a longtime d7000 & d5100 user's thoughts

Started Jan 12, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: a longtime d7000 & d5100 user's thoughts
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ocean76 wrote:

Hi to you all,

I have been a long time d7000 user and although I really love it's features I can say that I have never admired it's image quality..
When I first learned that d7000 is going to be published I analyzed its features and said this is it: it is perfectly what I want and happily purchased it.But in generally it let me down in terms of image quality.(Ive been following these forums since 2010 and tried to read every single thread about d7000 soft focus problems, user errors, backfocusing problems and shared some of my problems in these threads.
Mako helped me a lot (thank you Mako) to solve some of my problems and Ive learned a lot from him)
I improved my holding sytle and focusing techniques and it truly effected the image quality but this was never a huge improvement indeed..and I always feeled the same thing: the image quality is not what it should be from such an expensive camera...

Then I purchased a 5100..After a few days of shooting, I surprised to see it's image quality although it is a cheaper and more lower camera...With less effort great great image quality..

In summary,I can say that, thru my experience, d7000 has better functions and features than 5100 but it's image quality is worser than 5100.. and the difference is big...
after my latest test, I have decided to sell my d7000 and upgrade to d600.
(Now I am trying to save money to afford it and I hope I can get it)
I hope I can feel its superiority when I first hold it in my hands like it happened with my d5100..
(I love my 5100 and will always keep it)
And I hope it won't let me down as it happened with my d7000.

below is my latest test:

2 photos; one belongs to d7000 and the other belongs to 5100.
both with the same nikkor 16-85 lens,
on the tripod
same f , same shutter , same iso
same distance to object, under same light
same picture control (standard-only sharpening is set to 5)
raw shootings (converted to jpeg in viewnx2 with no adjustments)
100% cropped views



d5100

d7000

Just wanted to share my feelings,
thank you

My thoughts:  I bought a D7000 (sold my D90 to fund it).  I got sharp beautiful images from it immediately, no soft pics, no "backfocus" issues.

I bought a D5100 the week it came out for its lighter weight for more handheld indoor shooting, knowing it had the D7000 sensor and was just as capable.  I found I had to set the cameras up a bit differently to get the results I wanted but both took great sharp pics.

I eventually sold the D7000 for more than I bought it for and kept the D5100.  And still love shooting with the D5100, what a great camera!

I've never thought of the D5100 as a "cheaper and lower" camera.  It is what it is.  Your two pics here show one of three things:  your D7000 was faulty and couldn't focus correctly (or your lens was faulty, who knows) or user error reared its ugly head again because there is no way in heck a "normal" D7000 takes a bad pic like your second image.

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