Once in a while there is a need to put down the weighty, robust and beautiful D3s and f/2.8 lenses in exchange for something a little more universal.
For a recent trekking assignment on the Kokoda Trail in PNG (Keep your eyes out in up and coming issues of Australian Geographic Outdoor Magazine) I wanted to trial a more ‘prosumer’ DSLR and lens kit, enabling a simple lens-body combo with the ability to do all I need for magazine requirements while limiting size and weight.
For the PNG assignment I chose the Nikon D7000, AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR and took a small P7000 as my point and shoot back-up (both able to shoot 1080p video).
But the surprise is that this little D7000 combo is not only great for traveling, but is super adept at fitting in with everyday use and so I decided on my return from PNG (You will see the PNG photos once they are published in the mag) to take my new favourite combo to the zoo and see how it handled consumer use.
Well all I have to say is that this little combination of camera and lens is by no means limited to a consumer kit, nor is it a prosumer kit… it has the ability to vary from point and shoot to fully manual and professional use (including cover resolution and clarity) and even works as a usable wildlife lens due to the 28-300’s far reach on a DX sized sensor.
I will talk more on the robustness and weatherproofing on the magnesium alloy D7000 body when I release the Kokoda images but for the mean time, here are a few wildlife happy snaps… using Nikon D7000, AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, Adobe Photoshop lightroom, Silver Effex Pro and PhotoFrame 4.6 Professional Edition.