Part of my job at Yucaipa High is to maintain and expand the
school's web site. Everyday I go through it, update text that
needs to be updated, and look for ways to make the web site a
better source of information about the school. One of those tasks
includes taking photos of school events and any other sight during
the school day.
Until now, I didn't have a camera for my exclusive use. I would
bring in my D70s or I would see if the photography classes had
a camera available for me to use. It was a struggle at times,
especially with photo opportunities that were unplanned. The
opportunity arose this spring for the school to get me a digital
SLR of my own. Yay!
The new camera, a Nikon
D7000, is a newer model that's received a lot of praises
for performance and features. The camera is a nice piece of
machinery! I'm looking forward to getting to know this camera
better and explore it's potential.
The D7000 features a 16.2 megapixel sensor, battery charge life
of approximately 4500 shots, 1080i video recording, 100-6400
ISO (with noise reduction to go to 25,600ISO), dual SD/SDHC/SDXC
memory card slots, 6 frames per second shooting, and the option
of the MB-D11 battery grip to give it a second battery. The dual
memory cards give you many options when you shoot. You can use
it as a straight fill-card-one then card-two, or you can have
it mirror the images to both cards, and use one card to store
RAW photos and the other to store JPEG photos.
My D7000 came as a kit with Nikon's newest VR lens, 18-105.
So far it's been pretty impressive. I've used the eariler VR
18-200 and this one is just as clear and accurate. It doesn't
have the range that the 18-200 has, but this lens is also about
half of the price.
Next school year I'm going to see about getting that MB-D11
battery grip, as I find battery grips necessary to make digital
SLR cameras perfectly balanced. The extra battery usually speeds
up the frame rate (which is advantageous for me when I shoot
water polo games) and they provides a shutter button and other
controls for when you rotate the camera 90° to get a portrait
I'm looking forward to putting this camera through my personal
test: a YHS water polo game with the VR 70-200/f2.8. The 16mp
sensor, 6 fps rate, and that lens will mean I should be able
to get great shots. Stay tuned!
I'm still learning my way around this fine piece of equipment,
but if you want to know more, you can find a more in
depth review over at DP
Review. Say cheese!
June 1, 2011 Posted by Tom