Nikon D7000

If it weren't for the D7000's annoying tendency to overexpose certain kinds of images, I think I could honestly say there is not a single digital frame I've ever taken that wouldn't look better if I had shot it with my Nikon D7000. The D7000 is a formidable photographic tool, capable of handling nearly every professional need imaginable—in fact not merely handling (more...)

— July 20, 2011

Andy Lewicky is the author and creator of SierraDescents

ScottP August 1, 2011 at 6:39 pm

IS that weight body only or did you list it with the kit lens? And what glass were you using?

Andy August 1, 2011 at 6:54 pm

Scott, that's body only. I am primarily using the 18-105mm lens, which does have a reputation as being one of Nikon's weaker lenses, but I've been pleased with it. Definitely Photoshop's new auto lens correction filter (in Camera Raw) makes it easier to live with less than flawless lenses, but even with no correction, the lens has been okay. certainly comparable to the 18-70. Maybe I got one of the better iterations.

That said, this sensor begs to be paired with primes...

Andy August 1, 2011 at 6:57 pm

One more comment: in my head-to-head tests, the D7000 absolutely and dramatically outperformed the new D5100, even though they supposedly use the same sensor and image processor.

ScottP August 2, 2011 at 6:35 pm

Photoshop's lens correction filter is good, but that 18-105 still just had too much vignetting for my tastes, not to mention a disgraceful maximum aperture at full tele. I still think that the 18-70mm 3.5-4.5 IF lens was far superior and one of the finest consumer lenses ever made. The vignetting was minimal and it was sharp throughout the range with a great max aperture for the cost and size. I was very disappointed when Nikon discontinued it, it means that it my current one breaks getting a replacement is going to be tough. Sigh.

Andy August 3, 2011 at 5:14 pm

Scott, maybe Nikon subtly improved the 18-105 since it was first released. I could send you a few samples--to my eye, mine looks pretty much equal to the 18-70.