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First Wedding with the Nikon D7000: Jason and Martine

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I received a Nikon D7000 last Thursday in anticipation of a wedding on the same Saturday.  Two days is not the most optimal time to test new gear, but having owned or used a number of Nikon consumer DSLR bodies (D40, D5000, D90) I figured it would be an easy learning curve – and it was!

My second camera body, the Nikon D300s, sports a heavier and more rugged pro-body construction and the controls for Quality, White Balance and ISO are in a decidedly different position.  At first, I thought that this difference would prove to be confusing… But honestly, you just have to have confidence that you CAN learn to use TWO cameras.  Does a soldier only know how to use one gun?

The D7000 produces astonishingly clean and detailed results at high ISOs, into 3200.  For reference, I shoot RAW and process in Lightroom 3, which boasts a very good noise reduction engine as well.

Here are 16 shots, from that weekend winter wedding.  8 from the D300s, and 8 from the D7000.  If you recognize the couple, Jason and Martine, it’s because their fall engagement session has been on for a while!  Fun, spontaneous, and so loving, these two were always smiling.  Combined with a light-flooded, classic reception hall and THE BEST FOOD EVAR!!1!!1  What more could I possibly need?  A camera that delivers up to ISO4000!  🙂  The D7000 meets that challenge nicely.  Most of the shots from the d7000 below are over ISO1250, up to ISO2000.

The D7000 is now *image quality-wise* my camera of choice. D300s still wins on ergonomics, build and handling.

Lenses used: Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 VC, Tokina 50-135mm f/2.8, Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Macro (ring shot only)

D7000, ISO1250

D7000, ISO2000

D7000, ISO1250

D7000, ISO1200

D7000, ISO1600

D7000, ISO800

These shots and more in an upcoming gallery on!
I did a wedding the weekend AFTER this too, so I have some more D7000 samples coming soon.

21 Comments Post a comment
  1. Fantastic! This is making me think of replacing the macro lens I lost to water damage (rrrg). Still plenty of details, especially in people’s hair in some of these shots, even at those stratospheric ISOs. The D7K is crop sensor gold bro.

    February 7, 2011
  2. I’m gonna have such a time with this macro come spring too! Tammy’s optics are flawless!!! and for a sub $400, FX compatible lens… man, I love that lens.

    February 8, 2011
  3. Jenny #

    Awesome shoot!! Okay, so my favorite is a toss-up between the ever so romatical *foreheads touching* shot, and the *juicy steak* shot. Both made my heart melt! (TeeHee!)Seriously though, the b/w of the two of them is really special. And the quality of these images are GORGEOUS!!

    February 8, 2011
    • Ohhhhh that slab of roasted grill seared meat with sliced crisp potatoes au jus with roast peppers and dabbled tart steak sauce… AMAZING. 🙂

      Thanks Jen!

      February 8, 2011
  4. Jenny #

    Okay. Now I’m hungry.

    February 8, 2011
  5. John #

    What outstanding light! What an outstanding lens! What an oustanding camera!!

    February 8, 2011
  6. John #

    and of course, an outstanding photographer.

    February 8, 2011
  7. Martine aka Da Bride #

    Josh you’re the man! I can’t wait to see the rest. Granted I look a bit devious in the second picture but hey my hair still looks good. Don’t judge me. Thanks Josh again. Your talent amazes me. 🙂

    February 9, 2011
    • Devious shmevious! Haha, you looked great all day! Can’t wait to present the entire album soon. 🙂

      February 9, 2011
  8. Looking forward more D7000 photos. 🙂

    February 21, 2011
  9. Excellent Work Josh! well Done!
    I’ll come back for the rest.

    February 26, 2011
    • Thanks very much! The final gallery is done and will be in the portfolio section soon!

      February 26, 2011
  10. Eric Calabros #

    well, all events are not in such light-flooded place!
    wish you would test D7000 with some FX nikon lenses.

    April 14, 2011
    • That’s definitely true – Sorry I missed approving this comment a while back.

      Since then, I have continued to use the D7000 in all manner of event situation, most notably this follow up wedding:

      70 more pics, mostly shot all indoors on ISO800 and above, many with the Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D lens, which is an FX lens. 🙂
      Hope that’s helpful!

      May 7, 2011
  11. Siobhan #

    May I inquire as to what light source you were using later in the evening during the dance? Or was it still a light flooded room with great iso? Fantastic photos!

    November 21, 2011
    • Thank you!

      Main light source later in the evening was a hotshoe-mounted Nikon SB-900 speedlight, bounced behind me and to an angle. You can see the effect on the three little girls in this post. I still used this bounced flash even while the room was full of light, as I can cut down the brightness from the windows a little bit and provide more of my own controllable light. 🙂 Thanks so much for your comment!

      November 21, 2011
  12. Nice pictures. Im shooting with a d7000 to and this summer i´ll shoot weddings with d7000.

    May 1, 2012
    • Thanks Mattias!

      This is the old blog. To view and comment on the new blog, be sure to visit

      Have fun with your D7000!

      May 1, 2012

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