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November 20, 2010


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Nice write up. Looking for a comparison with K5.

If you decide not to keep it, let me know. Since it looks (almost) just like my D5000, I might be able to pass it off as the same old camera and not get in trouble with my wife. :)

Impressive leaf shot, especially since you say it was so dark at the time.

I'm also a fan of separate focus button, nowadays: when I had the 550D, I tried it for a week, got used to it, tried going back to it being tied to the shutter-release and reverted within half an hour. The 60D didn't even get a choice in the matter - straight onto separate button and all is well. :)

I also think that camera is appealing, and have a question:
considering you are a Pentax user who enjoys his K-7 and Pentax lenses, and that the new K-5 adds the same D7000 sensor to the package, may you explain what that appeal is?
I see the D7000 as a K-5 without in body anti-shake, but would happily try one. What about Nikon primes, do they... deliver?


I don't know for a fact that the Pentax K-5 and Nikon D7000 share the same sensor. Even if they did, the way each manufacturer processes the data will have subtle effects on the image--effects you may either like or not.

But that's beside the point. I fully expect to have a Pentax K-5 to test within a week or two. One of main reasons I bought the Nikon D7000 was so that I wouldn't have to test the K-5 in a vacuum. It helps to know how cameras of similar size, price point and specification actually perform. So far I can say that the only three areas where the D7000 has a clear advantage over my Pentax K-7 are high ISO performance, low light AF ability, and the sophistication of the accessory flash system. If the K-5 can match the D7000 in at least two out of three, the Nikon may soon be given a fond farewell.

As for whether the Nikon primes deliver, well, keep your eyes peeled for my next post.

The D7000's handling hasn't changed much from the D90, which is a good thing. Unfortunately in its infinite wisdom Nikon decided they needed to make the camera just a little bit bigger and heavier - the wrong direction, in my opinion.

Given Nikon's 12-14 month revamp schedule for the D3xxx DSLRs I suppose next October we'll see a D3200 with the D7000's sensor in it. If so, that would make a killer street outfit. Sadly the D7000 is just a bit too heavy for all-day, on the shoulder wanderings. At least for me.

Thanks for the Show ISO/Easy ISO tip! I'm definitely using that (on my D90). I wish I'd discovered it earlier. I guess I ought to read my manual more carefully.

Incidentally, for people who are using the D90, the effects of Show ISO/Easy ISO in S (Shutter-priority) and P (Program) mode seem to be a little different to the ones Gordon describes on the D7000. In both S and P modes on the D90, with Show ISO/Easy ISO set, the front command dial controls ISO, while the rear command dial works as usual: in S mode it controls shutter speed, while in P mode it allows you to cycle through various aperture/shutter speed combinations (for the camera-determined exposure, at the relevant ISO).

eager to hear your comments on the Nikon. the body seems almost perfect, roughly the size of the K-5 but taller, allowing a full grip, and they claim some weather resistance too.

i'm more curious about Nikon's primes vs Pentax's Limited primes though. mainly, how much image quality is Pentax sacrificing for the smallest lenses in the business (if any), and are the size and price differences worth it, either way? how do the Nikon primes feel on the D7000? how travel-worthy is the combined kit ?

there's obvious benefits in going with one of the big two. On paper, (and in paper money) the D7000 seems like camera to get. curious to know how you think the Pentax system competes.

Willing to wait.Dynamite Fotos

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