Who Needs More?
Excellent images, easy to use, lightweight and durable. What's not to like? I love it!
November 26, 2013
Nikon D7100 DX DSLR camera body
I got tired of waiting for the D400 (if it ever does come out, its too late). I love: small size, high resolution-24Mpxls, fast focus/frame rate, reasonable cost-$1200 for body, excellent bracketing features, lovely HDR features, & nice scene modes. What I don't like is the too small memory buffer (for getting several photos shot at highest frame rate), some issues with the PCE lens (should never happen to new cameras and favorite lens), & no 10-pin connector (others fall off sometimes). Learning is fast (if you know Nikon's already), and you have a lot of features to learn. But you can use Full-Auto mode &/or scene modes until you learn enough to experiment. I have several FX bodies but I still use the D7100 for "reach" and for size. Nicely designed, nice price, & excellent features justify this for people coming up to the D7100 or for Full-Frame getting smaller (for traveling).
November 19, 2013
My Favorite 35mm Camera ever
I have owned everything from Large format, medium format, 35 film cameras (Nikon F5 the favorite here) to DSLRs. The best one to date in relation to quality, price, etc. is the D7100. I look at cameras all over and believe the DX format has some real advantages. The D400 is an incredibly anticipated camera and has not been introduced by Nikon. In my expert opinion the D7100 is one fantastic field camera. The size, weight, speed of use, etc., sharpness, accurate colors etc., is hard to believe. I have photographed with the more expensive Nikons and have owned probably 25 Nikons. This is the camera to buy if you want the best results that can be obtained for a modest investment. The Nikkor lens compatibility, durability, and quality is awesome. I would recommend this camera as one of the best buys in the world for someone searching for excellence in image capture and unwilling to accept compromises.
November 16, 2013
This camera is almost perfect. At the very end of this review I will explain why this camera is not perfect.
There is a nice sized viewfinder on the back of the camera. It is NOT a touch screen. It does NOT swivel out.
Stunning. I took some images on the lowest camera setting and the pics still looked good, it was as if I could put my hand in the photograph and pull out the people. The images had a 3D look.
I purchased this camera with the 18-140mm and 55-300mm lens. The 18-140 lens will do about 95% of what most users will need. The lower end is great for wide angle shots and the upper end is awesome for portrait work. It’s nice to have the 55-300mm lens but on a daily basis, 18-140 is sufficient.
This is a DX sensor (23.5mm x 15.6mm) which lets in a lot of light. Light is what a photo is made from. The next best sensor, for all intense purposes, is a full frame sensor. This DX is more than adequate for most individuals. If you are not sure of which sensor size you need then the DX is perfect.
This camera has two SD slots and can take SD, SDHC, and SCXC cards. Mine came with a 32gb SD card.
My camera came with the WU-1a wireless adapter. The adapter works ok, I just wish it was built in instead of having it dangling on the side of the camera.
Please buy and extra battery. I am only getting about 400 images off a charge.
The built in flash offers red eye reduction as well as other features.
USER MANUAL - SHOULD YOU READ IT?
Don’t do it. This manual will have you jumping all over the place. Instead I recommend the book [Mastering the Nikon D7100, ISBN 978-1937538323 by Darrell Young.] Although the included Nikon manual is less than desirable, the camera is still excellent.
NEGATIVE - WHY THIS CAMER IS NOT PERFECT
The only negative of this camera is that it does not include an option to place a date and time stamp (date imprint) directly onto a jpeg file - for those of us who want that option it is major. You can imprint the date and time if using a pic Bridge printer which equals useless. The work around is to buy a software program, either [Easy Batch Photo] or [Batch Photo]. Both of those programs work on the Mac (not sure about the PC). If buying software is not an option AND you want the date imprinted on your jpeg files then I recommend purchasing the Nikon D5200 instead. The later will give the same photo quality as the D7100. FYI: the images will have the date listed on the EXIF data but when you print the images you will need to hand write the date or use one of the software programs I mentioned above to have the date printed. Why is this feature so important to me? I am heavy into genealogy and I want to document the date the photo is taken. Although everything NOW is in the present tense, 50 years from now the images will be in the past tense. I have a family photo taken in 1906 and one taken in 1917. I know the year because it was written on the image. I would like to do the same for my descendants. Nikon, please offer an update to include this feature. If it is an option then those who do not want it can just turn it off.
Final thoughts, this is a great camera and I definitely recommend it.
November 14, 2013
I upgraded from a D40 to the D7100 and what a difference! The image quality is amazing. This camera is BRILLIANT!!!!!
November 3, 2013