Cameralabs D7100 review up: verdict...

Started Apr 19, 2013 | Discussions thread
mosswings
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Re: What many aren't honest enough to themselves to admit....
In reply to Jared Huntr, Apr 19, 2013

Jared Huntr wrote:

Shunda77 wrote:

The simple truth is that unless you have a regular use for the resolution and powerful focus point system, the D7000 and D5100 effectively offer equivalent image quality to the new cameras for a bargain basement price.

It would seem that the prior generation is still very much in the game, and this is nothing but good for enthusiast photographers.

If you base decision making primarily on image quality, then it's hard to justify the extra cost of the new camera bodies compared to the extra glass you could buy along with an older body.

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...is that after all the pixel peeping and academic comparisons of IQ, in the actual image sizes that the owners publish and print their personal pictures for consumption, the incremental IQ offered by the D7100 is virtually non-existent and unecessary.

Which can of course be turned around to say, with equal accuracy, that high-resolution cameras require shooting at lower apertures for maximum resolution, and that therefore older schools of thought about general purpose shooting practices need updating.  "F8 and be there", appropriate for FF cameras and the 10MP DX generation, now needs to be "F5.6 and be there", and we need to be more cognizant of what that implies, for both DOF and lens quality.  There is a reason why landscape photographers move up to MF or tilt-shift lenses.

But again, this plays to Shunda's point that all the implications of higher resolution need to be fully considered before upgrading.

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