D5100 to [D5300 / D7100 / D610]

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D5100 to [D5300 / D7100 / D610]
5 months ago

I am currently using a D5100. I travel frequently and love how I can put a 10-24, [35 1.8 or 40 2.8 macro], 85 1.8 and a [50mm 1.8 or SB 400] in my bag. I have a few issues with the D5100 and no clear path seems to fit all my needs.

Happy with:

• Size and low-key appearance of this package while traveling.

• Lens choices that are with me

• I don’t really need a fast lens for the wide angle

• Surprised how handy the articulating screen can be.

Issues:

• Performance at 3200+ Iso.

• Some of my primes could use a touch of fine tuning.

• Viewfinder is tiny

• Weather sealing is not mandatory, but missed

Solutions

D5300

• There is a small boost in performance from the D5100, and the increased pixel count helps with the grain and when using Topaz Denoise.

• The viewfinder is also slightly better

• Use the same bag and small setup that I know I like.

• Even larger articulating screen

– No fine tune function

– No weathersealing

? When you send your camera and lenses to Nikon to get the fine tune sorted out, do they just move them to “spec?”

? Does the 39 point autofocus help with missed shots and low light focus hunting?

Solution

D7100

• Similar boost in performance as the D5300 (minus banding)

• Better viewfinder than the D5X00 series

• A widely regarded autofocus

• Fine tune

– Will need to use the larger retrospective 7 bag. I am uncertain whether this would work for me or would be too large.

Solution

D610

• Full stop of ISO performance over the D7100/D5300

• Better viewfinder than the D7100/D5X00

• Fine tune

• Similarly sized to the D7100

• Full frame depth of field (F/4 is similar to the depth of field of a F/2.8 DX)

– Autofocus is crammed in the center.

– Will need to use the larger retrospective 7 bag. I am uncertain whether this would work for me or would be too large.

? Since the depth of field in a FX camera is different than DX (F/4 FX = F/2.8 DX), the little kit lens could be pretty handy.

Nikon D5100 Nikon D5300 Nikon D610 Nikon D7100
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