Cameralabs D7100 review up: verdict...

Started Apr 19, 2013 | Discussions thread
Reilly Diefenbach
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Re: A couple more thoughts Reilly...
In reply to JimPearce, Apr 20, 2013

JimPearce wrote:

The ISOs on the D7100 are about 1/4 stop lower than the D7000 by dxomark's measure - again very comparable to the D300 (Likely the D7100 should be shot about 1/3 stop hotter than the D7000 for lowest noise - and this definitely would cause issues for studio comparisons.). As with the D300 this seems to translate into relatively more highlight headroom. But the pixel level DR is more than one stop better than the D300, and .3 to .4 stops better than the D7000 (at ISOs from 200 to 1600)! The long and the short of it is that I'm finding that the D7100 just shrugs off a few blinkies in the whites. Another thing I'm finding with my body is that the matrix metering is very accurate - a good thing if you practice ETTR. Anyway, this is my advice: shoot it like you have no exposure slider in your editor.

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Jim

Thanks, Jim.  So there you have another one to add to your check list, fence sitters and bemused decision makers.  More accurate metering to go with more detail, higher contrast and color, better focusing, and the whole shootin' match.

I'll throw in a little further tidbit here regarding frugality.  I'm very much in favor.  Upgrading to every new model doesn't cost much once you're on the merry go round.  About $13 a month after the initial buyin for upper level DX.  If you wait too long, your five year old model is not worth much.  Learn how to do a good listing on Ebay or Craigslist with well lit, sharp photos and you'll get top dollar.  Upgrade right after the change of model and you'll do fine.

Most of you probably spend much more than $13 monthly on smart phones and the attendant apps and gizmos, so measure your commitment to photographic excellence accordingly.  I've used a Krzr flip phone on Consumer Cellular the last 5 years, which has allowed me to bank more than enough to do the D800e and the 14-24.  My texting is terrible, but my pics are way sharp.

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