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Nikon D7000, thoughts?
Chris Peterson, Photographer, Photo Editor
Columbia Falls | MT | USA | Posted: 10:22 AM on 11.10.10
->> I've ordered a D7000 and I was wondering if anyone out there in sportsshooter land has one and what their opinions are of it...
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Arthur Spragg, Photographer
San Angelo | TX | USA | Posted: 10:37 AM on 11.10.10
->> Ken Rockwell is gushing over the D7000...

http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/d7000.htm
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Nic Coury, Photographer
Monterey | CA | | Posted: 11:54 AM on 11.10.10
->> I'm considering one as well. Looks like pretty good high-ISO, image qualitY at 16mp, but why does it have to use an entirely different battery and grip than the D300/D700.

Not cool.
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Andrew Carpenean, Photographer
Laramie | WY | USA | Posted: 12:44 PM on 11.10.10
->> Nic,

I agree. Although its suppose to be a replacement model for the D90 which is smaller in dimensions than the D300/700 and exceed the D300s capabilities. And obviously cheaper in price than either of those two models which makes it even more interesting.

I would consider one too.
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 5:46 PM on 11.10.10
->> Hoping to get my hands on one for a "test drive" soonest.

Can't wait. I've talked to a few fortunate photographers that have been able to buy a D7000 and they have said a lot of great things about it. Especially the improved AF in LiveView (video) mode.
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Jeff Brehm, Photographer, Photo Editor
Salisbury | NC | USA | Posted: 5:54 PM on 11.10.10
->> Does the grip increase the fps? I looked at the manual PDF and it didn't seem to say.
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Matt Cashore, Photographer
South Bend | IN | USA | Posted: 6:02 PM on 11.10.10
->> 1/250 sync speed. Yay. No way to hook it up to a Pocket Wizard. Boo.
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Doug Holleman, Photographer
Temple | TX | USA | Posted: 6:06 PM on 11.10.10
->> I wish I had known some of this stuff when it was first announced, like the impressive high ISO, the U1, U2 mode and superior AF. I would have ordered one right away. They mainly advertised the improved 24p video, which I wanted, but not in a lesser DSLR than I already had. They were very nonspecific about the shooting features.

Now I guess I'll have to get on the list and wait.
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Kent Miller, Photographer
New York | NY | USA | Posted: 10:27 PM on 11.10.10
->> Been using it over a week. Love it so far.
Video is awesome. Images are awesome. I shoot mostly stills. But my assistant is a video guy and has already shot 2 jobs with it. The AF works! I have no idea how they make it track but it works. Not bad for a 1200.00 camera. It needs the grip to feel good in my hands. I'm a pro body guy.
More as we test it.
k
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Matthew Bush, Photographer
Hattiesburg | MS | USA | Posted: 10:31 PM on 11.10.10
->> Matt- I am not sure but I think it uses the same remote system as the D90 and there is a workaround to fire them with Wizard's.

I can not wait for the D700 replacement after seeing this..
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Debra L Rothenberg, Photographer
New York | NY | USA | Posted: 12:25 PM on 11.14.10
->> ASA 5000:
http://www.sportsshooter.com/rothenbergphoto/d7000/

I love it too
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Scott Rovak, Photographer
St. Louis | MO | USA | Posted: 2:46 PM on 11.14.10
->> I got one to test last week, so far it's a great little camera. I say little because I too like the feel of a pro body. I can't wait to get my hands on the grip. 6FPS, grip or no grip.
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Jeff Brehm, Photographer, Photo Editor
Salisbury | NC | USA | Posted: 5:48 PM on 11.14.10
->> I looked at the grip on Adorama's web site. It said it boosts to 8 fps. Woohoo!
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Zach Ornitz, Photographer
Syracuse | Ny | USA | Posted: 8:36 PM on 11.14.10
->> I got mine last week, just in-time to employ this weekend as a second video camera for an on-going multimedia project. I bought it specifically for use as a HD-SLR that shoots high iso at 1080p. With this in mind, I have to say that it's been kicking the snot out of the D3s. My two-cents.

Cheers,
-Z

P.S. When the documentary film is finished, I'll supply a link.
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W. Patrick Lanius, Photographer
Centennial | CO | USA | Posted: 9:25 PM on 11.17.10
->> I looked into a D7000 a few days ago. Among other uses, I want to be able to use it as a remote with my older Multimax PW’s. I concluded that the camera can indeed be fired with my PW’s through the MC-CD2 port. This is the same port as on the D90 and D5000. Pocket Wizard has 3 cords that work with the MC-DC2 port. They have two versions of the cord for older PW’s - one with a pre-trigger switch and one without. The third cord is for newer Multimax’s and the FlexTT5 with the ACC port. See this page FMI about the Pocket Wizard cables.

http://www.pocketwizard.com/products/cable_accessory/cameracables/

A bit pricey at $97. It looks like Flash Zebra has a pre-trigger one too at $28.

http://flashzebra.com/products/0134/index.shtml
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Chris Peterson, Photographer, Photo Editor
Columbia Falls | MT | USA | Posted: 2:29 PM on 11.26.10
->> Kudos to jeff Snyder at Adorama. It's en route!
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Doug Holleman, Photographer
Temple | TX | USA | Posted: 6:51 PM on 11.26.10
->> I checked one out at a camera store last week. It seems much smaller in my hands than my D300. There is no focus button on the back, so you would have to re-assign the AE-Lock button instead, and you have to reach for it a bit, which is a bit of a problem if you use the focus button all the time like I do.

The early high ISO reviews seem to have been a bit overhyped from some more recent samples I've seen. It doesn't seem like a big enough improvement over the D300 to make the investment. Looks like a good camera, but not one that would replace one of my D300s for the bulk of my shooting.

At this point my only remaining interest in it would be the HD video, and I'm not in that big a hurry for that. I think I'll wait a bit longer and see if the successor to the D300S provides both the video and another usable stop of High ISO performance, and at a price I can live with.
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Chris Peterson, Photographer, Photo Editor
Columbia Falls | MT | USA | Posted: 9:52 AM on 12.05.10
->> Well I've used it a few days and yes it is small, but it's built like a brick. The high ISOs look very good to me (much better than the D300), especially when shot in the RAW format.

The AF is spot-on. It's quieter than the D300 and the video is a lot of fun and easy to use, but it will definitely need an external mic.

The problem with RAW files is unless you have CS5 (I don't) you can only open them in Nikon's software at this point, and it's painfully slow on a Dual processor G5. So I'm looking at some upgrades to hardware and software in 2011.
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Debra L Rothenberg, Photographer
New York | NY | USA | Posted: 11:48 AM on 12.05.10
->> I am really enjoying this camera but find that when converting the RAW images, they still look as if they have more noise than the straight out of the camera JPEG at higher ISO's
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Steve Ueckert, Photographer
Houston | TX | | Posted: 12:21 PM on 12.05.10
->> Do you have the in-camera high ISO noise reduction enabled? If so that would explain why the RAW conversions display a higher level of noise.

The RAW conversions should replicate the same potential noise level as the JPEGs after noise reduction is applied in post. Hopefully PS will handle this and not an external plug-in such as Noise Ninja.
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Debra L Rothenberg, Photographer
New York | NY | USA | Posted: 12:28 PM on 12.05.10
->> Steve,
I just checked and the default setting was on normal so I turned it off. I will see if that changes thing...thanks for the tip
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Chris Peterson, Photographer, Photo Editor
Columbia Falls | MT | USA | Posted: 2:36 PM on 12.05.10
->> I just downloaded a trial version of Capture NX 2 and it works much faster than the NX View that ships with the camera. Might not have to go through some painfully expensive upgrades after all.

Steve, I had my ISO noise reduction set to high. Are you saying shut it off entirely? Or just for RAW files?
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Steve Ueckert, Photographer
Houston | TX | | Posted: 12:52 AM on 12.06.10
->> Chris--

I'm not saying to turn-off the in-camera noise reduction, merely that it is a likely cause for camera generated JPEGs to have less noise than a RAW conversion if noise reduction wasn't also applied in post.

A RAW file is just that, high ISO noise reduction shouldn't even be an issue as it is a typical part of post.

If you are shooting JPEGs so as to turn out an image as fast as possible then get it as right as possible in-camera including not only exposure, white balance, file size and compression level, but also NR if it is eventually to be needed. Do some tests to best understand to what degree the in-camera NR affects the image.
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Chuck Steenburgh, Photographer
Lexington | VA | USA | Posted: 7:37 PM on 12.06.10
->> CS5 won't open the D7000 NEFs yet; they haven't released a new version of Camera Raw since August (though they might have a "release candidate" out there).
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Debra L Rothenberg, Photographer
New York | NY | USA | Posted: 10:17 PM on 12.06.10
->> CS5 opens my RAW files from the d7000
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David Harpe, Photographer
Denver | CO | USA | Posted: 11:37 PM on 12.06.10
->> CS5 opens my RAW files from the d7000

Same here...CS5 version 12.0.4 x64, Camera Raw 6.2.0.29
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David Harpe, Photographer
Denver | CO | USA | Posted: 11:53 PM on 12.06.10
->> Sorry I was wrong on those version numbers...was looking at the wrong system:

- CS5 version 12.0.2 x64, Camera Raw 6.3.0.79
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Chuck Steenburgh, Photographer
Lexington | VA | USA | Posted: 5:05 AM on 12.07.10
->> Yep - Just noticed ACR 6.3 has been released.
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Delane B. Rouse, Photographer, Photo Editor
Washington | DC | US | Posted: 10:59 PM on 01.15.11
->> Sorry if I missed it here...but can PhotoMechanic "see" the D700 when it's connected to a Mac (OSX 10.6.6)?
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Matt Strasen, Photographer, Photo Editor
Plano | TX | USA | Posted: 10:06 PM on 01.16.11
->> Was hoping to get some opinions on whether or not any of y'all would trade a D300s for a D7000? I am fairly unhappy with high ISO's with the D300s, and want to get something at a similar price point that will handle being a second body better.

Thanks
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Nic Coury, Photographer
Monterey | CA | | Posted: 3:23 AM on 01.17.11
->> @Matt

I sold my D300s purely to buy a D7K.

Better video and super clean 3200 iso.
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Randy Abrams, Photographer
Bath | NY | US | Posted: 9:07 AM on 01.17.11
->> I had a D300 and comparing files to the D7000, the 7000 is definitely better. I've had some shot at 6400 ISO with the D7000 that were really quite nice. My only problem with the D7000 is that I had to send it back as it backfocused with ALL of my lens so I really haven't been able to get much use out of it yet. It is on its way back (due tomorrow) right now so hopefully I'll get to give it another shot this week.
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David Harpe, Photographer
Denver | CO | USA | Posted: 9:17 AM on 01.17.11
->> Agree with the above. I've had a D7000 for a few months now and the high ISO is scary good. Video is very good...battery life is good as well.
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Chris Peterson, Photographer, Photo Editor
Columbia Falls | MT | USA | Posted: 10:15 PM on 01.17.11
->> It seems to hold up in the weather as well. I had mine caked with snow and ice the other day, and it held up admirably.

Of course, I don't recommend this abuse, but I'm an idiot.
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Chris Peterson, Photographer, Photo Editor
Columbia Falls | MT | USA | Posted: 9:58 AM on 01.20.11
->> I threw up a sample video of river otters shot with a 400 2.8 on a monopod jammed in the snow. Sound was recorded with the in-camera mic.

http://vimeo.com/18983088
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John Todd, Photographer
Palo Alto | CA | usa | Posted: 10:10 AM on 01.20.11
->> Chris,

Great video. How is the video autofocus working for you?
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Delane B. Rouse, Photographer, Photo Editor
Washington | DC | US | Posted: 11:20 AM on 01.20.11
->> I only like the AF when using AF-S lenses; when using the internal mic all my other lenses are LOUD and sounds like a construction site.

Delane
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Chris Peterson, Photographer, Photo Editor
Columbia Falls | MT | USA | Posted: 2:31 PM on 01.20.11
->> John,

Delane is right. Use AFS lenses and the camera will focus very quickly, but the internal mic picks up the sound if the focus has to travel very far. I'm not sure if an external mic will fix the problem.I'm waiting for an xlr adapter to use my external mic. I'm really, really hoping that fixes the problem.
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Marty Price, Photographer
Concord | NC | USA | Posted: 1:23 AM on 01.21.11
->> Just got mine today and I am very impressed with the high iso performance. Any tips on settings for the high iso range as far as noise reduction, sharpening and contrast? Normal noise reduction seemed fine until I reached the 12,800 range. Can't wait to play with it some more!
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Cliff Lawson, Photographer
Parker | CO | USA | Posted: 1:51 AM on 01.21.11
->> I got the D7000 at the PPA ImagingUSA this past weekend as a backup to my D3.
The D2X was just getting too old and as you all know the ISO above 400 ain't so hot. Have not shot a lot yet, but this think looks great. I talked to Dave Black about it at the convention and he loved it. His only concern for him, was the cropped sensor. I feels small compared to the D3 (well...it IS smaller) but well built. I did some tests at 3200 and 6400 and was impressed. What noise there was was handled by the noise reduction in CS5 quite well.

I think I'm gonna love it.
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Jon Wright, Photographer
Wayzata | MN | USA | Posted: 9:21 PM on 01.21.11
->> I love the fact that I can check and change my AF mode and ISO settings by looking at the back of the camera. It saves me having to put my glasses on. So far I'm really happy with my new D7000!
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Ken Charnock, Photographer
Mooresville | NC | United States | Posted: 11:11 PM on 01.26.11
->> Thanks to Jeff at Adorama Camera, I received mine today. Looking forward to testing it this weekend. Got it as a 3rd body and for the video.
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Aleksi Lepisto, Photographer
Port Angeles | WA | United States | Posted: 1:38 AM on 01.29.11
->> I'm curious, who has used this for fast action like sports? Would it work as far as the AF accuracy and speed? I've even had problems with the D300 motor keeping up with bursts, and so far nothing can rival the D3 I used.

Would be great to be able to get something new without spending the huge dollars of a pro body like a D3s.
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Chuck Steenburgh, Photographer
Lexington | VA | USA | Posted: 7:20 AM on 01.29.11
->> Aleksi - it's a good second body but the AF isn't quite up to par with my D300/D300s.
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Ben Liu, Photographer, Student/Intern
Lubbock | TX | | Posted: 10:53 AM on 01.29.11
->> How is the AF speed compared to the d200?
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Chris Peterson, Photographer, Photo Editor
Columbia Falls | MT | USA | Posted: 1:42 PM on 01.29.11
->> Chuck, I'd have to disagree on AF speed. The D7000 on both the 200-400 and 400 afs II is faster than my D300, particularly in low light levels. I've had the AF be spot-on on subjects that were almost in complete darkness.

The files at high ISOs are WAY cleaner, too. All in all, it's a cheap upgrade and the video quality is pretty damn sweet (audio not so much, I'm working on fixes).

Ben — it's been a long time since I used a D200, but I'd have to say the AF is significantly better.

I actually like a smaller more compact body, because I lug these cameras and lenses hundreds of miles in a year. Any weight I can save and still get good results is a bonus.
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Scott Rovak, Photographer
St. Louis | MO | USA | Posted: 1:52 PM on 01.29.11
->> I agree with Chris, I switched from my D300s to my D7000 on my 200-400 for hockey when I'm shooting down ice. The noise was better and the colors were better and I didn't have any loss due to autofocus issues.
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Chuck Steenburgh, Photographer
Lexington | VA | USA | Posted: 7:59 PM on 01.29.11
->> Well, there you have it...YMMV. :-)

Have to admit I haven't used it on anything more luxurious than a 70-200/f2.8G VR (1st ed) so...it IS way better than a D200, though.
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Dirk Weaver, Photographer, Assistant
Charlotte | NC | USA | Posted: 8:26 PM on 01.29.11
->> For those of you who have switched from either the D300 or D300s, can you justify the cost of purchasing SD cards and such?
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Bryan Crowe, Photographer
Fullerton | CA | US | Posted: 3:51 AM on 01.30.11
->> Just took mine out for the Maiden Voyage. Definitely will need the grip. It's a back up to my D3 and D700. Focus was pretty darn good outdoors though the metering in AV seemed to be very sensitive when center weighted.
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