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First Camera Nikon D5200 vs D7000

Post by xxmonitorlizardxx » April 29th, 2013, 6:10 pm

I'm looking for a good first camera and have condensed my options to the Nikon D5200 and the Nikon D7000 This camera would be used for sports, landscape, and wildlife(mostly herps and birds). Does anyone know which camera would be better suited to a novice such as myself?

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Re: First Camera Nikon D5200 vs D7000

Post by bgorum » April 30th, 2013, 3:57 am

So I have to admit I don't know anything about the D5200, but given the choice between it and a D7000, I would take the D7000. The reason being that Nikon has (to my way of thinking at least) essentially four tiers of cameras. They are the beginner models (like the D5200), the advanced amateur models (D7000, D7100, D600), the semi-pro models (D300s and D800), and the pro models (D3x and D4). It is my opinion that as you move up that hierarchy the cameras become better and easier to use, (design, execution of controls, inclusion of important features, even the way they fit your hands). About a year ago I switched from an older D200 (semi-pro) to a D7000 (advanced amateur) and while the D7000 has far newer (and better) technology than the D200 did it does not in my opinion have the user friendliness of the D200 (important features are lacking, controls aren't positioned as well, etc). While the D7000 is still quite usable, and the image quality is outstanding, I'm guessing going down one more level to the D5200 would compromise the usability of the camera below what I would consider acceptable, though I'm sure others here might disagree.

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Re: First Camera Nikon D5200 vs D7000

Post by Antonsrkn » April 30th, 2013, 8:39 am

Of the 2 I would pick the D7000 for myself, I was seriously considering it but ended up getting the D7100 instead. You can find D7000s pretty cheap now after the release of the D7100. I don't remember if the 5200 is the same as the 5100 in this aspect but the AF doesn't work on certain type lenses with the 5100, if this is a concern or if you have any lenses already then check out that factor to see where the 5200 stands.

For action type photography, the d7000 has a faster max shutter speed and you can get more frames per second than with the d5200.

In my opinion the D7000 is the superior camera and its worth the price difference, if you search around you can get a used one in great condition for fairly cheap. However, I think learning to use the camera might be a little more tricky and you might also be paying for more features that you will never use. If you plan to just shoot in auto mode then the 5200 is more than adequate.

The 5200 will be easier to learn with simplified controls and is more geared for new photographers. The D7000 is a more serious camera but may be tougher to use initially but you can change manual settings more quickly than with the 5200, important when you're shooting out in field conditions. My opinion is that at the moment you will be happier with the 5200 because you said this will be your first camera, however if get serious about the photography hobby and learn your camera well you will eventually find it constraining and want to upgrade.

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Re: First Camera Nikon D5200 vs D7000

Post by xxmonitorlizardxx » May 1st, 2013, 6:59 pm

Now I am currently a Sophomore in High School and if all goes well next year, one of my classes will be Digital Photography. The class consists of a professional photographer teaching us the basics of photography and getting into a little bit more advanced stuff.
Do you have any lenses you could recommend for beginner herp photography, preferably telephoto-lenses?
Thanks!

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