Cameralabs D7100 review up: verdict...

Started Apr 19, 2013 | Discussions thread
Richard
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Re: Cameralabs D7100 review up: verdict...
In reply to mosswings, Apr 21, 2013

mosswings wrote:

Richard wrote:

Well I have been waiting for a FF since the original 5d and have not purchased one. The price and the upgrades have not been enough for me to buy one yet over my current crop sensor cameras. I don't think there is that much of an upgrade from the D90. D800 or the upgrade to the D300 might be enough, it would depend on what you shoot. It would not be a big enough of a jump for me D90 to D7100.

The differences lie in the smoothness of the final image and a fairly clear 1 to 1.3 stop advantage in the 400-3200 ISO range.  I don't shoot at ISO 100, where there's essentially no advantage; At ISO 800 and above, the fine grain noise structure of the D7100 (and the D7000) actually do confer an IQ advantage, although in no way as effortless as FF would.

Unless you are a professional and print big, you will never notice this noise difference in print. Unless you have customers that scrutinize at the pixel level on a monitor, it won't make any difference.

I consider the D7100 an better 12MP camera than the D90 is - the extra resolution provides more post processing options and reduced noise levels.

I would say a tiny amount of noise difference and what other processing options? Cropping, maybe but again I would say people would probably see a bigger differences in the camera if you were upgrading from a D7100 or a D90 to a D300 upgrade camera say the D400. D90 to 7100 is baby steps.

not a D7000; have no intention of going full frame for reasons of weight and bulk;

If you want to go telephoto with better AF, faster glass you are going to increase weight. Same with FF, IMHO they are both worth it.

Yes, and no.  In the midrange where I mostly work, there's a clear size and weight advantage between a 17-50 or 17-70 (not the 17-55 nikkor, bloated thing that it is) and a 24-70 f2.8 FF.  All I usually use is an f4-5.6 70-300 for tele.  Travel photogs don't often venture beyond 85mm.

Travel photogs probably need no more than 12 mp or a d90, unless you are a traveling pro photojournalist. Who are you going to be selling your photogs to? Or are you going to post them on the web

and for reasons of ergonomy and field-maintainability don't consider the D5200 an option.  However, if when buy time comes the funds just aren't there to upgrade, I still know how well the D90 performs in day-to-day shooting - very well indeed.  In fact, a lot of photogs are shelling out big bucks for OMD EM5s to obtain the performance we D90 owners have been enjoying since 2008.

Another reason not to upgrade. Upgrade when they update the D300. I have to believe the D7100 came out first and the upgrade to the D300 will come out second. Good marketing strategy.

The D400 will come out, but I see no real reason for it as it will be a pro body camera which is a total pain to carry about all day.  What I'm really hoping for is a mirrorless APS-C from Nikon that I can use my legacy lenses on and shrink the kit down when I want to go light.  It'll be here in a generation or two.

If that is what you are looking for, smaller size in the camera body, that may be something worthy of upgrade but if all your lenses work with it. Lens size is not going to reduce thus you are probably better off at looking at another brand or another system. But your D90 will do everything a d7100 or a 4/3rds system.

Looking at your gallery, those images are re-sized down. so any fine grain noise is reduced, any resolution is reduced to a web sized image, I don't see any advantages for a new camera there. You may even argue that FF would not help you since you are not doing bokey or wide angle stuff.

But that is my opinion. I see a lot of people with gear way past their needs, requirements or what they use it for. Now if you said, I want it because I want it and just want a new camera and I can afford it. You can't argue with that.

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