This may not be much of an upgrade for D7000 owners, but for those of us who are still holding on to our D90's it appears we have a truly worthy upgrade. High ISO noise control of the D7100 is light years ahead of the D90, and if you can't afford super bright professional glass, high ISO quality can make or break the photo.
backayonder: A new PRO DX lens to go on what exactly? Unless of course, no surely not really! Is it really coming?
I believe all of the FX cameras Nikon sells have a crop mode anyway.
io_bg: Could their next lens be a 10-16mm f/2.8?
I think what io_bg is trying to say is that if they're coming out with new additions to existing lenses then the extra 1mm wider on the 11-16mm would be a welcome change just as the 4mm longer reach is a welcome addition to the 12-24mm which I own and love.
andrew jansen: Mr Fartleberry, I agree. Would we only use a filter when the camera's own dynamic range capabilities are stretched by the scene? Or because the filter offers effects that the digital darkroom cannot replicate as well?I prefer to control my application of ND Grey filter once back in the digital darkroom thanks - at least there I can decide if a filter was called for, and in what position to place it, and how strongly to apply it.Not to mention the optical compromise of glass in front of glass, scratches, or dust settling, and the time taken to load the filter on. That is where Lightroom comes in. Shoot the scene when the moment is best, and do the rest back at home.
Now I am keen to hear from anyone who can help me understand why I should still cart most or all of my old filters around with me.
A comment like this just demonstrates your inexperience as a photographer. I use Photoshop, but there are many, many effects achieved using filters that cannot be duplicated by Photoshop, such as the long exposures ND filters give you. Also, which is a better use of your time: taking a few extra minutes to get a great shot using filters, or taking several hours of processing time trying to replicate the effect well in Photoshop.
Thank you for your great article. I especially appreciate the accompanying example photos since literally sometimes "a picture is worth a thousand words". I hope Dpreview keeps articles like this coming! Thanks.
Great article. I hope to see more like this from dpreview. I have to agree with the authors emphasis on patience. I live in the Andes mountains of Ecuador, and some of my shots were literally years in the making waiting for that perfect combination of weather and lighting. My best advice is to always be alert of the weather if you are taking landscapes near your home. Sometimes you can get a sense that it's going to be a great sunset by the look of the clouds in the afternoon. That's the time to start getting your gear ready to head out. Same thing goes for watching the cycles of the moon for night shots.
Thank you Giora, for the great insights. Since I live in the Andes of South America, I have great opportunities for amazing documentary-style images. Thank you for these insights. I would really appreciate it if you could share a little more detail about how you set up exposure before the shot and without looking through the viewfinder. Are you using the top LCD panel to get a meter reading, or have you just memorized the settings based on lighting conditions?