Nikon D7100 - Six months after joining the "Dark Side"

Started Sep 21, 2013 | Discussions thread
OP RudyPohl Veteran Member • Posts: 5,101
Re: stuck in the dark

Dan W wrote:

bolador wrote:

I agree with most of your statements but in bokeh being easier in FZ200...
DOF at f2.8 is not directly comparable between both sensor sizes..
In fact you have shallower DOF with at 300mm f5.6 using the 16MP 2X mode in the D7100 (600mm eq ) than with the FZ200 f2.8 at 600mm equivalent... (I've just calculated it to be about 20m vs 27m).
More light sure, but in terms of speed you can use much higher ISO in the Nikon..
So. To be clear I agree that FZ200 gives results good enough in terms of IQ a really good experience in its use. Portability and a good price making it an excellent combo...
Comparing performance/price a D7100+18-105kit+70-300 f4.5-5.6 VR should give you same reach, better IQ, better DOF control. At about x3 the price..
I may be wrong but my ears are all open...


You're not wrong, including your statement about DOF.

As for price, A 55-300 VR is less expensive and almost as good as a 70-300 VR. A D7000, still available and a bargain at under $900 currently, would save additional $ for one who wanted to try a DSLR. A D5200, also an excellent camera, is currently under $700.

So DSLR's are not as expensive as some think and not all of them are heavy. My D7000/55-300 combination weighs all of 3 pounds.

Superzooms have their place too, of course. I had an FZ18 and gave it away, but sometimes wish I still had it and will probably replace it with another Panasonic superzoom at some point.


Hi guys, please try to remember that all my statements are for WILDLIFE shooting ONLY and not for other genres of photography.

If you had to shoot a lot of indoor events, whether family birthdays, sports, conferences... the FZ00 is no match at all against any modestly-priced DSLR with a 35mm F2 or 50mm F1.8 lens.

I'm taking wildlife shooting here because the FZ200 with it's awesome focal range of 25-600mm is a favourite of wildlife shooters. I want to draw people's attention to the reality that if you want to do wildlife shooting, which is very demanding on the camera and lens, then you're not going to be able to get away with modestly priced gear.


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