About 6 1/2 years ago I finally replaced my film camera with a digital camera. The older camera was a Nikon FG which I got in 1982. That was Nikon’s first SLR with auto-exposure and TTL flash exposure control. Tom’s been using that one recently for his photography homework (link1, link2). The camera I replaced the FG with was a Nikon D70s. That was an upgraded version of the D70, which was Nikon’s first digital SLR that was targeted at the consumer market. Well today I just got a D7000. Here are the three of them together.
Sorry that picture didn’t come out very well, but I wasn’t able to use one of the cameras I’m comfortable with for obvious reasons.
I’ve only been using the D7000 for a couple of hours, but I’m very impressed. The ISO appears to go up forever. I’m not sure that I’m ever going to need my flash again. The viewfinder is really bright and sharp. A lot of the adjustments that I’d made to the D70s appear to be the defaults on this one, and a lot of setting which were fiddly to get to on the D70s have dedicated controls on the D7000.
One really neat trick it has is that it works well with old AI lenses. This picture of Tom was taken with the sweet old 50mm I use on the FG.
When using one of these old lenses, you can get exposure priority automatically, and you even get an assist with the manual focus.
I’m sure it’s going to take me quite a while to find all of the features of this camera, but so far it seems like quite an upgrade. I can’t wait to get out and about with it.