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Upgrade D70's to D7000? What are your thoughts?

Cory Reynolds , Jun 23, 2011; 09:47 p.m.

I have a nikon D70's which i've had for over 6 years now. I want to upgrade to a new camera. I have read a lot about the Nikon D7000. I got to hold and check the camera out last weekend. It felt good in my hands. What are your thoughts one this camera? I know others will compare this to the D300s. Which camera is better? I know there are pros & cons for each camera. If you own this camera, what is your review of the D7000? Right now i am having problems with my D70's right now with Err always comes on when i put a memory card in the camera. Could my cards be corructed? I take pictures of family, friends, landscape, & i help a friend with wedding photography too. Thanks for all your thoughts & ideas.



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Robert Landrigan , Jun 23, 2011; 09:57 p.m.

From the D70/D70s, the D7000 is....well, pretty durn nice:) I went from a D80 to my D7000, and I've never been happier with a camera purchase, ever. It ties with the joy of my first bought for me with my own money EOS A2 :) Seriously, every single thing about the camera is better, except the flash sync. But the LCD panel, controls, menus, battery life, flash options, handling, construction - all worth the money. And then you get the sensor. It's a liberating moment when you realize how much more you can do. Your cards may indeed be bad, or the little plastic guides that keep the contacts separate may have gotten damaged, and are blocking one or more.

Kent Staubus , Jun 23, 2011; 10:44 p.m.

The D7000 just might be Nikon's best camera for the money right now. I'll think you will see a big difference all the way around. You are jumping three generations.

Kent in SD

Gary Nakayama , Jun 23, 2011; 10:47 p.m.

Have you tried FORMATTING the CF cards in the camera? That will sometimes "fix" card problems.
Also have you tried buying a new card, might be the old cards have gotten "flakey" and need to be replaced.
BTW, is the camera OFF when you insert the new card?

Owen O'Meara , Jun 23, 2011; 10:48 p.m.

The d70 was my first venture away from film and I fell in loveIt is a tank and it still makes great images. For the last three years I have been using a d300 and I love it as well. It is also a tank. I bought a d7000 while waiting for a d400 to come down the road and I am in love again. It lacks the high fps of the 300 but it has been fantastic otherwise. Most of my work is available light and studio work and the high ISO capabilities of the camera are wonderful and with the battery pack on the bottom it almost reaches the stability of the d300. The resolution is wonderful and you quickly get used to the feel of the camera in your hands. The build is not the same as the 300 but I don't treat a camera roughly. In short, it is worth more that what I paid for it and I would buy it again in a minute.

Bruce Brown , Jun 23, 2011; 11:46 p.m.

Cory: You will be VERY HAPPY with a D7000.

Stan Krol , Jun 23, 2011; 11:54 p.m.

I recently went through the same process of upgrading from a D70s and was torn between the D7000, D300 and D300s. It really depends on what you most need the camera to do. If you want video capability, the choice seems clearly the D7000. While the D7000 has an excellent AF section, the D300 and D300s seem to be a little better. This is especially true in low light and if you are using the screw drive lenses. However, if you are often shooting in low light, the D7000 seems to have the advantage.

Since I really needed a top AF system and don't care about video (and the price was right), I picked up a lightly used D300. Money may be another factor. The D300 can be had lightly used for about $850 vs $1200 for a new D7000 or $1400 for a new D300s. Anyway, I am extremely pleased going from the D70s to the D300.

Michael Kohan , Jun 24, 2011; 02:30 a.m.

I also just moved up from two five year old D70s bodies to two D300s. I thought about the D7000, but very quickly decided no because I didn't like the preset dial on the top left that I so often nudged to the wrong setting on the D70s, and I wanted the fast frame rate and better auto focus of the D300s. I bought factory refurbs at Adorama for $1250 US.

Allan Armstrong , Jun 24, 2011; 03:23 a.m.

Upgrading a D70, you've got 2 decisions:

  • FX or DX -- big step up in cost, may require upgrading lenses depending on what you have
  • which DX body -- D7000 or D300 or even D90

D7000 has the best sensor. D300 has better AF and better buffer depth. D90 is cheapest. D300 and D90 sensor is better than D70 in low light.
Given you are shooting friends, family, landscape, wedding, and not sports, I would chose the D7000. If budget is an issue, used D90s should be getting cheap.
If you were shooting sports, you could agonize about D7000 vs. D300, but given D300 is long in the tooth, I might just wait for D400.
D7000 sounds like an excellent choice!

ralph oshiro , Jun 24, 2011; 06:02 a.m.

Cory said:

Right now i am having problems with my D70's right now with Err always comes on when i put a memory card in the camera.

The Nikon D70/D70s have a memory interface board problem that Nikon knows about (my personal D70 has the same problem with memory cards). It's been reported that Nikon will replace this board at no charge, even if your camera is out of warranty (which obviously, every D70/D70s is!). I keep meaning to take my D70 to Nikon as well.

Oh, yeah. And, buy the D7000!

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