So I currently have a Nikon D3100 with a Nikon 18-55 f3.5-5.6 and 55-200mm f4-5.6. I got this setup for graduation last year and it has been really good for me since. But as I improve and start taking some more videos I would really like to upgrade my body as well as invest in a higher quality lens that can do it all for me. I have heard of many good things about the d7000 and it seems like a body i can use and grow into for a while. does anyone here use the d7000? how do you like it both for photo and video? also what lens do you guy use with this body? i take about 80% photo and 20% videos by the way
I have a D7000. Really like it for photo and video, but the video is a little more limited than a Canon unfortunately. No 60p or full manual exposure in live view, you gotta switch out to change aperture for some reason (you can change shutter though). I really like my 16-85mm as a general purpose lens. If you do get a D7000, make sure to upgrade that 18-55 right away, at least get a 18-105 or a tamron 17-50 if you want fixed, faster aperture instead of better range. Check out the 16-85 though, it's a really awesome lens. You should upgrade your telephoto as well, a great part of the D7000 is the ability to AF with all AF-D lenses instead of only AF-S lenses like your 3100. Look into an 80-200 2.8, one of the older ones for around $500-$700 I believe.
I have a d3100 and have used d7000's. i would say hold onto you body for now and up you glass, ditch both of your lenses and get a 17-50 no vc tamron that will help a ton then wait to see what new stuff nikon puts out in the next 2-3 months. The d3100 has a lot of downfalls but its still a really capable camera.
I have a D7000 too. Definitely a great camera for the price. Video-wise, it is kind of lacking though. Don't get me wrong, the quality is pretty good, but if you ever want to slow it down or anything like that (which is commonly used especially in skiing) it will be pretty choppy because of the low frame rate.
Just like you though I upgraded from a D3100. I bought the D3100 when it first came out and had it for awhile, then upgraded to my D7000. I hardly do any video though, so I didn't see the need to wait awhile for better video quality. Plus I was shooting a lot of low-light situations so I really wanted better ISO performance, and at the time I could afford a D7000 so that little step up is what I did.
Personally I'm going to say (just like everyone else said), get good glass first. Before I upgraded I bought a 50mm 1.8 and a 70-200 2.8 on top of my kit lens, which I found for awhile with those lenses, I had a pretty good range for what I was doing. Then I upgraded and was all set for a little, then bought more lenses haha.
Another reason I say to wait, is that in Nikon's new D4, they have 1080p at 30fps and 720p at 60fps (pretty sure). That's what the canons have been shooting at for awhile now, but at least we're finally catching up. Hopefully they'll move that good quality down to lower level bodies, so that's why you should wait and pick up the predecessor to the D7000 or better, the D400. If my money situation is alright when they release the D400, I might pick one up aswell and keep my D7000 as a back-up, hopefully. haha.
Good luck with your search for more photography stuff. It really is an addiction!
If you have any other questions feel free to PM me if you would like!
Exactly, I own a d7000 and I actually downgraded from a D700 for a little bit, d7000 is the best lower end body Nikon has made yet, sharpness is amazing(also depends on lens but rather than be limited by the sensor its limited by lens) its a great camera, the only thing I have had a problem with is the Autofocus system is not up to the standards of a higher end body, but coming from a d3100 it is a lot better especially as mentioned before that it takes all AF-d along with AF-s lenses and allows them to auto focus.
D7000 is a camera that if you ever upgrade above it, you wont mind keeping it as a backup because it takes great photos.
Also one more thing to take into account is that on February 7th Nikon will most likely be announcing the new D800 and there may be a slight chance of the d400(I doubt they will announce at the same time unless they are not at all comparable models).
Yeah, I was having a little trouble with the AF on mine too. I did a few things that helped it out a ton though. If you switch the AF points from 39 to 11, it focuses so much faster and more accurate. Sure you have less points, but it doesn't seem to make too much of a difference and it drastically changes it.
Check out this video and (I'm sure you already know all these things) but I did everything that this guy explained in this video and my D7000 focuses pretty good now.
Most of those steps I already knew also, to increase the speed, except it seemed to solve all of my backfocusing issues that I had with my 50mm 1.8 too.
this is good to know, the 11 point prob involves more cross type focus points than 39 therefore you are only using more efficient focus points, never thought of doing that. Ill have to watch the video when im on a comp that doesnt suck ahha