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Flying out of El Nido Airport!

I found myself in El Nido, Palawan and needing to fly back to Manila right away. The airport that is close by is privately owned and used by an airline owned by one of the resorts. The only other option that I had was a seven hour journey back to Puerto Princesa (which I didn’t have the time). Read more

Nikon D7000 is the the best camera for most people!

I know it is a few years old. I know the ISO does not perform like the Nikon D4s. I know it only shoots 16MP. I know all that but I also know it is still probably the best camera for most people. This is especially true if you are starting out in photography and just want a very solid system, Nikon D7000 is still the go to model.

To be completely transparent, I think the Nikon D800 (that I use) is the best camera on the market but it is more power and more pricy that most photographer have a need for. Unless you are doing high end work, the Nikon D7000 is by far the way to go.

I realize that we are two generations out from it now but in reality, there is little that the Nikon D7200 can do that the Nikon D7000 can’t in most cases. Yes, it is easier to auto-bracket and yea, you can do timelapse in the camera plus a few other things. However, for the average photographer; it is basically the same camera. It is just a little older and doesn’t have the Megapixel count.

The case for Nikon D7000

If you was to tell me you wanted to use the Nikon D40, I would agree but not with the D7k. The reasons that I would make the case is reputation, build and economics.

Let’s face it, it is one of the most respected and probably one of the most sold cameras that Nikon has ever made. At one point, they are selling over 50,000 a day and it is still the Nikon most used to load images to Flickr. It is used more than even the much cheaper Nikon D3200 (which is a great starter camera by the way). For what it is worth, over 2,500 photographer load images from the D7k on Flickr every day.

One reason that I believe the camera is still selling like hot cakes is the build. I have one that is over 220,000 and the sensors (and shutter) is still kicking. That is alot of images and it has been through hell and back. Ok, maybe not hell but it has been to Iraq, Israel, Mindanao and about 50 other countries. To say it is still kicking is saying something. To compare, my Sony mirrorless camera quit three months into its life.

Lastly, anyone looking at cameras has to look at the economies of it. People do not have unlimited budget until your name is Trump, Gates, or Buffet. The rest of us have to factor in the cost of the camera. You can now get a great second hand model for at little as $300. That means the money you save can be used to picked up a good piece of glass to put it front of it. It is also wise to invest in glass over bodies.

To be honest, I will probably be picking up a few of them just to do video with. They are great for that and they output 1080p just like the newer models do. If you are doing 24p or 30p (most people are) shooting with an older model is meaningless.

Understand your needs

While it is true that the newer Nikon D7200 does alot of things better, are they things you will need. ISO is much better on the new offering but how often do you shoot over 3200? If most of your shoots, as mine are, are in the 800 and under range; that is a pointless discussion.

The same is true of the megapixels. If you are just posting them on Facebook that compressing them; shooting at 16MP is more than enough. When making videos using Adobe Premiere Pro, it is downsized to 1920×1080 so that 16MP shot is more than enough. Only commercial photography would it matter to be honest.

The main needs that would require the stepping up to the D7100 or D7200 would be on the video side, doing commercial photography, HDR photography and doing alot of timelapse. If none of these apply, getting the old Nikon D7000 and picking up a higher quality lens is the smarter move.

The bottom line

As with any decision, fiqure out what you want and watch (and read) as many reviews as you can about whatever system you are looking at. This is just the opinion of Peter Vandever! I have used the camera for several years and highly recommend it but what works for me might not work for you.