I will be starting to work on a stop motion project and while I read a lot of great comments and suggestions camera-wise I still would love some input from you guys whose advise I will greatly appreciate.
The current setup I have is a D7000 / Sigma DG 70-300mm1:4-5.6 / Vivitar 2XMC7 AF / Tokina AT-X PRO / Sigma DC 18-250mm 1:35-6.3 HSM
I'm waiting on my ordered Dragonframe but in the meantime I've been sort of shopping kind of in the market for a new camera/set up which is where I'd love your help, what would you change/add on the current setup?
ps.- Budget of 3K
Thank you in advance
This is a Nikon D7000?
I don't know the current Nikon models, but when I first switched from film to digital I used a Nikon D70. I bought a couple of manual lenses, and used them partly unscrewed so the iris would stay stopped down to where I set it, instead of opening up between shots like they normally do. (to avoid one cause of flicker, variations in exposure caused by the lens not always stopping down all the way in time.) I would do the same with a current Nikon. I switched to Canon to get Live View, because at the time they would go longer with live view running before shutting themselves off to avoid overheating than Nikons would. so now I use the same Nikon lenses (28mm and 55mm micro) with Nikon-to-Canon lens adapters on a Canon 7d. Live Preview resolution is also a little higher with some Canons than with Nikons, and for small moves that helps. (Nikon D7000 is 640 x 426. My Canon 7d is 1056 x 704 pixels.) The resolution of the final frames is more than big enough with all DSLRs, even my old 6 megapixel D70.
If you look on the Dragonframe website, they have a section on compatible cameras, and how to set them up. Here's the info on your D7000: https://www.dragonframe.com/camera-setup/nikon_d7000/ It is supported, and you could certainly use it. I'd try it with Dragonframe before getting a new camera.
Once I get a camera that works, I use it for a few years, and new models come out all the time, so I lose track of current models pretty quickly.
If your lenses have a manual exposure ring on the lens where you can set the f-stop, they should be suitable. You don't want the camera trying to do auto exposure, it will keep making small changes every time you go in front of the camera, then changing back but not exactly. Same with focus, if it is an AF lens you need to be able to turn off the AF so the focus stays put. You also have to switch off anything in the menus that is trying to be "helpful" and making adjustments to improve your photos - what matters for stop motion is that every frame is consistent.