Photography – A hobby of mine for years.

You know I am a chimney sweep, that I clean and install wood burning systems.  That I hold the highest Canadian credentials in wood burning system inspections, installations and cleaning.  But what else.. well one of my long time favourite hobbies has been photography.

Yes, photography.   Back in the film days, a Hasselblad camera, a Nikon D3, several options to use as lens, filters, flash gear, a colour enlarger, developing tanks, etc.  Yes the whole works.

I was a little slow to get into the digital realm though, believing at first, and rightly so.. that it was not as good as film quality.   But as often happens with consumers and eventually even the professionals, convenience often wins.  Consumers switched first, ease of use, lower cost with no development, instant photos.. and film was doomed.

I have an older Nikon D700 and D7000.  Now some would say the D700 is superior, and it is in some ways for sure.  The D700 has a full frame sensor, the same size as the 35mm negative.  That in itself can at times be a benefit and potentially have superior ability.  But, in other areas the D7000 can shine.  When introduced, almost a decade ago, the D7000 was the most advanced camera in the Nikon lineup.  But even today it can still shine.

First the D7000 has a built in motor, allowing it to use the older FX lens – meaning that full frame lens for the D700 also work with the D7000, even though the D7000 has a cropped sensor.

The D7000 has ability to meter all AI and newer lenses – so even the manual focus lenses work.  (from 1977 onward)  The D7000 also has a full colour matrix metering with manual focus lenses.

The D7000 has, which at the time was one of the best in the world, a 2,016-segment RGB meter.

The D7000 is very quiet in operation and smaller/lighter than the D700.. something I actually find quite nice.

The auto focus is amazing, instant and accurate.  At the time likely one of the best available, although there are others today that can certainly rival it in abilities.  Having said that it is still very much a very good system even by todays standards.  The system also has a fantastic manual focus with a three display system ( < O > ) to assist the user.

While the D7000 still has the top display for settings, I think you will find yourself using the rear – larger display most of the time.

However the D7000 will make immediately apparent any quality issues with your lenses or your own personal shooting abilities.  If you can not shoot good, sharp images with the D7000 then it is you and not the camera!

The D7000 goes to stupidly high ISO settings, however realistically you really should never need to go above ISO 3200 or maybe 6400 maximum!  Note – the D700 does outperform the D7000 by a quite a margin if you do push to the very highest ISO settings.

Yes I love the D7000… I will be putting my Blad up for sale soon, as no longer use it and it is taking up room.

More to come.. stay tuned.


Author: Chimney Sweep

WETT Certified Advanced Chimney Sweep - Loving It Every Day