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p.1 #1 · D7000 or D2x


I searched through this forum for D2x and have a general idea but I am wondering if you kind people have anything to add on the subject. The D7000 (as you know) is around $1200 USD and I am looking at an used D2x for $850USD. I currently have a D70s (light user, 1000 actuations in the last year and looking at changing that) with the following lenses:

- 70-300mm Nikkor VR
- 16-85mm Nikkor VR DX
- 50mm f/1.8 Nikkor

I have a few other film lenses that I bought for my N80 that I barely use anymore (either lenses or camera). I am primarily looking at shooting landscapes, streets and some birds/portraits. I primarily shoot at 100-200 ISO and rarely over 400. I am pretty much a beginner when it comes to photography. The URLs at the bottom should show my shortcomings.

I would have liked the high ISO functionality with the D7000 and the video as well but these are low priority requirements (nice to have but not a deal-breaker). I plan to shoot a considerable amount of HDR photos this summer.

- HDR with 50mm f/1.8 http://goo.gl/OpMgD
- HDR with 16-85 http://goo.gl/QAxY7
- Failed Bokeh attempt on the timepiece with 50mm http://goo.gl/AorXU

Now with that background, what do you think about getting a D2x over a D7000? Is the DynamicRange on the D7k that awesome? The D70s is my backup body and if and when D400 (or whatever D300s's replacement comes out), I hopefully would have saved enough for that body. This looks like maybe summer 2012.

Weight is not a concern and I have big hands and plan to use my tripod (Manfrotto 055XPROB) for most landscape shots.



Mar 19, 2011 at 05:55 AM
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p.1 #2 · D7000 or D2x


When the D400 or whatever comes out, have a look then at picking it up.

My rule of thumb. (Rule #3). Buy the cheapest camera body that ticks all your boxes.

Save the money from the D7000 purchase and pickup the D2x. The D2x has some of the best image quality at 100-200 so no need to worry about that. Even if you did sell the D2x in a year or two, you'll still get some decent money for it (if you don't keep it that is. )



Mar 19, 2011 at 07:47 AM
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p.1 #3 · D7000 or D2x


If you really don't care about high ISO performance, the D2x might be a contender. However, you never know when that functionality might come in handy. I would opt for the D7000 in this case; you are getting a newer, higher resolution sensor, more modern processing technology, and a smaller body.

Arka C.



Mar 19, 2011 at 10:56 AM
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p.1 #4 · D7000 or D2x


Hi,

I had a similar decision to make and I chose the D2X and I'm very happy with it. The images at ISO 100 are amazing, I use the 16-85mm VR as my walk around lens and its a great combination. Other plusses are the flexibility and feel of the body and high speed crop mode. You know the only down side of the camera that I can see, higher ISO settings.

Vic



Mar 19, 2011 at 11:56 AM
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p.1 #5 · D7000 or D2x


I shoot with both, your slow zooms may pose a problem with the D2X unless the light is great.
Shooting landscapes on sticks you'd probably be ok. I'd look for a deal on a D7000
we're seeing them NIB for sub $1100 from the lens rebate pairings. Don't get me wrong,
I love my D2X(s) but I shoot with fast glass 99% of the time @ ISO100/200


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Mar 19, 2011 at 12:23 PM
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p.1 #6 · D7000 or D2x


Thanks everyone and Viczig. I am hoping that the store I will visit in a couple weeks will still have the D2x . I was wrestling between D300s (~$1400USD!) and D7000 for a long time before I figured I will get the D7000 and Promote Control (another $300USD ) but then I see the D2k being talked about on this forum.

I then spent time reading up on the D2x and although I would've liked a D2x Jr (getting picky), I think the size is perfect for my hands and for the hikes, maybe I can still use my D70s (!) - I want to learn more about photography and take nice photos that I can look back on (as opposed to I want to make money off this hobby!).

Viczig: The high speed crop mode sounds amazing indeed - if only I can afford a decent 400mm fixed lens



Mar 19, 2011 at 12:27 PM
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p.1 #7 · D7000 or D2x


after using a D7000 just a day ago i'd be looking at one rather then the D2x. i am totally impressed with this cameras capabilities.

this was processed from raw to JPG via DXO no other work done.

a simple shot of a recreation of Edisons Black Maria in NJ





a little bit of detail: 100% crop of the filiment of the edison bulb lit up inside 24-120 f4 at f4 1/125s









Mar 19, 2011 at 12:27 PM
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p.1 #8 · D7000 or D2x


trenchmonkey wrote:
I shoot with both, your slow zooms may pose a problem with the D2X unless the light is great.
Shooting landscapes on sticks you'd probably be ok.


Thank you kind sir. I looked around for fast ultrawide DX lenses and came up empty. At least, I couldn't find any in the $500-$1000USD range :\ Did I mention I am cheap?



Mar 19, 2011 at 12:31 PM
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p.1 #9 · D7000 or D2x


countcatula wrote:
Thank you kind sir. I looked around for fast ultrawide DX lenses and came up empty. At least, I couldn't find any in the $500-$1000USD range :\ Did I mention I am cheap?


The 17-35 f2.8 and 80-200 f2.8 with your fast 50 in the gap would be a great kit,
and each can be found around the $800 price point...
Your current zooms are very good, the D7000 will give you more flexibility/opportunities using them regardless of the light.



Mar 19, 2011 at 12:45 PM
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p.1 #10 · D7000 or D2x


countcatula wrote:
Thank you kind sir. I looked around for fast ultrawide DX lenses and came up empty. At least, I couldn't find any in the $500-$1000USD range :\ Did I mention I am cheap?


http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showproduct.php/product/1152/cat/33
$600

http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showproduct.php/product/178/cat/33
$525

http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showproduct.php/product/128/cat/13
$975

there you have it. from $500-$1000




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p.1 #11 · D7000 or D2x


Thank you sjms! Cheers mate \o/ (Didn't know about that website either, now more ways to waste...invest my time )


Mar 19, 2011 at 01:29 PM
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p.1 #12 · D7000 or D2x


I switched from D2X to D7000. There are occassions when I wished I hadn't switched, low ISO D2X is amazing but high ISOs (above 350) I'd miss them on D2X. One needs a good techniques to shoot D7000, as extra prseeure on shutter release causes it to blur, but eventually one can easily overcome. Movie mode comes in helpful. I got complimented on photos from my AD (magazine) with D7000 results but not from D2X, though it was due to assignments (I shot @ high ISO, that gave me more DOF on D7000). For my money D7000 is jack of all trades, while D2X is master of one (low ISO).



Mar 19, 2011 at 02:40 PM
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p.1 #13 · D7000 or D2x


I've found that the D7000 demands good glass, I'm getting better results from my 17-35/ 24-120 than my 16-85.


Mar 19, 2011 at 02:48 PM
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p.1 #14 · D7000 or D2x


I have both. No question what I would buy. The D-7000 is good to iso 1600-3200, the D2x to perhaps iso400-800. Resolution wise they're not much different.
The D-7000 has wonderful dynamic range (nearly that of my Fuji S-5).
Further thoghts on the bodies can be found at:
http://henrysmithscottage.wordpress.com/2010/12/28/the-gear-i-use-nikon-d7000/
http://henrysmithscottage.wordpress.com/2010/07/18/the-gear-i-use-nikon-d2x/



Mar 19, 2011 at 04:24 PM
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p.1 #15 · D7000 or D2x


Shawn Shaw wrote:
One needs a good techniques to shoot D7000, as extra prseeure on shutter release causes it to blur, but eventually one can easily overcome.


Can you explain this please?



Mar 19, 2011 at 05:19 PM
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p.1 #16 · D7000 or D2x


High density sensor needs better technique as minute imperfections can show up in the image @100% pixelpeep...


Mar 19, 2011 at 06:34 PM
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p.1 #17 · D7000 or D2x


Thursday slr,
What I mean by is, when I took images while steadying myself against a wall, held my breadth & was extra cautious my images came out really great on D7000, I had D2x & also shoot often with my Hasselblad H series. Now when I take a quick photo where composition is important, than there may have been a slight shake, as D7000 shutter one needs a little more pressure to shoot, while D2x shutter is sensitive to touch. One can shoot either with mirror up or in Q mode in D7000 that should help. One just gets used to the shutter feel in D7000, it is just different than D2x, though I shoot with 17-55 on D2x & D7000 & also 105 vr, they r great on both. So IMHO D7000 is great, peeps who make quick opinions without analyzing the results do short change its ability, D7000's DR at low ISO, high ISO, HD movie & lighter weight, is worth its money, every penny. Just practice with critical eye.
Either way you can't go wrong, as I have fond memories of D2x, but I thought it was time to let go.
Shawn



Mar 19, 2011 at 07:30 PM
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p.1 #18 · D7000 or D2x


smithcottage: Thank you kindly. I found your blog's comparisons helpful.


Mar 20, 2011 at 06:57 AM
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p.1 #19 · D7000 or D2x


countcatula wrote:
Thank you sjms! Cheers mate \o/ (Didn't know about that website either, now more ways to waste...invest my time )


absolutely!



Mar 20, 2011 at 11:34 AM
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p.1 #20 · D7000 or D2x


This is a difficult decision: I am using both (among others) but I now pick the D7000 almost every time above the D2x, because of the high ISO performance, the resolution, the much better display and an interesting feature: the D7000 is very quiet compared to the pro bodies. I also find the AutoWB more reliable.
I am even using the D7000 for assignments now, it is my best DX camera, and I even like the user interface (a bit like the D70 I used a lot a few years ago). My ideal camera would be a D7000 in a D2x/D3 body.

Guy



Mar 20, 2011 at 08:03 PM
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