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Nikon D7000 / D7100 / D7200 Camera

Ed Hotchkiss
Ed Hotchkiss

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My first serious camera was a Nikon FG-20 (which I still have) and I have been using their products ever since because of the high quality of their lenses and the sophistication of their features. They are also quite durable and last decades. My current camera is the Nikon D7000 (which premiered in 2010 and was succeeded by the D7100 and D7200) and it has worked wonderfully for me. These cameras have been discontinued but can be bought used. This is a 16.2-megapixel digital single-lens reflex camera (DSLR) with a body that can withstand adverse weather for a reasonably long time. It has full HD video and very accurate exposure metering. The camera has dual SD memory card slots which I find indispensable because it provides an extra copy of original images. If one of the cards is misplaced or corrupted, all is not lost. Subsequent Nikon models have more megapixels and faster shooting time which can be helpful in some situations, but they no longer have the dual SD slots which is a deal breaker for me.

I only recommend photo equipment that I own and have used for years. There’s always a new model or technology emerging, but I stick to gear that consistently enables me to take the photos I like when traveling. B&H is an excellent place to buy used and new photo and video equipment. Ebay is always a place to search for used models, but carefully check the seller’s reputation. I find the photo equipment reviews of Ken Rockwell to be helpful if I need to take a deep dive in technical specifications. A super resource on photo enhancement software and techniques is Robin Whalley. If you would like to discuss equipment options, contact me here.

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