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I think part of the difference in opinion about the D7000's performance relative to the FX cameras has to do with the quality of light that people regularly shoot in. In fairly broad, even light, the differences aren't that great (ie, for sports) -- but in light with very low color temperature, high contrast, and buried shadows, the benefits of the FX cameras really stand out.
Both are great, of course -- but there's a difference, and it's not insignificant.
And again, it comes back around to lenses. If you are shooting at 200/2.8 on DX vs. 300/2.8 on FX, the latter is going to shine. If to reach the comparable field of view on FX you're using a TC on a 70-200/2.8 or a 300/4, the difference shrinks. I usually shoot events (esp. music) in dark spaces, so I use a 35/85 combo on a D700 a lot. On occasion, I put an 85/1.4 on a crop body, since I don't own a fast 135 for the D700. In that case, the extra effective reach of the faster lens on the crop body helps make up for the light that would be lost by shooting a 70-200/2.8 or 150/2.8 on FX.
The rumored 135/1.8g VR would of course restore the FX advantage, but for now it's vaporware, and I'm reluctant to invest in the 135/2 DC.
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