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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2012 8:39 pm 
I'm getting back in to photography and will be focusing on wildlife photography, in choosing between these two cameras I'm wondering if the much cheaper d5100 will be adequate or will I need the much better autofocusing of the d7000? Budget is a concern at this point but I'd be willing to spend the extra if it really means not missing crucial shots.
Has anyone compared these two systems out in the field?
thanks, Goo

PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2012 6:01 pm 
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The D5100's AF system should be sufficient, but features of the D7000 such as its better accuracy or faster burst gives it an advantage. Keep in mind that he lens also has an effect on the speed.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2012 6:54 am 

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Are you interested in static or dynamic shots?

Static is easier - just position a selected focus point on your subject.

The D7000 is allegedly better but I have found the 11 point focus system on my D90 nothing to complain about and, in fact, I have shot black swans flying at least 100 metres over my head on a dull, cloudy morning with my D40 and 70-300VR at 300mm (nice and sharp it was).

The camera bodies keep getting replaced, but lenses are for much longer.

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PostPosted: Sat May 05, 2012 2:17 am 
a bit of both static and dynamic shots but more static shots I'm thinking.

HilaryC, that's good to know about the swan photos and encouraging that the D90 did fine with that.


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