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Old Oct 11, 2002, 7:05 PM   #11
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If I was to pick, I would chose the D7i since it's much closer to an SLR than a 5700 (ie manual zoom, and direct manual focus ring overide). If this camera is to lose 1/2 of its value over the next 6-12 months one would lose ~$300-400 top!

A dSLR is not just a few hundred dollars , but much more if you figure in the 2 lenses that'll cover the 28-200mm range! unless one already has the lenses, then it's at least around 1k lost when the next bodies come along (and they will!). Unless you make a living out of it, all cameras are toys, and some are more expensive than others. One just has to set the right priority:

http://www.steves-digicams.com/smp/07212002.html

With regard to EVFs, once one get used to them, they actually have a few benefit like WYSIWYG, real-time histogram, magnifying aid during focusing, as well as a night vision enhancement (especially with the D7i). Plus theses cameras are much lighter!

It's a personal decision I think to get by until a full-frame dSLR like the DCS14n reaches an affordable range...
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Thanks, NHL. Good article by Mike Johnston. Makes you stop and think. Regarding the D7i I've heard from others that it doesnt measure up to the 5700, although I like the physical appearance and feel of the camera, the 5700 is too small and feels like a toy. Decisions, decisions, decisions. Maybe I'll just stick with my CP995.
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There's no doubt the 5700 is built like a tank, but even though the D7i looks plasticky it's also built out of the same metal alloy material! The D7 series do have much more features and handle more like an SLR than the 5700 though.

Go and try it out. Only you can make the decision. It looks like some old postings got deleted otherwise I could refer you back to some of the discussions between 5700 vs D7i: http://www.stevesforums.com/phpBB2/v...19db81a7#13269
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I went in to buy a 5700 and left with a D100. it was a lot more money when all is said and done, but the added flexibility of interchangable lenses was the deciding factor for me. I got very used to an SLR with my Olympus E-10. I am just a shlock photographer, taking pics of my kids in sports and around the house. But I love the D100 and bought a Tamron 28-300 zoom and a Nikon 50mm 1.4 prime. I have taken pics with the 5700 and there is truly no comparison. However, the difference between $1000 and closer to $2700(with lenses) is nothing to sneaze at. I was somewhat anxious when I read about the Sigma SD9 and the new Olydak and 14MP cameras at photokina, but for the thousands of pics I have now of my family, waiting would have been a mistake. If convenience is a big issue, and price, the 5700 is a great camera, as is the Olympus 730 (3 MP with a 10X zoom). If you like to obsess about this stuff, the D100 is the way to go. Everything goes down in price, but you have to jump on board sooner or later. Good luck.
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The D7i doesn't hold a flame next to the 5700. It is not fair to compare the two. The camera is a plastic TOY. If you want to get serious about d.photography, do yourselves a favor and get the 5700.
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Did you take a Voltmeter and ohm out the metal body of the D7's or are you telling everyone here your biaised ignorance?

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