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Uh, oh - I'm feeling that new camera urge...

Posted 09-15-2010 at 12:22 AM by CJ Swartz
Updated 09-15-2010 at 01:08 AM by CJ Swartz

I am quite happy with my Nikon D40, and have not outgrown it yet, I fear, although I am trying. There are things that the D40 cannot do (auto-focus with lenses that are not AF-S), and I have relied on AF to help my tired eyes for years. I have tried to manual focus my 50mm AF lens, and I can get close... sometimes. The D40 cannot bracket shots - but I could change settings myself (puff, puff, perspire) and help it along to create files for HDR processing. The ISO range is more limited than I would like, and there are some other areas that could chafe my photographic sensibilities if I expand those sensibilities. I am taking a photography class, and am trying to improve my skills.

But, of course, what truly has happened is the announcement of the new Nikon D7000 -- a delicious looking piece of photo gear from its magnesium alloy skeleton and its 39 focus points to its expanded ISO range of 100-6400 [up to 25,600 ISO extended], new sensor, and dual slots for memory cards - and only a teensy bit heavier than the D90. Of course, it's also more expensive, and I have yet to earn a dime off my photography. But that is logic, and there's time for that later. Now is the time for desire, fantasy wishing, and camera lust. It's good for the economy. Yeah, that's the ticket !

Chase Jarvis - D7000 Road Test
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    Nasturtium's Avatar
    This has been quite a week so far with the announcement of Dell's 10" hybrid and Samsung's NX100, and now this. :-)
    Posted 09-15-2010 at 11:33 PM by Nasturtium Nasturtium is offline
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    CJ Swartz's Avatar
    My attention had been riveted on the Nikon, so I hadn't even heard about the Dell hybrid - that looks pretty cool, depending on how good the screen display works. I'm glad to see some innovation happening here in the U.S. Now I have to go search info on the Samsung...
    Posted 09-16-2010 at 09:52 AM by CJ Swartz CJ Swartz is offline
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    Well C.J. it is nearly christmas lol
    oh and you are not on your own I too have spotted another camera ( not quite the same league mind you )
    Now all we need to do is win the lottery ( or the equivalent for you )
    Posted 09-16-2010 at 12:46 PM by palms palms is offline
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    CJ Swartz's Avatar
    Palms - what are you looking at in a new camera? We have the lottery here also, but I'm lousy at number choices...

    Well, I've pretty well talked myself out of saving for the D7000 (as yummy as it is) because of the cost, and the weight. It's not much heavier than the d90, but I have always thought the D90 was a bit too heavy for me. After reading about the D7000, I went to look at the D90 again, and it is really at the limit (or probably over the limit) of what I can easily hand-hold. My preference is hand-holding (at higher ISOs if necessary to reduce motion blur) rather than using my tripod whenever possible.
    The class I've been taking is showing me how much physical effort would be involved in on-location pet portraiture (I knew it, but actually working on assignments presses the point deep into my brain!), and reinforces my belief that hand-holding is necessary. There's always a chance that Nikon might upgrade the D5000 in ways that would meet my desires, and in a lighter body - so I'll wait until spring and see what happens next.
    Posted 09-18-2010 at 03:28 PM by CJ Swartz CJ Swartz is offline
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    Well i thought my fuji finepix s5800 would be it, etc but when i had a look around the new fuji's have more zoom so i got to thinking how that would get closer wildlife shots, also you can shoot in raw (which it seems lots are using) etc you know just trying to justify wanting a new camera lol
    for me i think the fuji's are as far as i want to go. and i still dont use it to its full capabilities
    I did look at other similar cameras but when i thought about it i like the fuji, so will continue to wish down that road ( and just noticed they are coming down in price, thank goodness for progress it sure brings the prices down when the next model comes out !)
    but still need to win the lottery and i didnt even come close this week as usual
    Posted 09-19-2010 at 05:30 AM by palms palms is offline
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    Nasturtium's Avatar
    Another busy week;

    this looks like a fun innovative idea;
    Fujifilm X100

    I'm currently lusting after a 4/3rds. This is a new one;

    Samsung NX100

    But I'm sure even if I got absolutely everything on my wish list, that something new would come out the next day. And besides it's takes me ages to learn how anything like this actually works.
    Posted 09-22-2010 at 03:46 AM by Nasturtium Nasturtium is offline
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    Janet Petty's Avatar
    I had quite a chuckle when I read these articles. Camera envy is not isolated to either of you. I admit to having it as well. Sigh!!! Always bigger, better, yada, yada, yada. Oh, and of course, more expensive. Again, sigh!

    On the other hand...

    We only live once. Having just upgraded my Canon for a bigger, better Canon, I can tell you that it was worth the upgrade. I can now crop without too much worry about image degradation, don't have to carry a movie camera as well as a regular camera, and when I need the extra ISO, it is there with better image quality. Did I NEED another camera? No, absolutely not. On the other hand, I'm only going to enjoy my hobby once. I might as well get the most out of it. I'm learning as well as having fun. I'm getting out and about (read-exercising ) and I'm socializing with others who share the same passions about pictures. Upgrading was a stretch for me. The camera is heavier and used to be more difficult to manage without a tripod until I hit upon a couple of helps. I went to the local Wal-Mart and bought a wrist brace, which helps me hold steadier. And I bought a camera strap that looks dorky but has taken all of the weight off my neck and allows me to walk without the camera flopping around on the strap and having to be held all the time.

    Go for it CJ. You won't regret having all of the bells and whistles. Your photography will be happier; you will learn more; you will experiment more; and you will expand your horizons.

    Posted 09-23-2010 at 07:59 AM by Janet Petty Janet Petty is offline
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    CJ Swartz's Avatar
    Janet, I love your enthusiastic reasoning for the upgrade, and will look into your suggestions re: the wrist brace and strap.

    Nancy, I love the retro styling - I have an old film rangefinder that I love just for its looks...
    Posted 09-25-2010 at 12:35 AM by CJ Swartz CJ Swartz is offline
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    Doug Nelson's Avatar
    I just got an email that my D7000 shipped today. I'd never heard of it before your blog post here. Thanks.
    Posted 12-03-2010 at 06:10 PM by Doug Nelson Doug Nelson is offline
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    Doug - I'll be looking forward to hearing your opinion of the camera (I'm not getting it anytime soon ). There will be firmware upgrade very soon to address some complaints about hot pixels during video usage... if you ever use the video. Hope you love it. I'm waiting to see how some other expenses work out, and it there's money left next year - I'll consider it again.
    Posted 12-03-2010 at 09:41 PM by CJ Swartz CJ Swartz is offline
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    D7000 Review by Thom Hogan, noted Nikon authority.

    "Bottom line: the D7000 an excellent consumer camera. Nikon has upped the ante with the D7000 and produced a real winner. It's very hard not to like the camera, and it takes images that ought to be good enough for just about anyone."

    He writes about the photo forum fears about over-exposure and hot pixels - worth a read if you are considering, or bought the camera.
    Posted 12-20-2010 at 09:15 AM by CJ Swartz CJ Swartz is offline
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    Didn't ever buy the D7000, but did buy a second-hand D90 a few months ago and am happy that I did. It allows more custom settings than the D40, auto-focuses the 50mm lens I kept from film days, and delivers images that are at least as good as the D40. I can now bracket shots for HDR - but I haven't done any yet. (!!??) I helped the economy a little bit, but not as much as if I'd bought the D7000 -- which means I hurt my budget less! Now if I can just avoid buying one of those lenses that I keep drooling over...
    Posted 11-07-2011 at 09:36 PM by CJ Swartz CJ Swartz is offline

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