Dpreview Nikon Coolpix A compatative review published

Started Jun 6, 2013 | Discussions thread
marike6 Veteran Member • Posts: 5,088
Re: Nikon seems to have made a nice ~$700 Camera

AngryCorgi wrote:

dougjgreen1 wrote:

Unfortunately, they priced it WAY above $700.

Just for yucks, compare the features and capabilities of this camera to the similarly priced Nikon D7100.  Or the Nikon D5100 with a good wide prime.

Point me toward a "good wide prime" to mate up to the D5100 and we'll talk.  For now, nothing in the same price range exists, and definitely not at the optical performance level of the lens on the A.

On APS-C, it's tough to find a prime at 28mm.  If you don't mind a bit longer, the Nikon 35 1.8, Sigma 30 1.4, and Nikon 28 1.8G are all excellent lenses.  I have the 28 1.8G and it's one of the sharpest lenses I've ever owned.  But I use it on FF.  On a DX camera, it would be equivalent to a 42 1.8G with the 1.5 X crop.  But it's a highly recommended lens.

Something wider on APS-C, your best bet is actually on of the UWA zooms like the superb Tokina 11-16 2.8.  It's an incredibly sharp lens.  The Tokina 12-24 f4 is also a very good lens if you don't mind the 1 stop slower max aperture.  The Nikon 10-24 3.5-4.5 and 12-24 f4 DX lenses are also both superb as well.  I've also used the Sigma 10-20 4-5.6 and it's not quite as sharp as the two Tokina lenses, but it's quite good, and a good deal less expensive.

Someone mentioned the Samyang 14 2.8, which is an incredibly sharp lens.  The only potential problems with that lens are manual focus only (not such a big deal) and heavy distortion (which there are no Lightroom profiles for).

The D5100 is a great little camera (have been considering picking one up because it's so small and IQ is so excellent with that sensor).  Enjoy.

Best of luck, Markus

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