Nikon D3200 w/ good lens or D7000 with kit lens?

Started Jan 23, 2013 | Discussions thread
georgehudetz Veteran Member • Posts: 3,206
Re: Nikon D3200 w/ good lens or D7000 with kit lens?

I just went from a D3100 with the 18-55 & 55-200 to the D7000 with the 18-105.

First, I like operating the D7000 much better.  It is a pleasure to use.  So was the D3100, but not *as* pleasurable, if that makes sense.  I won't talk about image quality since that will be less of an issue when comparing a D7000 to a D3200.

When I traveled with the 3100 (I'm thinking of a trip to Germany/Austria in particular) I was often frustrated by the desire to swap lenses, both in the cities as well as in the alps.

With the 18-105, that need/desire is much less.  This to me is more important than the weight difference.  I never want to go back to a 18-55 range lens for travel duties.  In fact, for travel (where absolute pic quality isn't crucial) I find myself wanting a 18-200 or 18-270.

And with only one lens to carry (again for travel duties), I can use a Black Rapid sling, and do away with the bag altogether.  While this is true of a lighter body as well, I find the net weight difference of the body less significant when it's connected to a heavier lens.  And if I do carry a kit (bag/body/3 lenses) the weight difference in the body is all but insignificant.

Either choice will be great.  But the view finder + the controls of the D7000 makes it a no-brainer for me.  If you are going ASP-C, you might as well get all the benefits!

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