9:16 pm 
To back up Lee here, I believe that in industry the terms CCD and CMOS are used interchangeably.

In technical photographic terms however the sensors are of course very different and give different results.


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