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Having read all of the coments on this thread, I have come to the conclusion there is some what a bit of a hard core film photographer amongst us. My views are quite simply, if you enjoy what you do you will know in your own mind how you want to go with it, my first DSLR was a D70 and I loved it, I learned a lot and enjoyed every minute of using it, I could fire off 100's of shots per day when I was learning how it all worked and just delete what I didnt like. at no further cost. and lets be honest when you fire off shots like that you are bound to get at least one shot you are happy with. If I had started with photography before digital I am sure I would have had 100's of un developed films in a draw some where and would not have had half so much fun getting to know how the camera works as I would have had to buy dozens of films each day to be able to play with setting etc as I have with my digital only to throw the majority in the bin!.
My upgrade was to a D200 and I am still doing the same, shooting fast and furious and playing with settings and now lighting to keep improving my shots. So at the end of the day I say just enjoy what ever camera you have and upgrade to what ever you want when you can no longer do things with your old model that you want to do. I will upgrade my D200 only when I can no longer find a new way of setting up and getting a good result.
Quote: I would say when you see some of the washed out sunbleached grubby excuses for a photograph that were taken and framed by Mothers and Grannies the world over and taken on film - about the same.
Nothing changes then, exactly the same type of pictures are taken on today's latest answer to everything digital cameras.
I have been copying some old CDs of 2000 "vintage" and only one was corrupt, with a bit of fiddling I was able to retrieve most of the contents.
Film? Digital? Do what you want; we still have a few freedoms left in the UK and one of them is to be able to use whatever medium you like within your camera; see my post for an interest in film from contemporary youth.
Well said Peter, why should we belive that one is better than the other? both mediums can create wonderful images so the main thing to remember is that what ever gives you the most pleasure is the right one for you
Reading your comments made me think that I was the one writing them. Yes my first DSLR (2005) is a Nikon D70S - 18-70 mm Nikon and 18-200 mm Tamron with SB-600 and power grip. Then moved to Sony A350 (2008) - 18-70 mm Sony and 18-200 mm Tamron with Bower flash and power grip. I just bought a Nikon D7000 (2011), uses the about lenses for the D70S and flash; bought also MB-D11 power grip and wireless remote. I felt like simply using a better D70S. I like the continuous shooting (adjustable 1-5 fps) and set with a rotating knob (S CL CH...) I also like the bigger screen. It can also do video (with Live View); autofocusing even in video and continuous shooting. I considered buying a Sony SLT-A55 (the one with fixed mirror). The body is small and the Nikon D7000 seems to be more 'professional' in specification. I actually prefer the design of Nikon than Sony. I do not miss the articulated screen. If I really need the feature, I still have the Sony A350. So I highly recommend Nikon D7000 as an affordable upgrade from D70S and even Sony's A350.
Quote: The sales Person was not telling lies as you claim! I tried both cameras. Both the Lens Release Buttons were sticking on each camera.
The lens release button is supposed to be "stiff" - to prevent accidental release of the lens.
On the D7000 it is a new design with more resistance than on previous bodies
It seems you believed a photographic dope
One of my MPA colleagues had a lens drop off his camera on a couple of occasions precisely because the release-button wasn't stiff enough.
When a new model comes out the best upgrade for those on a somewhat 'ageing' camera is often the model below or being replaced by the new one. So in this instance instead of the D7000 perhaps look at the D90 which would still be a huge leap from your D70 and may offer everything you need? With the D7000 release D90 prices have obviously fallen and many are hitting the second hand market; it represents excellent value if you don't need the latest and greatest.
Well I have sat on my hands now for 3 months and the prices have dropped to approx. £850, I may have to see what I get in ths months paycheck and make the move as I cant see prices dropping much lower across the summer.
But should I wait to see what Focus brings, they might release the D7000s
I doubt that the new D7000s will be announced at Focus but I bet it isn't far away.
Another year till the D7000s release would be more in line with Nikon timing, the D400 has still to be released and would come out 1st would it not?
Well I did the deed, I was in Cardiff, the first time for years and remembered that my favorite camera store was there and as usual I got sterling service and excellent advice as well as a body for £799 (Thank You Jacobs).
The shame was, I was travelling down via the GWR line on St Davids day and at about 3 stations we saw the St Davids Day steam train and I didnt have a camera with me
Buying a new camera can certainly help our photography because it encourages us to go out and take pictures. Enjoy the new toy!
I got my D7000 on Tuesday and although I haven't had much chance to play with it yet I've been pleased with what I have seen so far.
The main downside I thought there would be for me was the restriction to 3 frames for auto-bracketing, but it turns out you can set the increment to 2 stops, so it will still be useful for some handheld HDRs. The only other minor inconvenience I have found so far is that it uses an IR remote, not cable.
On the plus side, it has a nice quiet shutter and I love the large bright viewfinder and rear panel, plus it has native 100iso mode.
The jury is still out whether 14bit RAW gives enough benefit to offset the extra filesize and longer write times in camera. I have read mixed reviews so am sticking to 12bit until I have researched it a little more.
If you were at Focus the D7000 was £699
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