Today I say good bye and thank you to an old friend.

It was a fabulous five year run with my Nikon D7000. Now let’s say hello to the D750.

Way back in June of 2012 I bought a Nikon D7000 to replace my aging D70. That camera went on to a new life with a great friend. Not one to enter into a new thing timidly, I immediately put the new camera to the test by shooting another great friend’s wedding the next week.

Talk about a trial by fire.

Well, here we are, 186,176 shutter actuations later which averages out to over 700 images a week, by the way. That’s a remarkable amount of pictures.

We had our ups and downs over the years but it worked wonderfully. I put it through hell. We’ve been in sub zero winter conditions – also known as going home during winter. We’ve been neck deep in the ocean riding the waves for that perfect portrait shot. We’ve been in sweltering heat for weddings and countless other places/situations.

Lately, though, well it was starting to show it’s age. The second card slot stopped working. The shutter button was getting finicky. Plus, in this age of digital cameras, it was Methuselah in terms of technology. I found myself renting another camera when it came to covering bigger events that needed high end images and using the D7000 as a second camera or as backup.

It was time.

So I did my research and decided to go with the Nikon D750. It was the perfect match for my needs. Only after getting it did I realize it continued the line of working with D7 series cameras. Granted, the D70 and D7000 were cropped sensor cameras and the D750 was my first full frame camera but still. It had a nice sense of continuality to it.

So I placed the order and waited for the delivery person like a kid waiting for Santa Claus.

Me being me, I figured it would be great to go out with a bang with the D7000. I did a boudoir session plus a fitness super session the weekend before the arrival of the D750. You can see images from those sessions here on this page and at

Now that I have it, after a learning curve and adjustment, it will become my main camera. I’m truly excited about the potential this camera has and what it can do to my photographic game. What little I’ve used it so far has led me to believe that this will be a game changer for me.

The D7000 will be sent to Nikon for cleaning and then put in 2nd camera/back-up camera status. It will not be sold. It will join my Nikon N90s that I bought in 1993 in a place of honor on my shelf.

Shown here are two examples from my first gig with the D7000 followed by the last two shots I took with it as my primary camera. It has earned my respect and my admiration. Thank you, my friend.

Mark Knopp is a Virginia-Beach-based portrait photographer and photography teacher that covers the Hampton Roads community and beyond. Contact him today at for all your photographic needs.

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