In the olden days, I roamed the paddock area of various race tracks with two or three cameras slung around my neck. Film camera bodies were the cheapest part of my system, so I’d carry three Nikon FMs or two Nikon 8008s, feeling like I was ready for anything. Since I went digital, I haven’t been able to afford a second camera body, but thanks to some luck in Reno last week, along with some impulsive “investing,” I now own a Nikon D7000 to supplement my beloved Nikon D300. Or, as I suspect may be the case, I have a new primary camera and my D300 will become a back-up body. Because if the first hundred frames are any indication, the D7000 produces high ISO images far cleaner than my D300.
I carried both bodies to Ojai Day, our community’s annual celebration of itself. I used the D300 for my actual assignment that day – another press image of Steve Grumette. Here are some of the images that have me marveling at the D7000’s sensor.