The Myths and spirit of Nikon D7100

What do you need to use these new cameras from Nikon?

Equipment

  • Speedy and large cards
    • Sandisk 95 MB/s 64 GB. Or at least 45 MB/s but no less.
  • Spare battery for whole day shooting
  • 4-core computer with plenty of RAM and storage
  • Use MB-D15 battery grip to increase stability

Training

Train your handholding technics to avoid smash

Lens usage

I've used Nikkor AF-S 50 and AF-S 28 fixes, Tokina 124, Sigma 17-70 HSM, Tamron 28-75 and Nikkor 70-300VR

All lenses show its bests with D7100. Only AF-S50 at f/1.4-2.0, 28-75 at f/2.8 and AF-S70-300VR at 300mm f/5,6 were actually outresolved by too high pixel density. All other lens and F-number combinations show distinguishable increase in resolution, at least in large center area.

Optimum resolution reached at f/5.6 and at f/8 you already see diffraction caused loss of resolution.

So you can use just any lenses which bests at f/5.6. 18-105VR is silly when paired with D7100, because it reaches maximum resolution at f/11. Also super-ultrazooms will suck.

Resume

Well, D7100 isn't rumored D4x or D4 with D600's sensor.

Both holding and shooting with D7100 makes tons of pleasure to you and with some intermediate skills I DON'T MISS SINGLE PHOTO from 2500+ shoots in 2 weeks. Seriously, from 1st shot it never produced technically unsuitable picture in any possible condition.

It fits all my needs as:

  • point and shoot camera for Sunday walking
  • reportage (including wedding)
  • portrait and product shot
  • landscape and cityscape
  • street and family photo

Even before D7100 I've feel that only D4x will fits all my needs in single body. Now with D7100 at hand I can easily wait for D4x and never feel myself sorrowful because of missed photo opportunity of better cameras.

Because D7100 is worthy enough just not to look at D600/D800 for general photography. Or be good complementary to D4-D800 for working pro.

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Comments

Total comments: 10
vestay
By vestay (Apr 28, 2013)

D700 is the same as a D300s??? really? I have both and there is no comparison.

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krikman
By krikman (Apr 28, 2013)

In sense of handling they nearly identical

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Stacey_K
By Stacey_K (Apr 28, 2013)

Just FYI, the D7000 does have configurable auto ISO that works well.

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krikman
By krikman (Apr 28, 2013)

AFAIK Auto-ISO in D7000 don't take account of focal lenght.

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slowhand73
By slowhand73 (Apr 27, 2013)

Nice review. Thanks.
You were wondering :
Small rubber opening to battery compartment near battery cover.

Isn't that just the cover for battery grip electric contacts ?

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SverreE
By SverreE (Apr 26, 2013)

Thank you for a nice review. I come from D300 and are very happy with my D7100.

The only thing i didn't understand is why you don't want resolution? At the same time you enjoy 1.3 crop and high ISO improvements...

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krikman
By krikman (Apr 26, 2013)

Because I print large formats 42" wide and 6MP D40 was well enough with right lens. Perception of clarity by our eyes have little to do with resolution of camera but mostly with photographer's skill (And lens, and subject, and lighting etc.).

Yet another reason is that I purposely miss IQ aspects and concentrate review on handling and getting the right picture.

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
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krikman
By krikman (Apr 26, 2013)

Try to use camera instead of "seeing samples"

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TITCHY
By TITCHY (Apr 26, 2013)

yeah, I reckon wearing rose tinted fanboy sunglasses can do that to you .
In my oppinion , the D7100 is a pretty ordinary DSLR compared to its competition ,but with an excellent sensor up to ISO 1600 , 99% of the samples I have seen above that have all had dissapointingly unaccepteble noise .

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BlueBomberTurbo
By BlueBomberTurbo (Apr 26, 2013)

Yeah, it can look a bit, uh, crinkled (very minor noise) at lower ISOs, but it's finer and more consistent noise than the DSLRs before it. Especially at high ISO. Easy to use noise reduction without using too much detail, especially with software that uses custom profiles like Neat Photo. Color retention is amazing at ISO 6400, too. Coming from a D7000 (like I did) is even a significant step up in quality.

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