Just published: Our in-depth Nikon D7100 review

Started Apr 25, 2013 | Discussions thread
jpdenk Contributing Member • Posts: 819
Re: They did

Reilly Diefenbach wrote:

As a D800e owner, I can say without any question that there is a major practical difference on each and every shot I take compared to the D7000 I owned and put 30K shots on.  It's not subtle or hard to spot at all.  It's there in the slamming color intensity and delicate airy filigreed details visible at any magnification, not just pixel peeping time.  It's breathtaking, and a dream come true for one who has done the whole gamut from Brownie to 4X5 and each stop along the digital path.

You guys will get it sooner or later, when you upgrade and your whole perception of what is sharp and what isn't will get moved up a major notch.  The fact that Nikon has come alarmingly close to the D800 with the D7100 is a great achievement, one which will evidently take some time to appreciate.  There's nothing new here.  Just as the D7000 did for the D90, so the D7100 will do for the 16MP cameras.

I took a look at your gallery, wonderful photos, very well done, nice and sharp even at full resolution, but regarding sharpness, I have much older camera bodies, a D70 and a D90, and sharpness is not an issue with them. When I do everything right and particularly when I shoot NEF's, I get superb sharpness, needle-sharp with fine detail even when pixel-peeping at 100% magnification, so I have to respectfully disagree with your statement regarding sharpness. If I get a chance later today, I'll upload some full resolution examples.

And color is outstanding with both my bodies, as long as exposure is good. I'd give the D800 a slight edge in noise at full resolution, of course, but it's not that big a difference.

Perhaps the older bodies require a bit more work to get the best results from them, but they can produce excellent image quality, not significantly inferior to the current models, in my opinion.


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