The Nikon D5000 was a great beginner’s camera, if you know what you are doing then it has all the tools to provide you with the same quality images you can get with any $2000 or $3000 Nikon or Canon. There were a list of nagging absences that grated on me from the beginning and they were the reason why I chose to go ahead and get a d7000.
So here goes
- The lack of a depth of field preview button. This proved entirely frustrating as I had couple of manual focus lenses and I had no way of knowing what was in focus when I chose to go higher than f4
- No dedicated ISO button, this was a major problem as d5000 had really great ISO performance but in order to change ISO you had to g into the menu list and select them.
- Bracketing and file type also needed menu diving and could not be changed without taking the eye off the viewfinder.
So when the D7000 came out I snatched one immediately, in fact the last one from the first batch Nikon sent to NH, I had to hunt through 3 Ritz camera shops to get one. I also acquired a dedicated wide angle lens around that time and my shots truly started to have some impact and shooting was a breeze. The ergonomics of the D7000 were spot on especially the new focus mode selector and I particularly enjoyed the dedicated button for various functions and user defined shooting modes. I still had couple of gripes about it but all in all it was a great camera for an enthusiast. Below are some of my nitpickings about the Nikon D7000.
- Back of the viewfinder is too close to the screen and you will be squishing your nose into the 3” display.
- ISO performance was not as big as a jump as I hoped from the 12mp sensor to the 16 mp one.
- I would have preferred a bit more wider grip as it gets tiring after a while when you are using a heavier lens.
As you can see I am seriously nitpicking here and the D7000 was truly a worthy successor to the legendary D90. FHFEMNVNXV62