D7100 substantially better AF than D7000??

Started Apr 14, 2013 | Discussions thread
Jim Holtz Senior Member • Posts: 1,106
Re: agree with anothermike

I had two 7000s in succession (returned the first one and accidentally destroyed the second one - which tured out to be a weird blessing in a way). I could never settle on what the AF was doing in that camera - it was a frustrating period.  I had come from owning a D40, but had also used my sons D300 a lot.  The 7000s just threw me for a loop. They were all over the place, even in good light.  I thought for a while it was my lack of skill, somehow.

But after the 2nd 7000 I bought a 700 and in 30 seconds all was made right in the world - it was that dramatic.

I rented a 7100 for a long weekend not too long ago just to give one a try.  The AF actually does not seem quite as fast as my old 700, more like the 300 as I remember it - which is still a very good benchmark.  Except for the shallow buffer (which did not bother me much), I really liked the 7100. Great color. Really nice screen, and really nice grip, and really best in class bracketing facility.  I wish Nikon would do a firmware update and provide the bracketing routine in the 7100 for the 600 I own now.

Hi Fred,

This is a really old thread you responded to. You do realize your D600 uses the same Cam 4800 focus module as the D7000, D5200, D5300 and D600 don't you? The D300, D700 and D7100 use Cam3500.

The D7000 actually focuses extremely well once you get the settings correct and understand that the actual focus area is larger than the box in the viewfinder.

I'm guessing that Nixon reduced the size of the focus area to more closely match the viewfinder boxes in later models. Just a guess.

Jim

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