A New Era…. In Photography

Photos by MJ Klein

We bought a new camera recently – the Nikon D7000.  Our Nikon D80 is showing it’s age and it was time for an upgrade after 6 years.  We tend to keep and use our equipment for a long time, so when we upgrade it makes sense for us to buy premium products that will last.

Nikon D7000

We’re using the Sigma lens we bought several years ago as it works very well with this camera and has Optical Stabilization.

Of course we have some test shots for you!

A New Era In Photography

The D7000 has auto-ISO like all upper end Nikon DSLRs.  This shot was taken by the light of the streetlight and auto-ramped up to ISO 6400 (which is the maximum for auto ISO) (Editors Note: ISO 6400 is the out-of-the-box setting.  You can set the D7000 for auto-ISO up to 28,000 in the setup menu).  For a streetlight photo, the white-balance is pretty good I would say.

A New Era In Photography

Everyone knows that I love night shots, and clearly this rig can handle low light situations very well.

A New Era In Photography

Believe it or not, the focus locked on this subject.  Amazing!

A New Era In Photography

Compare this night shot with the one below:

A New Era In Photography

Razor sharp!

A New Era In Photography

A New Era In Photography

I’m still making adjustments because the colors aren’t popping yet.  I don’t post-process; I get the shots I want right out of the camera.  I’ll have it adjusted the way I like soon enough and the colors will be bright just like I had the D80 setup.

So, what do you think of these test shots?

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    1. hi Carolyn. to tell you the truth, the quality is better than i was expecting. the D7000 is a giant leap forward in digital imaging. thanks and take care.

  1. That’s some serious gear. Makes our D3100 look pretty basic in comparison. 🙂

    During our vacation there were a lot of opportunities to compare the quality of the DSLR and the smart phones. Makes you realize just how much better a proper camera is, but also how much more convenient it is to use the phone …

    Now I’m thinking of getting an “eye-fi” and maybe make better use of the DSLR with that. (eye-fi is basically a combination of SDHC memory card and wifi adapter, so you can tether your camera to your phone with that.) I don’t have any experience with it yet, but thought I’d pass it one – maybe it’s of interest.

    1. Stefan, the D3100 is nothing to sneeze about. you can take the same great photos with that model too. with all of them though, you have to play around with the settings to get them where you want them for the best picture quality. i have yet to play around with one of those eye-fi cards, but the possibilities sound interesting! take care.

    1. hi Johnny. the D7000 is the top of the Nikon DX heap. the D800 is an FX format and i didn’t want to have to buy new glass just for that. i don’t really need an FX format camera. besides, the D7000 is faster and is actually a better camera, feature wise. thanks Johnny, and hope to see you back in Taiwan soon!

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