I was browsing the local photography store's inventory last night, looking for any bargain primes, and I noticed they had a D7000 body for £389. I noticed they also had a D3100 kit for sale for £309. Got me thinking about seeing what sort of part exchange they might do.
I called 'em this morning and asked if they'd be interested, and they offered me a deal I couldn't refuse. £160 trade-in value for my 3100 kit. It was pretty much mint, with all original packaging, but that's still a great store price. Having seen how much they were selling another mint kit for, I'd hoped I might get in that ball park. Turns out I did. Win!
Anyway, so the deal they put on the table was my 3100 kit plus £300 for the D7000, a 70-300mm Nikon AF, and a bunch of extra goodies (spare batteries, charging kit, cleaners). I couldn't refuse. It's a fantastic deal. The D7000 regularly sells on eBay and Amazon for £500-550. The D3100 has been fetching around £200 on both.
It's a cool camera. Very similar to the 3100, but with a bunch of extra, mid-level features. It's got a lot more controls, too. Got to get to grips with it. The only negative is it's kind of showing the shortcomings of my lenses a bit more. Certainly I need auto-focusing lenses.
I went out to photograph Pride with it today. First time I've been out with a camera in a long time. It wasn't smart move for a first time with a new camera and being so rusty. Still, it got me out photographing things. Hardly got any decent shots. These were the only ones I came close to liking.
Brian Cranston is gay, in Brighton, and dressed as some sort of American highway cop.
All of those were taken with some god-awful Tokina 28mm 2.8. It's awful, and practically falling apart. Must replace it.
Rep for gay Walter White.
Your photos looks great, man, and that's a great score on the camera. The photographer I'm working with is trying to talk me into buying a used D7000 so I can use his Nikon lenses for weddings, but I don't think I could afford that, and I don't think I want to sell my Canon gear to move to Nikon. We use his when we do bar photos and it's really solid, and focuses great in the bad light there. Wait 'til you get used to the top LCD - I look at it constantly now and couldn't live without it. I use the back button for AF, and use the shutter button half-press to meter; I'll be walking somewhere to shoot, and I can just glance down at the top LCD and press the shutter button to meter, and adjust my settings with that instead of having to stop and hold the camera up to my face. It sounds pretty insignificant, but it really changed how I shoot when I'm moving quickly.
What lenses have you got right now? I've got the Sigma 17-50 2.8 and I'm really happy with it. I'm pretty sure they had a big price drop on their non-Global Vision lenses, so you should be able to pick up their older ones for a lot cheaper. I'd love a small handful of primes, but I'd get more use out of a second body and a 70-200 right now.