Friday, September 17, 2010

D7000 Shakes Things up a Little

Well, it's been a busy week on the interweb forums. It's pointless repeating the news here, there are so many other sources to catch up on D7000 news. However, there were three big surprises included in Nikon's newest camera -
  • Focus fine tuning
  • True mirror lock-up
  • AIS Metering
Up until now, all three of these features were used to differentiate Nikon's pro camera's from their consumer cameras. You can either read this to mean that the next generation (potential D400) will be even more spec'd than the D7000, or that the D7000 is the replacement for the D300s. However, in terms of used equipment, the D7000 -
  • Pushes down the value of the D90. This is given, however, used prices were already drifting down in the summer. Expect retail price to remain firm and supply to be short for the D7000 up through Christmas. Potential used D90 buyers are out there, and will likely be people moving up from the D40-D3000 cameras. The enthusiast users, however, will be salivating at the D7000.
  • Pushes down the value of the D300s and D300. This one was really unexpected two weeks ago. Even though the D300s is a more substantial camera with even more functionality, the D7000 is entirely relevant to the semi-pro market today (think weekend wedding shooters). This makes the D300 a real bargain on the used market. Prices were drifting down through the summer, and it's possible now to get one on the used market for $1,000 or less here in Vancouver. If you don't need the HD video, and you don't print larger than 14" by 11", then a lightly used D300 is a camera that will see see lots of useful life. The key is "lightly used"... these are real workhorse cameras and those that make a living off of them aren't shy about using them.
  • Preserves the value of AIS lenses. Hurray, manual focus lenses are relevant again! Once the domain of the pro cameras, now average Joe can finally meter with non-AF lenses without having to fiddle around in "M" mode. Although there are some real gems from the AIS era, don't expect these lenses to inflate much in value. Today's lenses are optically superior to the old glass, but there those ld lenses that just aren't made today. Like the 50mm f/1.2 AIS for example.
  • Slightly pushes down the value of the D700. This is bold statement to make, as these cameras speak to two different user groups. However, A lot of people in the D80/D90 camp have been waiting to go full frame, lusting for an affordable D700. With the highly spec'd D7000 arriving, those people (myself included) will be thinking twice, reducing the demand on the D700. Think about it this way if you are a wedding shooter.... if you aren't pushing out to ISO 6400, the D7000 will offer similar (albeit, likely not as good) quality up to ISO 1600, and will have HD video for clients wanting cinematography. And shoots at higher resolution. Pause for thought, right?

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