Why I chose the D7000, DX 10-24mm & DX 35mm f1.8 lens

This is a follow up of my other blog-post. You might want to read the other post first. It will help you understand this one better.

Everyone has a reason for doing things, that also goes for buying products. For me, buying a product, especially electronic products is the most frustrating thing to do in my entire life. Wondering why? Well, I'm never satisfied and always require more and more from each product I buy and because of that, I spend months reviewing a product before purchase. Also, with little or no money at all, my choices are very limited. So, mostly, I'll end up buying something with lesser features than I really wanted and regret buying it after some months.

Lets take for instance an example from 5 years ago, when I decided I to become a professional photographer. I started asking friends and photographers for their advice on which product I should buy. My first choice was the new Sony a100 camera, and I made my choice because it won the European award for the best startup DSLR camera of that year. Wrong choice, because no sooner I said that, people pounced on me saying that Sony camera's were new in the DSLR market and has very few lens choices on the market, even though every Minolta lens would work perfectly.

I had no other choice but to do a new research, the research took almost 2 years, and I finally decided to buy a Canon 450D, took it back after a week because I wanted more, I replaced it with the Canon 40D, which I returned a week later replacing it with the 50D. Very expensive, but it was affordable as I had a job. To be sincere, I was satisfied with it untill I lost my job two months later and had to sell the entire gear to pay my bills.

Now after 5 years and with a little bit of photography experience and no money at all, it was time to make a new purchase and work my way towards becoming what I've always wanted to become "A professional photographer". I started doing a research 18 months ago for my next purchase, and made a lot of final decisions on my way, but each decision turned out to be one of those shaky decisions I took in the past. Eventually, I decided to buy a Nikon d90 & a 18-200mm lens. I was certain those were exactly what I wanted till I heard that Nikon was bringing out the upgrade of the D90 a D7000, it would also cost +/- 25% more than the D90, but with tons of improvements & new features. Wow, tons of improvements and new features to a camera (D90) that was already one of Nikon's best camera's ever?! That sounded awesome and a good review confirmed that the D7000 was far more superior that it's predecessor, and it went further than that, it was also far more superior than the much expensive D300 & D300s, which are by the way Nikon's finest camera's in their category. So, reason enough to go for the D7000.

The AF-S DX Nikkor 10-24mm F3.5-4.5G ED lens is the widest angle lens ever produced by Nikon. That means, more of everything in one shot. It is perfect for users wanting to shoot scenes that require a wide angle perspective effect such as in a small room, or for shooting architecture and landscapes. Landscape, architecture, street photography & portraits are amongst the shortlist of things I'd like to specialize on. That list will get shorter till I discover where my passion lies. This is why I chose this particular lens.

The AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G lens is the newest & one of the cheapest prime-time DX lens Nikon offers. This lens is made especially for camera's in Nikons DX category, like the D60, D80, D90, d7000 etc... It's the perfect replica of the 50mm f1.8 lens that was made for Nikon's FX camera. It has a very large aperture f1.8 (very good in low light) and is also well built. It's a great lens for portrait photography and has an awesome blur effect too.