From Canon T3 to Nikon D7000 and beyond

February 08, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

25468_D7000_front About 4 months ago, I sold the Canon T3, rustled up some cash, and moved over to the Nikon D7000, a step up in build quality, performance, and resolution. I've shot in the neighborhood of 3000 images on the new body, and I must say i'm glad I made the switch. Key enhancements for me were: 

  • Two SD slots. Shoot and keep shooting without swapping; or shoot, pull one card out to start uploading photos and keep shooting with the other still in the body. 
  • Speed. I doubled my fps from 3 to 6 fps. The Canon had a lagging 3 fps. 
  • Light metering. This has taken some getting used to. Nikon's cutting edge system, forces me evaluate the lighting in my scene before I shoot. 
  • ISO sensitivity. I get a lot more out of dim pictures. I shoot in manual most times.  So to avoid noise, I have to constantly remind myself to drop the ISO in well lit situations vs, increasing shutter speed or increasing f-stops for a good exposure. 
  • Build quality. The body is built like a tank. It definitely feels more substantial in the hand. I'll need to counterbalance it by adding a battery grip. 
  • LCD. Is bigger and better on the Nikon. 
  • Kit glass. Meh. The 18-55mm that came with the Canon was built like a toy, but for its resolution, the images it produced were pretty sharp. The 18-105mm I got with the Nikon hasn't wowed me, but there are so many more variable to account for just yet, so it's really not a fair comparison. 

All in all, I'm happy I made the switch from a consumer body to body with more pro features. The Canon T3 was definitely a good starter camera that wet the appetite to go pro. When I saw what I could do with that body, I wanted to do more, but the camera just wouldn't let me. It wasn't built for my brand.  So I stepped up. Now it's time to get more work; and supplement the arsenal with more glass, and perhaps a full frame body. 


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