D2x

Started May 24, 2011 | Discussions
perroneford
perroneford Regular Member • Posts: 117
Re: D2x

I've used my D2X AND D7000 for portraits and like them both. And for my money, the D2X has numerous advantages over the newer camera, but I am primarily a sports photographer. It's faster, tougher, and meters better than the D7000 It feels better in the hand when I have to shoot 3-5 hours straight.

The D7000 is a nice camera, but it's no pro camera. And yes, I have the grip on mine. Ordered it the same week I bought the camera, as it was too small for my hands otherwise.

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Mr Fartleberry Contributing Member • Posts: 900
Re: D2x

Nasa has just posted ISS pictures with the D2X and 10.5 fish. I guess it works for them.
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Zane Paxton Veteran Member • Posts: 6,947
Geez...

JulesJ wrote:

Zane. You seem very keen to justify the purchase of your 7000.

Justify? Nope. I've just blown away at how superior it is in so many useful ways. To flip it back to you, I can see much gnashing of teeth is loosing bragging rights to a much cheaper camera.

Don't worry it's a fine camera I'm sure. but you don't need to, and should knock the D2x which is a pro camera which yours, I'm sorry to say, although a great camera. is not.

I'm much more in the camp that suggests:

1. It the photographer more than the gear.

2. Having just said that, in this insanely competitive economy, one should be best equipped to compete (again on low entry cost versus best value). I have a buddy that tries to make a go of it in Escondido and he says there are 400 portrait photographers in the yellow pages..... Having outdated gear just makes it that more challenging, and yes the D2x is a good camera, but is seriously outdated. Video is creeping steadily into the public realm as a desired service from the marketplace; it won't be long until it is the norm. Trying to compete against the D3x, D3 and D3s and the handy D700 and now a D7000 and not to mention all the fine newer cameras from the Canon camp are serious concerns.

3. Being able to shoot without all the lights is also important. Not all portraits are in the studio. The D2x has great color but has noisy shadows outdoors in general and can't hold highlights as well in bright sun. Wedding portraits in dim light and in bright sun are just too challenging for the D2x without a flash.

just because years have passed between the issue dates doesn't really prove anything. not having a certain feature is not in itself a worse thing. It's about what it does have and how well that works.

Yes, how well it works is the point isn't it? The D7000 has better results across the board . I have both, and the differences are striking. The D2x only has slightly better colors, but it is better than the D3, D3s and the D700 and all the Canons too. Slightly better colors are only valuable without blown highlights and noisy shadows.... With the Color Checker Passport, the color differences are a moot point. I'd suggest that all pros and serious amateurs should be using the Color Checker Passport if they are indeed committed to optimal IQ anyways, so the only slight advantage falls away.

So why start out unable to compete with all the better and newer cameras out there? The change-over cost is minimal. Besides the D7000's low cost/great value makes it that much easier to buy a backup unit and every pro is totally nuts not to have a backup. I'd get the D7000 as the first choice for a low-cost and high-value camera and use the D2x as a backup. The conversation here is about low entry cost and best value. The D2x only meets the low-cost criteria but fails on the best value available criteria.

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perroneford
perroneford Regular Member • Posts: 117
Re: Geez...

This is an interesting perspective. And 180 degrees apart from how I view the D7000/d2X. As a sports photographer (mostly) I use the D2x as my primary camera, and the D7000 as my backup. At night, things reverse.

For portraits, I'll use the D7000 or the T2i with vintage glass.

In the sports arena where I typically ply my trade, the D2x focuses faster, shoots faster, is better balanced, and more comfortable to work with. That said, I've gotten lovely images with both.

-P

Zane Paxton wrote:

Besides the D7000's low cost/great value makes it that much easier to buy a backup unit and every pro is totally nuts not to have a backup. I'd get the D7000 as the first choice for a low-cost and high-value camera and use the D2x as a backup. The conversation here is about low entry cost and best value. The D2x only meets the low-cost criteria but fails on the best value available criteria.

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Terry Geig
OP Terry Geig Regular Member • Posts: 391
Re: D2x

Can you buy a verticle grip for the D7000?

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Terry Geig
OP Terry Geig Regular Member • Posts: 391
Re: D2x

1. I am not interested in live view.
2. I am not interested in video.

3. I have no problem with the weight of the camera, even with my SB900 mounted on the hotshoe.

4. I have done enough weddings and white wedding dresses to know they do not interest me at all.

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Terry Geig
OP Terry Geig Regular Member • Posts: 391
Re: D2x

Robin, well said!!

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Gearsau
Gearsau Senior Member • Posts: 1,585
Re: D2x

Terry Geig wrote:

Can you buy a verticle grip for the D7000?

Terry,

I just looked on eBay and did see a grips listed. Both genuine Nikon and after market.

http://shop.ebay.com/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p5197.m570.l1311&_nkw=nikon+d7000+battery+grip&_sacat=See-All-Categories

They also have a listing for this... for the man who must have everything:

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Authentic-Nikon-Black-Baseball-Cap-Hat-D7000-Body-New-/320685875069?pt=US_Hats&hash=item4aaa5e1f7d

Personally, I dont like the " screw-on grips / bases". Been there, done that with F3, F4 ,F90X cameras. The grip always seems to come a bit loose after some use.

As I have big hands, I prefer the F5 , D2 series and D3 series cameras.
All the best
Regards Peter

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Terry Geig
OP Terry Geig Regular Member • Posts: 391
I will keep my D2X because it's a great camera!

If it's good enough for NASA it's good enough for me! Actually everything I've read just reinforced what I already knew. I like the fact that it's a big camera and fits my hands well. The only thing I really need is a heavier tripod!
Thanks to everybody who contributed...

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jesar Regular Member • Posts: 339
Re: I will keep my D2X because it's a great camera!

you may want to consider neat image , and install the profiles made for the D2X . Clean and fast.

makes high ISO D2X shots re-think about the current trend of building instant and approximate noise reduction in the camera as the best solution (for that).

TheronFamily Forum Pro • Posts: 19,983
Re: Check this comparision!

Zane Paxton wrote:

Reasons to consider the Nikon D2X: Snapsort is not aware of any important advantages of the Nikon D2X vs the Nikon D7000.

legacy lens support? and in particular, A/F capabilities.

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2005magnum Veteran Member • Posts: 4,473
Who needs a D2X when you have a perfectly good D1X?
jesar Regular Member • Posts: 339
Re: Who needs a D2X when you have a perfectly good D1X?

wow. amazing stuff.

it reminds me of the good old 1D , and when cameras were capable of getting the red ferrari right.

after that they decided to change the color of the car to make it look good in both stills and video.
they had to change the color of the CAR! I mean... imagine that... LOL

and that means something...

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Boris
Boris Veteran Member • Posts: 9,257
For the D2x battery....nt
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gonzalu
gonzalu Forum Pro • Posts: 10,389
Happy and Healthy here (D2Xs but actually same cam)

Just stay away from ISO 800 and if you must, OVEREXPOSE!!
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Tzed250 Junior Member • Posts: 41
Re: I will keep my D2X because it's a great camera!

I figure if you can't make it happen with a D2X you won't make it with a D7000 either...
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