Nikon D7000 for Sports and Fast moving objects

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darkcloud154
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Nikon D7000 for Sports and Fast moving objects
Sep 28, 2012

I currently have a Nikon D3100. Im thinking of upgrading to a Nikon D7000. I used it over the weekend at the SGP F1 and really impressed with its picture quality and speed.

But i wanted to know over a longer term period, is the nikon a good performing when it comes to sports and fast moving objects with its AF points and 6fps. The reason why i ask is i want that in my camera for when i go to the f1 and i read mixed reviews of it against the Canon 7D. I hear the AF points are better on the d7000 - and better at focusing on moving objects but the burst rate can be lagging compare to 7D.

Any thoughts? Otherwise i'm won over by the d7000.

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In reply to darkcloud154, Sep 28, 2012

darkcloud154 wrote:

But i wanted to know over a longer term period, is the nikon a good performing when it comes to sports and fast moving objects with its AF points and 6fps. The reason why i ask is i want that in my camera for when i go to the f1 and i read mixed reviews of it against the Canon 7D. I hear the AF points are better on the d7000 - and better at focusing on moving objects but the burst rate can be lagging compare to 7D.

Any thoughts? Otherwise i'm won over by the d7000.

When shooting sports in CH at 6FPS I rarely actually shoot 6FPS very often. So rare that I actually need high FPS that I simply don't find it a critical feature. I normally shoot no more than 3FPS even in a sports situation. Your needs will certainly vary.
What's more important 8 pics in a sec or 6 better IQ pics at 6FPS

Good luck...both are fine cameras.

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In reply to darkcloud154, Sep 28, 2012

I also switched from the D3100 to the D7000. I had a steep learning curve to get the results I wanted. I have a number of shots of running wildlife which are sharp and clear. It is a great camera!

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In reply to Chuvarsky, Sep 28, 2012

Mind sharing you settings and technique for sports shooting?

Chuvarsky wrote:

I also switched from the D3100 to the D7000. I had a steep learning curve to get the results I wanted. I have a number of shots of running wildlife which are sharp and clear. It is a great camera!

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In reply to Alex Yantifovich, Sep 28, 2012

I have two kids, and i have taken great photos of them, along with their wild energetic fast crazy little friends (I consider this a "sport") and i have gotten great shots with my D7000 even with MANUAL focus lenses, so in the END is technique what you have to apply, not so much the camera, on top of that each camera has its own personality that you will have to get to know. Would you think folks that have, for example the much older D200 are not capable of taking fast action photos??

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In reply to Mako2011, Oct 1, 2012

I found using the d7000 easy to transition to. I think the comment about continuous burst is right. Even at the F1 i only used 3-4 max, otherwise i was more concerned about getting the right shot at the right time. At the SGP GP i played with 1/250 to around 1/600 to get blur to clarity. ISO was around 1600 due to lighting and was all manual focus due to the fencing. At the Malaysian GP i used a lower ISO like 100 / 200 due to the daylight and appropriate shutter based on effect i want. I use a 55-300mm lense, but would like to practice with a 70-200 f2.8

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In reply to darkcloud154, Oct 2, 2012

I have been shooting action shots of my sons football and basketball teams for the past year with the D7000 and here are some things I have learned:

I have used this camera with the Nikon 70-200 predominantly and it's suited me well except for when I have poorly lit conditions, such as night football games, where you will need (IMHO) higher ISO capabilities than what I have gotten with this body.

The images at ISO 6400 are for the most part unusable.

With the above mentioned exception, I have gotten really good results shooting shutter priority, ISO 3200 and below, AF-On, 9 point, and center weighted metering.

You can view some of my work at the following link:

http://s1133.photobucket.com/albums/m585/hrogersiii

Hope this helps.

Harry Rogers

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