The Myths and spirit of Nikon D7100
From D300s to D7100. What's better.
- AutoISO auto shutter speed
- Great, great 1.3x crop
- Bracketing with 2 EV step
- Definitely better focus tracking
- Rangefinder in viewfinder <o>
- AF sensitivity
- General responsiveness
- Stereo microphone and any video mode you ever need with greatest quality.
- Ergonomics and usage
- OK button placed inside navigation wheel.
- New rubber parts most likely not tend to stripe out
- Smaller camera bag needed
- Bottom plate have large recesses for sturdy holding of battery grip
- Your favorite fixes will become 2-in-1. As if you got 1,3x convertor. 12-24 just reach to normal 50mm equivalent, 70-300 becomes 135-600. 28 acts as normal lens (42 mm eq.) both light telephoto (55mm eq.)
- With 1.3 crop mode you can make very light kit with 1-2 fixes.
- One-hand holding with small lenses is possible.
- Shutter sound more dumped and less annoying.
- Stealthy look grabs less attention
- Exceptional color restore for night photography.
- Very detailed photo for landscape
- Set Auto ISO speed (100-12800) and forget it when using zooms indoors or for sports
- Overall more handy controls, including auto ISO on-off
- Speed and burst improvements with 14-bit RAW
What I don't care about and you shouldn't
- Continuous speed
- File size
- Battery life
- Hi-ISO graininess
- color LCD screen
- It is nice but I'd easily accept 320*240 in change of D300 type viewfinder information
- video modes
- They are good but I don't worry if there was only 640*480.
Because all this fears aren't worth a rotten egg
Why not D7000?
D7000 while being solid body inherits some bad habits from D70-D90 line.
- Mode dial without lock.
- No focus point zoom in OK button
- Previous generation and less capable AF
Honestly I don't even look at D7000 because of its mode dial.
From D7100 to D300s (back to...)
What's looking worse?
- No rubber foot
- No settings bank
- Unused cumbersome mode dial instead of useful buttons.
- Viewfinder presumably leaks light so need a cap while on tripod (only if strong light directed to VF)
- You looking just as amateur with that camera.
- You cannot shoot video 640x480
- Red sign now cheap plastic instead of luxury rubber.
- Rubber used had cheapy feeling.
What I really miss?
- Viewfinder shows only ISO, photo counter or buffer counter once a time.
- Top LCD show less info. No focus point icon. No exposure compensation scale.
- Body solidness.
Now you need a hammer to bang in small nails or use it as lever or doorstop. New camera can't do it while with D300s I do these things occasionally. Also I used D300s body as support while climbing small rocks. Need more care with D7100. But I still have D300s for that loads...
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