Last April after a loong winter waiting for a Nikon D90 update that just never came, I broke down and sprung for a Canon T2i. Back at Photokina last September Nikon finally announced the D7000, which actually isn’t a D90 replacement. It lives somewhere between the D90 and the awesome D300s. Some of the features even improve on those found on the D300s. I always liked Nikon and thought that’s what I’d end up with, but the more I learn about DSLRs and lenses, the more I think I’ll stick with Canon. The big issue with Nikon — for me, anyway — is the remarkable cost of their lenses. They’re way more money than the top of the line Canon L glass. And with the L glass, you can use it on both full frame and crop sensor Canon DSLRs. That’s pretty appealing, frankly. Nonetheless, I can’t help but pine a little over this tasty D7000, but no more than I’m pining over the new Pentax K5 — another outstanding entry by Pentax. Bottom line, my next camera purchase won’t be a crop sensor DSLR. It’s going to a full frame body, either by Nikon or — most likely — Canon. If you’re interested in a crop sensor DSLR, however, you can’t go wrong with this new Nikon.
So on to the news of the day. I’ve been waiting weeks for dpreview.com to finally post their in-depth review of the new Nikon D7000, and today they finally did, all 22 pages worth. The Nikon is an outstanding choice if you’re looking for a new rig, but then there’s the Canon 7D, which is another remarkable camera. And don’t forget to check out Pentax. That new K5 sounds like a real killer rig and I hear Pentax makes some truly awesome glass. Can’t wait for the in-depth review of that baby, too.
To read the whole D7000 review, visit dpreview.com
For a first-hand owner’s review, I suggest checking out John Grigg’s blog at Entropic Remnants Photography, where he’s posted some amazing high ISO shots with his new D7000.