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December 02, 2010

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So, a lot of positives overall, but the one thing I always hated about Nikon still remains, then: matrix-metering that doesn't understand simple 1+2 or 1+4 sky:landscape compositions. It was for that reason I *always* shot my D200 in manual+spot mode.

I know there've been many Nikons passed under the bridge since then, so I'm surprised it's still an issue. (By way of comparison, the Canon 60D's metering is rightfully a well-deserved boasting-point in the marketing blurb and gives me darned good results...)

Thanks for your mini review. The D7000 has been back-ordered due to its popularity. I was able to eye-ball one in a retail store where I live in Germany. My first impressions were that it looks small and light and I believe that's a good thing. With mirrorless cameras taking a big share of the market, the big DSLR manufacturers seem to be starting to produce smaller cameras. In the age of miniaturization big pro-looking DSLR's will I believe follow suit albeit limited to sensor size.

"Shooting with a camera that feels alert and responsive makes me feel the same way."
Couldn't agree more. I rented a Mustang on vacation and realised my Volvo station wagon is a little on the sluggish side. As it is also with my Canon 5DMKII and 50D. In comparison, the 50D is a sportscar and I drive it accordingly.
Thanks again!

I agree with your conclusions regarding Nikons matrix-metering. Having not used a D7000, I have noticed that my D200, though overexposing, was more consistant than the D80 or my D700. The newer Nikons seems to take the focusing point too much into account for my liking.

Dear Mr. Lewis,

I really liked the picture of the pretty woman singing. I could almost hear her song. If you wouldn't mind would you please E-Mail me her name so I can see if she has any recordings.

Is mise le meas
Gary O'Callaghan

Her name is Gail. She was an amateur performing at a local open mike event and has no recordings. If I see her again I'll be sure to pass along your compliment about her being a pretty woman. (I agree, btw.)

Sorry if I am late to the game, but welcome to the dark side.

Chris (Nikon D700)

>>welcome to the dark side.<<

Not so fast, Chris. Some of these rituals you Nikon folks practice in the name of photography are still a bit too arcane for me. I'd prefer to keep one foot in the shadows and one in the light, if you don't mind. ;-)

Nice review! I have more or less made my peace with Nikon metering, but it does still occasionally manage to trip me up.

I am curious about your last comment re: lenses. Is it the missing pancake lenses you're referring to or something more exotic?

Now if either Pentax or Nikon were to release a FF DSLR in a body the size of a K5, I'd be set!

Thanks for sharing your perspective. I have been considering this camera, and it's good to read a review from a non-Nikon user. I'm a stock shooter and keep hearing all of the big shooters talking about motion. This camera seems like the best deal for motion yet from Nikon.

Your sample images certainly are sharp enough to suit me. You did a great job of reviewing this camera, sans motion. It's good to have more information to help me make a decision.

Best,
Thom

"So in the end I’m still on the fence about the D7000. It’s an excellent camera but not so wonderful that I’m willing to invest in hundreds of dollars of large, heavy Nikkor lenses."

You mean THOUSANDS of dollars of large, heavy Nikkor lenses!

Gordon,

I'm on the other side, testing a K-5 and wondering how it compares to the Nikon D7000. Wanna take a drive half way between Philadelphia and Massachusetts and meet up for a comparison? :-D

How does the Nikon shutter sound compare to your K-7's? The K-5 shares the same shutter as the K-7 and it sounds divine.

My D80 overexposes consistently in most situations when set to matrix metering. Main reason why I use it on center weighted metering (8 mm circle) most of the time. It's a lot more predictable. Matrix metering works fine with high contrast scenes such as a street partially in the sun, partially in the shadow. I generally use the central AF point and recompose; it's set to wide area AF. The camera is sort of too big and too visible for street photography. I have a better success rate with a tiny Panasonic compact.

Mr. Lewis if you like your K-7 I believe you will love the K-5. I had to pass on the 7 which had more to do with lack of cash than anything else. The finance minister (wife) hinted I should save and wait for the next model. Double bonus cause she loves the shutter sound too.

You have written the most practical review of this camera I could find. Clear, insightful, and filled with useful tips about how to use/set up this camera. I am grateful.

Your portrait of Cole, your son, is stunning.

In a word, Kudos.

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