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02/28/2013 09:53:36 AM · #1
I would like to ask all of the Nikon users out there for opinions. I have been a D70 user for quite a while and I am finally ready to upgrade to a new model. I want to know opinions on the best current model to buy that is comparable in features and options to the D70. I'm not so concerned with the price, but the higher end models are still out of my reach. I have read some reviews on the D3200 and it seems as though that is a lower-end option that still retains the semi-pro quality that I want.

Nikon has certainly expanded their line, so I would like to know what opinions you might have to offer on what my next purchase should be.

Thanks in advance!

Dave

Message edited by author 2013-02-28 09:54:08.
02/28/2013 09:58:30 AM · #2
I would probably go with the D7000 as it still has the 1.5 crop and the focus motor like the D70. I don't think the D3200 has the focus motor in the camera.
02/28/2013 10:04:30 AM · #3
I would go with the D7000. The D3200 is still very entry level, and you will "grow-out" of it very quickly.
02/28/2013 10:09:51 AM · #4
Originally posted by bmartuch:

I would probably go with the D7000 as it still has the 1.5 crop and the focus motor like the D70. I don't think the D3200 has the focus motor in the camera.


+1

Perfect moment to get it since there's a brand new D7100 out now ;)
02/28/2013 10:58:40 AM · #5
Hands down D7000...you will be amazed with the upgrade...I'm still in awe and I came from a D80
02/28/2013 11:56:16 AM · #6
Is the D600 in your reach? Because that's the cheapest full frame. Plus, if you've used crop frame enough, its time to move on to a full frame. I've heard lots of awesome things from D600 users. If not D600, then yes, go for the D7000.
02/28/2013 12:01:54 PM · #7
Originally posted by romil:

Is the D600 in your reach? Because that's the cheapest full frame. Plus, if you've used crop frame enough, its time to move on to a full frame. I've heard lots of awesome things from D600 users. If not D600, then yes, go for the D7000.


I have both. If you need super high ISO performances, get it, otherwise D7000 can be enough and you can get cheaper lenses for ASP-C sensor. Moreover D600 still suffer of sensor dust issues (mine included) so maybe it's not the right moment to buy it.
02/28/2013 02:06:03 PM · #8
The best bang for buck out there is the D7000. A big upgrade from the D70, for an amazing price.

You can go full frame, but your costs will increase *a lot*, because you'll end up buying lenses, too.
02/28/2013 02:33:34 PM · #9
Depending on your budget I suggest exploring the D7100.
02/28/2013 02:37:51 PM · #10
Originally posted by alfresco:

Depending on your budget I suggest exploring the D7100.


IMO not an interesting improvement of D7000
02/28/2013 03:52:49 PM · #11
Originally posted by Alexkc:

Originally posted by alfresco:

Depending on your budget I suggest exploring the D7100.


IMO not an interesting improvement of D7000


I personally would get the D7100 for two reasons. First, I'd be using it for wildlife, and 24Mp is significantly more pixels on animal. Second, the D7100 has a much nicer autofocus system.

But, I suspect whitetiger is on a tight budget, and the D7000 is a great camera for less money, especially if he buys used.
02/28/2013 05:01:58 PM · #12
I had 2 D70 that I loved for many years.

I shot professionaly with them for about 3 to 4 years until I've upgraded one to the D300 but still kept the other until I finally bought the D700.

If you like the D70 and are really used to it, anything less than the D7000 will be a kind of a downgrade in therms of handling, despite in terms of sensor you will get a better performer with the D3200.

The D7000 will be a killer at this time because the price should be droping as the new D7100 starts to hit the stores and they want to get rid of onld models to be able to sell the new ones at a more premium price.

Froma a person that came from 6MP the 16 of the D7000 will be more than enough and the andling will be simillar to some extend, with a lot better performance.

Hope this helps.
02/28/2013 05:37:28 PM · #13
I'd go 7100. The 600 involves heavier lenses. In fact, I'm pretty sure I'll be buying a 7100. I am not happy with the idea of heavier lenses...I bought the D600 for the 24 MP ... but the 7100 is better for landscapes, without a AA filter, and lighter lenses!

I'll no doubt have a 7000 to sell too.

(Also, if you're interested in used, PM me, I definitely have a D90 to sell)

Message edited by author 2013-02-28 17:38:20.
02/28/2013 05:48:16 PM · #14
Hands down D7000.....
02/28/2013 06:05:38 PM · #15
I have a D7000 now, and have owned in the past - D: 50,40,200 & 300s. If the D7100 does indeed have a better AF system of 51 areas (which by specs it does) I would go for it. I miss the AF system I had on the D300s with my D7000 (39 af areas), but generally love everything else.

Edited for this: In terms of handling, the D7000 does have all the external controls you would want or are used to, some might just be in a different spot. The only "handling" issue then would be if you don't like a smaller/lighter camera body. I have the Nikon Battery pack on my D7000 and it brings it up to size and makes it last for ever.... without it, it does seem very small for my hands - but still a great DX.

Message edited by author 2013-02-28 18:08:34.
02/28/2013 06:22:52 PM · #16
This discussion has me researching a new camera body now (the D7000 as suggested by so many!) I also have a very old D70 which isn't working right anymore and I am not sure I want to pony up for the repair when I could put that money toward a new body instead.
02/28/2013 08:02:18 PM · #17
I'm pretty sure I've never seen such strong agreement in the forums here before. It has me thinking I should go buy a D7000 myself.

02/28/2013 08:21:10 PM · #18
Originally posted by Ann:

I'm pretty sure I've never seen such strong agreement in the forums here before. It has me thinking I should go buy a D7000 myself.

I hope you also noticed that there are those of us with FF Nikons, also with history (I've had the D70s, D200, D2x, & D7000).

The D7000 is just one of those virtually perfect cameras that simply does everything well and is a delight to use.
02/28/2013 08:28:51 PM · #19
Would now be a great time to switch to Cannon?
02/28/2013 08:30:29 PM · #20
Originally posted by David Ey:

Would now be a great time to switch to Cannon?

If you're going to be such a dork, at least spell it right......Canon
02/28/2013 08:34:03 PM · #21
I used my "smartphone" to spill it :)
02/28/2013 08:35:17 PM · #22
Originally posted by Ann:

I'm pretty sure I've never seen such strong agreement in the forums here before. It has me thinking I should go buy a D7000 myself.


I'm telling you it's amazing...
02/28/2013 08:36:32 PM · #23
I used my "smartphone" to spill it :) I guess Samsung spells it that way.
02/28/2013 08:39:36 PM · #24
Originally posted by Ann:

I'm pretty sure I've never seen such strong agreement in the forums here before. It has me thinking I should go buy a D7000 myself.


Originally posted by Ja-9:

I'm telling you it's amazing...

I have to think that sporting a D800, she's being a little tongue-in-cheek. I don't think I've touched my D7000 since getting my D600.

Although I have to agree with Neil about the weight of these FF cameras......I think this darn 28-300 I have on my D600 weighs more than my D7000, 18-200, & battery pack combined! LOL!!!
02/28/2013 08:40:31 PM · #25
Originally posted by David Ey:

I used my "smartphone" to spill it :) I guess Samsung spells it that way.

Methinks your smartphone ain't so smart.......spill it? LOL!!!
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