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New camera – Nikon D7000 DSLR Camera with 18-200mm VR II lens

After 4 days of research and deliberations I purchased a new camera today. That’s my new baby up there.

I went with the Nikon D7000 digital SLR Camera with AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II lens. It also came packaged with an SD card, bag, and a few other goodies. Costco had them for $250 off until tomorrow. I’m glad I went and made my purchase today though as their online store sold out today and many of the stores have sold out as well. Amazon has a similar deal with even more extras for about $1,200 here.

As this is my first DSLR I can’t really compare it fairly. All I can say is wow! Maybe I’d say the same with an entry level DSLR, but this thing really smokes. We had poor weather today, but my test shots still came out great. Normally I have to really work hard to get a shot right, but with the D7000 it seems to just do everything perfect for you. The auto focus is so good and so fast. It blew me away.

The feel and sound is so nice. My P&S cameras now seem so cheap and error prone. That said, size and weight wise the D7000 is a beast. Lugging it around all day does not seem like it will be fun for long.

I’ll post some comparison shots and other feedback once I’ve messed around with it a bit more. For now, photos on this blog will still be with my old cameras. Photos with the D7000 won’t appear here until my European adventures this summer. I will soon start posting photos on my other blog with the D7000 though.

One Response to “New camera – Nikon D7000 DSLR Camera with 18-200mm VR II lens”

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    You got a great camera ! Yep it’s heavy and definitely doesn’t fit in the pocket, but it’s quality and features are superb. This is, in my opinion, the dslr with the best quality/price ratio at the moment, and I’m a canon guy 😉 .

    Just one little recommendation. The neck straps that come bundled with these cameras are really bad. I use a Kata strap and love it, black rapid straps are also quite good when not using a tripod. There are other brands but I don’t have experience with them, but really, replace the nikon one, I couldn’t believe the difference such a simple thing could do.