hands-on review of the D7100

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hands-on review of the D7100
Mar 15, 2013

Got the D7100 yesterday.  Had a chance to take some shots.  Here is my partial review: http://betterfamilyphotos.blogspot.com/2013/03/nikon-d7100-hands-on-real-world-review.html

Some highlights:

The D7100 does have the option to change the effect of exposure compensation on flash exposure, just like the D4 and D600.

In live view, the OK button can be customized to zoom 100% instead of resetting the AF point.

Shadow recovery does show horizontal pattern noise at extreme settings >+3.5EV.

Comments and suggestions welcome.

Best regards,

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Excellent review, thanks for putting in the time!

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Thanks much for your work! Very informative and unbiased. Looking forward to "part 2".

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Thanks guys!

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A very good writeup indeed. Click through to the full size 600X4000 jpgs.  Woo hoo!

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Thanks, looks great. Cant wait to get one... all sold out at the moment.

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Terrific review - thank you so much!!!

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Rich Dykmans wrote:

Excellent review, thanks for putting in the time!

Ditto, thanks for the effort.

(going to make my weekend just a wee bit longer though.....mine is scheduled for Monday delivery)

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creaDVty wrote:

Got the D7100 yesterday. Had a chance to take some shots. Here is my partial review: http://betterfamilyphotos.blogspot.com/2013/03/nikon-d7100-hands-on-real-world-review.html

Some highlights:

The D7100 does have the option to change the effect of exposure compensation on flash exposure, just like the D4 and D600.

In live view, the OK button can be customized to zoom 100% instead of resetting the AF point.

Shadow recovery does show horizontal pattern noise at extreme settings >+3.5EV.

Comments and suggestions welcome.

Best regards,

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Enjoyed your straight forward review of the D7100.

You go right to the point without apologizing for the manufacturer.

I bookmaked your link.

Looking forward to part 2.

Sincere thanks.  I get mine March 19.

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creaDVty wrote:

Got the D7100 yesterday. Had a chance to take some shots. Here is my partial review: http://betterfamilyphotos.blogspot.com/2013/03/nikon-d7100-hands-on-real-world-review.html

One of the best (if not THE best) user reviews I've ever read! Clear, concise, to the point, interesting content, meticulous, fluent  expressive style and language. Certainly makes the reader feel the time spent reading it was worthwhile. I look forward to more..

WELL DONE and THANK YOU

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creaDVty wrote:

Got the D7100 yesterday. Had a chance to take some shots. Here is my partial review: http://betterfamilyphotos.blogspot.com/2013/03/nikon-d7100-hands-on-real-world-review.html

Some highlights:

The D7100 does have the option to change the effect of exposure compensation on flash exposure, just like the D4 and D600.

In live view, the OK button can be customized to zoom 100% instead of resetting the AF point.

Shadow recovery does show horizontal pattern noise at extreme settings >+3.5EV.

Comments and suggestions welcome.

Best regards,

Mic

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are you saying the D7100 allows me to disconnect the overriding EC between the body to the flash ?   that I can set the flash ec independently ...and the body will not override my input like the D7000 always does ???

If so, then you just made my day !!

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Like many other posters, I thank you as well for your very comprehensive first evaluation......it sure seems like a keeper    : )

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creaDVty wrote:

Shadow recovery does show horizontal pattern noise at extreme settings >+3.5EV.

Is this by chance noticeable with ADL at extra-high in lifted shadows?

Then the D7000 is better when lifting shadows heavily?

Nice review btw!

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creaDVty wrote:

Got the D7100 yesterday. Had a chance to take some shots. Here is my partial review: http://betterfamilyphotos.blogspot.com/2013/03/nikon-d7100-hands-on-real-world-review.html

Some highlights:

The D7100 does have the option to change the effect of exposure compensation on flash exposure, just like the D4 and D600.

In live view, the OK button can be customized to zoom 100% instead of resetting the AF point.

Shadow recovery does show horizontal pattern noise at extreme settings >+3.5EV.

Comments and suggestions welcome.

Best regards,

Mic

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are you saying the D7100 allows me to disconnect the overriding EC between the body to the flash ? that I can set the flash ec independently ...and the body will not override my input like the D7000 always does ???

If so, then you just made my day !!

Read the review...thank you !!   My question...so I can adjust my body ambient exposure...and then dial in (adjust/ec) the flash so that 2/3 of the light comes from ambient, and 1/3 from flash ??  That's what I did w Canon in my wedding work.  Thx for your answer.

J.

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I am on a waiting list...yes !!   in Canada.

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Thanks for the review look forward in reading more soon.

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_sem_ wrote:

Is this by chance noticeable with ADL at extra-high in lifted shadows?

Then the D7000 is better when lifting shadows heavily?

Nice review btw!

Not sure if he had ADL on but I've seen the same degree of banding with D5200/D7100 images with ADL off. Yes, this represents a step backwards from the D7000/D5100.

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Yes!!!  You decide whether changing the exposure compensation affects flash exposure!

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I would agree that the D7000 is better for massive shadow lifting, but would take the tradeoff for much higher res and better mids for sure, not to mention all the other upgrades.  Not too many times I would ever go more than 2 stops or even that far pullling shadows.

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