Well enough of pining for the past. I borrowed a camera a couple times for some shoots I had. But I had a lot more and this was going to start to really crimp my style. It was also going to impact building up this site and my other photography ventures too. For a very long time I had been looking at the Nikon D7000. Basically shortly after that little gal came out I was lusting after her. I had numerous chances to get her in my hands, and she was a delight. So you would think that I would just run out and get one, or her younger sister, the D7100. It should have been a match made in heaven. But alas, I did not have the money at the moment for that investment. That is why I had still been shooting the D80. What to do???
Sure, it is not the D7000, but it performs magnificently. The shots in this blog post were all taken in studio with the camera. They are the first studio shoot since I have gotten the camera. It worked better than my best hopes. The camera is a little small in my huge hands, but it is solid and responsive. Oh, and the shots were taken with the kit lens too. I did that in part to really give the whole kit a good run, and in part because the 50mm that I have is the D model and will not autofocus on the camera. So that will be going on eBay this week so I can get the G version of the lens.
I have been out shooting the high school band in summer band camp this week too. The high ISO performance on the camera is wonderful!! I am able to shoot indoors with the kit lens and get good to great shutter speed. And the VR is letting me shoot so incredibly slow handheld without even working hard at it. This is why I have recently said that the D5100 is probably the best entry level beginner DSLR on the market. You can easily get two to four full stops more light in ISO compared to most other low end cameras out there. That is so important if you don't have the money, or don't want the super shallow depth of field of an f/1.8 or f/2.8 lens.
I have done some video on the camera too. The flip out screen makes it so easy to do video. Sure the follow focus is not all that great. But as long as I plan my shots accordingly then that is not so much of a worry. The files are so easy to pull off the camera. Way easier than getting them off my dedicated camcorder. The only thing now is that I need to build a DIY steadycam for the video work.