D7000 quality problem. I'm about to switch back to Canon!

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D7000 quality problem. I'm about to switch back to Canon!
Apr 2, 2013

Hi all.  First of all I want to mention I really like this site I keep coming back for any problems or questions I have about photography.  Now my problem is the image quality of the D7000 I have.  I don't know if there's something wrong with the camera or if I am doing something wrong.

My first DSLR camera was a Canon 450D.  I had bought it with the 18-55 kit lens and I had some good photos with it.  After a while my kit lens broke, I dropped the camera bag, and I bought a Tamron 17-50 f2.8 and I had great photos with it, I liked them at the very least.  After a while I changed over to Canon 60D and I kept taking photos that satisfied me with it.  Soon after I had an offer from a friend to take photos at weddings, nothing professional just at wedding halls taking photos of family friends of the bride/groom etc.  For that I thought a Nikon would do better with better indoor perfornance and I bought a Nikon D7000.

That's when my dissatisfaction of my photos started.  I almost never get as sharp photos as I used to get.  I even like the photos I have taken with my 450D more than my Nikon D7000!!! I have 18-105 kit lens and Tamron 70-300 f4-5.6mm VC USD lens.  Same results with both of these lenses.  I have attached a few images to argue my case even better.

Just now I have spent a lot of time looking over my photos taken with 450D, 60D and D7000 and I decided on a few keepers.  Interesting enough I had a lot more keepers with the 450D than the other two cameras combined, most likely because I had it for much longer than the other two cameras combined.

First 450D (Tamron 17-50mm f2.8)

Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 at 17mm, 1/200, f7.1, ISO 200

Tamron 17-50mm at 50mm, 1/400, f4, ISO 200

Tamron 17-50mm at 50mm, 1/2000, f3.5, ISO 100

Tamron 17-50mm at 50mm, 1/250, f8, ISO 1600

Tamron 17-50mm at 50mm, 1/500, f4, ISO 100

As you could see in the pictures above I am mainly into close up and nature photography with a little landscape and portrait on the side.

Canon 60D (Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 and Canon 85mm f1.8 USM)

Canon 85mm f1.8 USM at 85mm, 1/1000, f3.2, ISO 100.  I really like this picture.  Most of it is quite sharp and nice colors.   If I had only used faster speed and around f8 it would been even better, though ISO would have to go up.

Canon 85mm f1.8 USM at 85mm, 1/3200, f1.8, ISO 100, -1 exposure bias

These are photos I had taken with my Canon 60D.  I didn't keep it very long but I liked the performance.

Nikon D7000 (18-105mm kit lens and Tamron 70-300mm f4-5.6 VC USD)

Nikkor 18-105mm at 105mm, 1/800, f8, ISO 200.  When I look at this image at 100% magnification I don't like the quality. I can't put my finger on it but something bothers me, it doesn't happen with the Canon photos.

Nikkor 18-105mm at 45mm, 1/250, f6.3, ISO 100.  Same as above but more obvious blur on the trees and people at 100% magnification.

Tamron 70-300mm at 300mm, 1/1000, f8, ISO 100.  I would think these settings would be enough to get a sharp picture but I am still not satisfied with the sharpness.  I read a lot of reviews and looked at pictures taken with this lens.  It should take sharper pictures than this.

Nikkor 18-105mm at 18mm, 1/400, f10, ISO 200.  Nice colors and such but still blurry at 100%

Nikkor 18-105mm at 18mm, 1/640, f10, ISO 200.  Same as above blurry at 100%

Tamron 70-300mm at 300mm, 1/1000, f5.6, ISO 400.  I kinda like the bokeh at this picture, considering the 5.6 aperture, but still not sharp enough for my tastes. Especially comparing with the tulip photo taken with the 450D, I like the 450D picture better.

First of all I want to thank anyone who read through all that and came down here.  I realize it's a very long post, it has taken me a few hours to finish this.  I just wanted to ask all the questions I have before I make a decision.  I am an inch away from selling all my Nikon gear and buy a Canon 60D/7D body with a Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 lens and maybe a macro lens.

One this is stopping me though.  Whenever I read reviews or comparisons it's always the same.  Nikon D7000 is supposed to have much better image quality than the 60D and the 7D.  If I can manage to get that quality I'll be happy to keep my camera but if it's not possible for whatever reason I'll go with Canon.

Thanks in advance for all the constructive comments!

Canon EOS 450D (EOS Rebel XSi / EOS Kiss X2) Canon EOS 60D Canon EOS 7D Nikon D7000 Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5
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