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09-20-2010, 01:26 PM   #1
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Nikon D7000 seems like a better deal than K-5

I was looking at the Nikon D7000 and it looks to have many improved features over the K-5 and it offers a flash sync speed of 1/250 compared to the K-5's 1/180 which would help with my offer camera strobist work. What do you guys think? I am a little disappointed in the K-5 and lack of more robust improvements.

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Did this really need a new thread, when there are hundreds of other threads asking the same thing?
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ISO 100 @ 1/250th ~ ISO 80 @ 1/180th

Just means you need a more powerful flash if you are shooting in bright sunlight.
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Nikon Dxxxx = not an advanced amateur body. Moved to off-brand. Compare it to the K-r.


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Actually I think that Adam is right...

K-r is a much better suited opponent for D7000 with it's 25 jpg frames buffer vs D7000's 100 frames... vs K5's 22... for double the price of K-r and 300$ more than D7k...

Info from K5 preview on Imaging Res...
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QuoteOriginally posted by crossover37 Quote
I was looking at the Nikon D7000 and it looks to have many improved features over the K-5 and it offers a flash sync speed of 1/250 compared to the K-5's 1/180 which would help with my offer camera strobist work. What do you guys think? I am a little disappointed in the K-5 and lack of more robust improvements.
I think you are absolutely right. 100%. Go and get that D7000 RIGHT NOW!! :-D
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QuoteOriginally posted by RawheaD Quote
I think you are absolutely right. 100%. Go and get that D7000 RIGHT NOW!! :-D


To the OP:
The truth is each body has some advantages over the other. If faster flash sync and a more advanced AF system are what you're after, then perhaps the D7000 is a better choice for you. There are quite a few areas where the K5 out specs the D7000, not the least of which is in-body SR and a K-mount
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Hey before you make the move, check prices on the decent lenses. Nikon prices have shot through the roof lately.
An example is the discontinued 85mm f1.4D that was $1050 and the new version (G) is identical by all reports and the list price is $1699. That's one example of many recent price hikes. Don't complain about Pentax offerings and lens prices.

Plus could someone who doesn't shoot for a living tell me why 1/180th vs 1/250th would matter? If you're concerned about DOF, get a couple good ND's.

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I have quite a bit of Nikon gear, but I really do not think that the D7000 is in the same league as the K-5. If you think differently then you clearly are not willing to pay for the superior features of the K-5, which include a body with superior sealing and better thermal stability, built-in vibration reduction, interchangeable viewing screens, and the ability to mount those fantastic, compact Pentax limited primes. You seem like a perfect candidate for the D7000, and so I suggest you buy it and a good quality consumer zoom.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Peter Zack Quote
Hey before you make the move, check prices on the decent lenses. Nikon prices have shot through the roof lately.
An example is the discontinued 85mm f1.4D that was $1050 and the new version (G) is identical by all reports and the list price is $1699. That's one example of many recent price hikes. Don't complain about Pentax offerings and lens prices.
The good thing about Nikon's side of the road is that there are tons and tons and tons more gear trolls who can't sleep too well if they don't have the latest and fastest... As a result, older AF-D 85/1.4 and 85/1.8 are getting really cheap... 1.8-version was already a bargain (when compared to the 77/1.8)... and 1.4-ones have dropped quite a bit ever since the G-version got on the market... So don't get too discouraged either...
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QuoteOriginally posted by alexeyga Quote
The good thing about Nikon's side of the road is that there are tons and tons and tons more gear trolls who can't sleep too well if they don't have the latest and fastest... As a result, older AF-D 85/1.4 and 85/1.8 are getting really cheap... 1.8-version was already a bargain (when compared to the 77/1.8)... and 1.4-ones have dropped quite a bit ever since the G-version got on the market... So don't get too discouraged either...
To the eyes of the Nikon user, even 999 for k-5 is still expensive. I hope you find much fun in the Nikon land.
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QuoteOriginally posted by aleonx3 Quote
To the eyes of the Nikon user, even 999 for k-5 is still expensive. I hope you find much fun in the Nikon land.
It's all fun and games until someone decides to buy lenses

I happen to think Nikon has a good thing going.
They offer lower price point camera's and make more money on lenses. However, the good part about it, is that they actually make more money on the long run.
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The D7000 is a great thing for Nikon users, for sure.

The K-5 is a better camera. The question is, is it THAT MUCH better. And the answer depends entirely on how good a fit it is for your shooting. If you want the D7000, get the D7000.
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I see the K-5 and the D7000 as close to being competing for the same market as any camera pair I have ever seen. For the primary specs, these cameras line up very well. The real diferences in the cameras will not be know until we see some example shots, we see some reviews, and people start using them. I think the K-5 and the D7000 are closer in class then the D300 and the D40 was.

For Nikon users looking to replace their D90, this camera has an amazing feature set. It has many of the features from the D300s brought down to D90 prices. It really does look like a great body.

The K-5 on the otherhand, does not come across as such a big improvment over the K-7 (when compaired the the D90 to D7000 jump), but this has more to do with the K-7 having been a more advanced camera then the D90. The result is that the K-5 really does have a great feature set, it just sits closer to the K-7.

The real loser this photokina is the Canon 60D. It is looking to be outclassed by the K-5 and the D7000. Does Sony still sell the A700 in this bracket? Poor Sony users.

The price differance between the D7000 and the K-5 is really meaningless. Even with the K-5 at +400 bucks, once you factor in a basic lens set, the result is that each kit is priced within 10% of each other.

The positive Pentax will gain out of all this, is I would expect that every review article for the D7000 will mention the K-5 as an alternitive. Everyone checking out D7000 reviews will see the K-5.
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Ya the lenses are a lot more with Nikon which sucks. I want 1/250 sync because that half stop difference would mean I can get a scene darker outdoors and not have to bump up my flash (which is what I would need to do if I slapped a ND on there). That isn't the biggest deal, I like Pentax and will probably stay. I wanted to upgrade from the K-x to the K-7 but the ISO is just killing me. Do you think the auto focus is faster and more accurate on the K-7 than the K-x? That is very important to me as well. Thanks.
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