I’ve had my two D7000′s for a few days now (Yes, it’s true. As a real Nikon “insider” and host of the instructional video the company made about this camera, I only had to wait, what, about a month longer than anybody else who just bought the camera from Best Buy to get my hands on them:-)).
And boy, am I psyched.
I don’t normally get too excited about gear upgrades anymore, but the new video function in this camera is bringing back the fanboy in me.
There are, however, a couple of other features in the camera that might be confusing, even to longtime Nikon users.
First, is the new way you select AF modes (AFC, AFS, or AFA). They’ve added a little press in button on the AF/M button (see above illustration). You’ve got to hold that in and use the Command Dial to select the mode. That’s new and it’ll drive you nuts finding it (or at least, it did me).
Another cool feature is that you assign the AEHold function (beloved by video shooters who use any of the Auto modes) to the Function Button. With the D90, you couldn’t assign this function to the Function button.
That was a hardship if you liked to use the AE-L, AF-L button on the back of the camera for AF On. On the D300s and more “pro” bodies, there are two buttons on the back, one for AF On, and one for AE-L, AF-L. But the D90 and the D7000 have one.
With only one button on the back, it’s nice to be able to assign AE Hold to the Function button, and AF On to the AE-L, AF-L button.
I’m looking forward to working with these new cameras….and going to work on a small documentary video project for an inner city charter school with them next week!
In the meantime, as a coda to the lively discussion all of us Constitutional scholars were having in the comments section of my last post on airline security, I offer this from the New Yorker, which is featuring airport security cartoons from as far back as 1938! Check this one out, from 1972 and tell me if the cartoonist, Ed Fisher, wasn’t clairvoyant!
Have a great and safe holiday!