My 1st posting
I have an old Nikon FM with 75-150 series e zoom, 55mm macro, 28mm lens, 35mm PC lens (hardly used), x2 nikon convertor, reversing ring for the lens & mount to put my x20 busnell spotting scope on the FM body(useless). Amazing what you buy when young and not married (1980's)
Now looking very hard at the D90 with 18-200 vr or D90 with 18-105 & 55-200 deals.
But D7000 is now in the mix!
Will use for good family photos (& movies) and travel (buildings / landscape etc.) I am not an expert but do appreciate good photos.
So D90 deal for $1800 - 2000 budget or wait for D7000 and assuming over $2k
D90 or D7000 with old film lenses(5 posts) (4 voices)
My 1st posting
wait for the d7000, to be reviewed. But, looking at the performance so far, would say go for the d7000. If video is important d7000 might be the way to go (d90 video sucks).
Video, not all that important - guessing 30 second clips at most and I do understand the no auto focus on D90.
Yes d7000 has been written up as a big jump in specification.
I guess will wait and hopefully some good prices on both bodies will be offered. D90 seemed to be a good quality mid range DSLR about a month ago, so I guess it still is good value. But if the D7000 body is only $200-300 more then it could be worth the extra.
Does anyone think the use of the manual lenses will be worth keeping - The 75-150 zoom would be a double up on the VR lenses. 28mm lens was bought for internal room shots but with the x1.5 internal convertor this means it will be just a fast 34mm
You could use the manual lenses but metering and AF obviously would not work. I have talked to many who like using the manual lenses with the video.
I have used the D90 a lot for both still and video. It is a very good camera. I have recently begun to look very carefully at 18-105VR and 18-200VR lens versus the 16-85 and the 70-300VR for quality. I now think the 16-85 and 70-300VR is a better way for me to go. I shoot a lot with 18-200VR and 18-105VR and feel that for me those lens are invariably softer than the 16-85 and 70-300VR and this is based on shooting two D90s with both lens and also shooting a lot with the D300. Personally I'd still rate the D300 as superior to the D90 for stills. It does lack the video. Video on the D90 is for my use a shortfall and the more I use it the less satisfied I am with it. It has so many shortfalls in video that I simply do not favor that mode now much at all. The D300s which I have been in the field with I do believe in video to be a step up from the D90 video, and the D300s I believe better as a still camera. I am buying the D7000 which shows my assessment of that camera. If the D300s gets updated or the D700 I think that camera will be closer to what I look for than the D7000. I feel the features on the D7000 are awesome but again don't own that. Personally if I were buying it i'd get it with a 16-85VR as a kit lens or go body alone and get the lens I want.
I am looking at reviews on the 16-35VR Nikkor and although a bigger lens have decided that may be the lens I'd rather have. That is an f4 lens capable of FX and on DX gets very high ratings. I also know if I got a 16-35mmVR I'd test it loads before my return period was up as one reviewer rated the lens he got as unacceptable and it seems he got a bad lens. I really believe that lens make a camera body work better and that is why I shoot Nikon. A view camera film guy shooting on 4x5 yesterday, a pro I know, said he thinks his large format Nikkors are his best view camera lens. I was also stunned at his lack of speed and spot metering glitches that made me certain my view camera days are very over. Give me a Nikon DSLR for speed and accuracy. I wish Landscape Photographer form NR had been able to see his results in the same location with his Nikon DSLRs which at only 12 megapixels he feels is under gunned compared to the results on 4x5. If I were still shooting film I would most want to return to shoot with panoramic as that does have significant advantages.
TaoTeJared's comment above on manual lenses on video is I am sure right. One drawing card on the D7000 though is the promise of AF during video and although I'd try it both ways I would want that AF operation ability so having recent Nikkors that could handle that would be my path.
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