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    looking to updgrade DSLR

    I have a nikon d40 with the kit lens but lately i have been wanting a camera that has a quicker fps and allows for quicker changing of settings, and a higher mp count would be ncie as well.

    I have been looking at the d7000 and think it would make a great camera ifi got the 18-200 vrII and the 35mm 1.8 prime. any thoughts on this

    any other cameras that i should be taking a look at? Thanks

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    Sounds like my past set-ups. I started with the d40 and kits lens. Then I went to the d7000 with 35mm 1.8 and 70-200mm 2.8. Now I have the d600 with 50mm 1.8 and the 70-200mm. Now I have to sell the d7000 and the 35mm. The d7000 is an excellent camera if it doesn't have the back focus issue. I had my camera re-calibrated to correct this issue. I focused on wildlife and youth sports. The 35mm is an excellent choice for the d7000.

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    Depends a lot on what you want to do, I'm noticing (and am in a way not very happy about) a trend by the big companys pushing tech and features in the point and shoot market that are passing (all most) dslr's and their a lot cheaper! So if your budget is small i wouldn't overlook them as if you buy an expensive dslr and keep it 2 yrs only to find you can buy a point and shoot for 1/4 or less than you paid for the dslr whats it gonna be worth?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smw72 View Post
    Sounds like my past set-ups. I started with the d40 and kits lens. Then I went to the d7000 with 35mm 1.8 and 70-200mm 2.8. Now I have the d600 with 50mm 1.8 and the 70-200mm. Now I have to sell the d7000 and the 35mm. The d7000 is an excellent camera if it doesn't have the back focus issue. I had my camera re-calibrated to correct this issue. I focused on wildlife and youth sports. The 35mm is an excellent choice for the d7000.
    What exactly was the back focus issue? Why not keep your d7000 as a backup camera? cant wait to upgrade. I like the d40 and will probably keep it for bike rides and what not. thanks for the response.

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    The D7000 does have some focusing issues, which is covered under warranty. I forgot if the D7000 has AF fine tune, which could remedy the back focusing issue, but if it's out of the AF fine tune adjustment, you'll need to send the body in for a recal.

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    In re: the original question....

    Instead of the 18-200 VR2, which is a decent lens, I would recommend the following lens setup for what I shoot(portraits, sports, and general walk around)

    a used Nikon 80-200mm f2.8d af-d - 2 ring version or try the Nikon 24-120mm f4 VR2
    Nikon 35mm 1.8 DX

    What it comes down to is what will you be using the camera the most, that will determine what we would recommend for focal length in lenses.

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    Also check out the new D5200. Its a newer camera than the D7000. It might have some advantages. I had a D7000 with the 18-200 for a long time. It was a great combo. I think the D7000 is about go get updated. Prices on the D7000 are really good right now though.

    Check out the D5200. It has the same focus and metering systems as the D7000.

    Nikon D5200 vs D7000 - Our Analysis

    Nikon D5200 vs. D5100 vs. D7000: which should I buy? - National Photography | Examiner.com

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    I use the D7000. and love it. I would like to upgrade to a full frame if money would allow, a D800 would be sweet... but 3200 bucks, I think not! good luck
    And yes, I am on my way to an ass kickin contest

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    Well, it depends how much budget you are planning to invest. I'm a Canon guy. If you plan to get Canon gears below are my recommendation:

    1. Canon 5DM3 (body)
    2. Canon 24-70mm f2.8 L or Canon 24-105mm f4 L (lens)
    3. Canon 70-200mm f2.8 L or Canon 70-200mm f4 L (lens)
    4. Canon 580EX II (flash)

    It should be good enough for you to take some decent photos. Hope this helps

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    The D7000 is an outstanding camera I use one secondary to my D800. D90's are good and can be found very cheap. Take the money you save and put it towards a better lens.

    I will also toss the Canon 60D out there. I found that the cheap Canon lens such as EF 50mm f/1.8 are pretty fantastic and combined with the 60D are a great package. To me the inexpensive Nikon lens are not quite as good. I had the Canon for nearly a year and recently gave it to my niece with a few lenses. The Canon is also a bit more intuitive. I love the moveable screen and the "Q" menu.

    I was making the switch to Canon but the day job bought me the D800 for my 25th anniversary on the job.

    BTW Costco offers some great kit prices on both the Nikons and Canons mentioned here.


    Lastly as much as I love the D800 to me and my use it's not worth twice the cost of the D7000. Good lenses would have been a better choice but I wont complain.

    The D600 is great too.

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    I would go a lightly used Nikon D300s.......The autofocus is excellent and has decent low light performance....I have 16x20's printed that were taken at ISO1600 and you cant tell. The lens' I use are all nikons 10-24, 24-70 2.8,70-300vr, 50 1.8.

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    I bought a Canon T3i with 18-55mm lens off the Canon Direct web site - its refurbished. I looked at both Canon and Nikon, both are great cameras.

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