Excellent Top of the line DX body
I sold my D300 and bought the D7100 since it appears Nikon will not introduce the D400 to replace the D300/D300S in the near future. I needed a bridge camera until then.
I have had this jewel for 6 weeks and its a terrific DSLR. Excellent tool for someone moving up from D40, 80,90, D3100, 3200, 5000, D5100, D5200, etc. and for those who are ready for newer technology not found in the D300. It's a tool you can grow into.
Picture quality is excellent, AE is excellent, and the new tech items included in the D7100. The AF system has several new options and they are very effective, it will take some time to understand how they work - read the manual for AF. Oh yes, the manual is pretty good. Yes this is an outstanding camera and takes excellent pictures in any mode, including "auto" mode.
Just ordered the wireless unit and have not received it. I have taken a little over 2,000 pictures and it does a great job.
Love the ability to save settings under "U". I have party mode set-up for one of these options and scenic photography for the other.
People say the buffer size is small. I am using very fast memory cards (300X) and have not filled up the buffer yet shooting in JPEG Large mode. The one negative is the number of FPS (frames per second) but I have not been out shooting birds so I have not run up against this issue. It's rated at 6 fps which so far has done the job for me.
I have done 20 minutes of video work and was surprised with the picture quality.
The body size feels a tad small but I have adapted to it. Still prefer the larger size of the D300, D300S, D800 body.
Finally, Nikon chose to not include a protector screen for the rear LCD display. I always used a Nikon one on my D300 and D90 so I bought an after market company. It's very thin, 0.5 mm and it is made of glass and was multicoated. Went on easy and it protect the glass LCD display and it can be removed very easy. It's also easy to clean...I feel a lot better with this in place.
This is the current top of the line DX body and it takes fantastic quality pictures. The two options to tell you if the body is level is excellent for me. I am older than 60 and I use to toss pictures because the horizon was not level. Not any more, love the arrows in the viewfinder and the horizon guide for using the LCD monitor. I highly recommend this camera body.
October 31, 2013
I upgraded to the D7100 from the D5100. My D5100 had only one problem, too many controls are in the menu. For the intended audience, still a great camera. The three main things that convinced me to upgrade were; 24 megapixels, two card slots, and most importantly, more buttons nobs and wheels. More buttons knobs and wheels means more direct access to things like ISO, shutter speed, aperture, shutter modes, focus modes, preview, in camera level, white balance, saved user modes, and picture quality.
Someone else complained about ISO being on page 2 of a menu. Press the ISO button (second from the bottom on the left rear of camera) and the main command wheel selects the ISO, and the sub-command wheel selects manual or auto. All the other items I mentioned above are just as easy and fast to adjust. This is a complicated machine, you need to read the manual to operate it at its full potential.
Also, I can use my Speedlight to its full extent and I fine tuned my auto focus lenses. Speaking of auto focus, I now have the ability to use non-AF-S lenses and still have auto focus.
October 13, 2013
If you can't afford the D800, get this, you won't regret.
October 8, 2013
Excellent DSLR D7100
I love this camera. Excellent Optical Quality and Excellent Video recording capabilities. I recently added the VF83 Digital Microphone to the camera.
October 6, 2013
The D 7100 is worth the upgrade
I am a canon user and currently own the 600 D. After 2 years, I thought it was time to move to the next level since I shoot a lot of actions and marriage. good lord ! the transition was smooth. it tooks time to get used to the customizable menu and buttons. You basically get what you pay for. The 51 focal points intuitively reactive, good ISO's up into the 800-6400 range much better than the D 600. There is a significant difference in term picture quality, high burst rate with 7 fps. I would recommend that camera to anyone who is looking for taking actions (sports & kids). My only complain is you cannot control the F - stop in shutter speed mode. Good job nikon
September 25, 2013
A great upgrade from the lower model DX's
I started off with a D5100 and tackled it well. Quickly learned that I needed much better glass than the kit lenses. I shoot a lot of sports, mostly indoor, which is extremely tough and quickly learned that I needed a lot more features on the camera to go along with the good glass. I try to shoot wide open with fast glass and low ISO. The 24-70mm, f2.8 lense has been a great help and I also use the 50mm 1.8 Prime lens if I can get the right positions. The 51 focal points have been a tremendous help and the D7100 also handles the ISO's up into the 800-1200 range much better than the D5100. I also run the MB-D15 grip and battery pack. This has also been a lifesaver. As with the D5100, the quality & type of SD cards can make a significant difference in shooting fast fps. I've found that the SanDisk Extreme 45Mb/s write speed give me a decent bang for the buck in a 16Gb capacity. I typically shoot 300-700 photos a day during a Volleyball tournament. As they say, buy good glass first and then upgrade your body. One of the greatest advantages with the D7100 over the lower units is being able to dial in precise Kelvin settings for the white balance. This has been great especially with all the different lighting situations in gymnasiums. Been using the D7100 for about 4 months now and it has been wonderful. Have close to 12000 shots so far. Only difficult thing to get used to besides all the new buttons and features is that you need to look at the top of the camera for the display whereas the D5100 had me looking at the back display. Just something to get used to.
September 18, 2013
a camera that borders on perfection
Very good detail images, good dynamic range and colors, fine AF system with precission, solid build quality in professional level, a lot of systems like hdr, good video performance, 1.3x drop, 1/250 flash, 2 sd slots, weather sealling in a professional level, ...., the only thing, the buffer size . For me is a perfect camera for all, amateur, advanced amateur, even a professional.
August 12, 2013
The best of the DX's Nikon has produced
The title says it all. It's simply an amazing piece of equipment. I will say that with this camera, I'd steer away from cheap optics like a 55-200. I'll be honest in saying that even its kit lens (18-105) left me completely underwhelmed, but to be fair, for most people it'll work. I just have a higher demand in image quality than most people, as I do own a photography business and need the best to be able to produce the absolute best I can achieve with the equipment I have. I was actually happier with the 18-105 on my D40, which says a LOT!
I've taken it out in the field for hobbiest/ stock images use. I've taken it to a festival (which was actually my first outing with it) I have yet to take it on a wedding shoot, but I can't wait! I highly recommend it...to the point to where I'm going to be getting my girlfriend one, as she's currently my apprentice and co-owner of my business.
July 3, 2013
Got this camera as an upgrade for my D3200. I already have tons of lenses so I felt this would be sufficient for the quality images that I wanted to produce. Camera took a bit of getting used to at first but once you spend some time with it and get comfortable there's no go back! Build quality is Excellent as well as the ergonomics. Quality of your Raw and Jpegs are fantastic. I only shoot RAW anyways but its good to know jpegs still produce amazing quality as well. Overall if you have quality lenses, this is going to be a great camera for you.
July 2, 2013
I am in love.....
I started out with a Nikon D40, then the Nikon D5000 to a Nikon D7000. I didn't think I would ever upgrade until I laid my hands on the D7100. I have nothing negative to say except that I LOVE this camera. I love how you can change the crop sensor and increase your mm per lens. This is a great value for the dollar.
June 23, 2013
Whats not to like?
I received this camera last week. I'm still learning all the buttons, knobs, switches, and dials....there are many. This is my first DSLR so I am behind the curve and not too familiar with Nikon DSLR bodies. The menu system is great and intuitive. The camera takes great pictures and is, in my opinion, an excellent low light camera for being a DX camera, albeit not nearly as well as a full frame. But if you compare price/performance I think its above par against any other APS-C camera. I really have no complaints about this camera other than the buffer size. Continuous shooting max of 6 or 7 shots is a bit low when shooting RAW. If you don't use RAW and just shoot JPEG this number dramatically increases. I like the 14 bit RAW option over the industry standard 12 bit. I can't speak for write speeds of the SD Cards. I tried a 32GB class 10 card against the dual 32GB X400 cards I bought for this camera. I didn't notice too much of a speed difference, probably because of the limited buffer size. I really like the option to have the RAW files saved to one card and the JPEG to the other card.
June 21, 2013
What a camera
I grew up with Nilkon's, I had, and still do an FTN but this is well, we'll let the title speak for itself!
June 1, 2013
Upgraded from a D80 to D7100 and it was worth it!
I enjoy photography, but I am not the most dedicated photographer, so investing in a new camera is not a trivial decision for me. I replaced my D80 and without doubt it was the right decision. From the quieter shutter, to the high ISO performance this camera is a joy to use.
If you are using an older Nikon digital camera (D70, D80 era or older), then this is the time to upgrade. Or if you like the idea of an FX sensor, but can't justify the cost, the D7100 is a great alternative.
May 29, 2013
So far so good
I bought this to upgrade from my D300. This camera has features that are either new or upgraded from my D300. Same basic user interface so you won't have to relearn the whole thing. I like the higher resolution. This has a video mode that the D300 does not have. also the live view is much simpler to use. The double SD card slots are great and I use the second card as backup. All in all I like the new Axe. The ergonomics of the controls seems improved. One thing I don't like is the body construction. The D300 is a metal body and tough as a tank. This is definitely a much lighter duty body with lots of plastic over a light metal frame. I am looking foreword to lots of fun shooting with my D7100
May 26, 2013
Greatest DX Camera ever and an all around great choice in any format.
Resolution and lack of sensor filter renders outstanding sharpness and beautiful images even at very high ISO. Although some 3rd party testers rate the Hi ISO performance of the sensor at well below the FX Nikon's In practice I have pushed the camera hard in low light sports photography and notice little difference at 6400 between it and my D700. The Expeed 3 engine is so good I am shooting a lot less in raw and a lot more in JPEG with good white balance and low noise making post processing less time consuming. Though I have over 50 years of experience I tried the "scene" profiles and actually use some on a regular basis. Build quality is rugged. For those migrating who have complained about sharpness remember that this camera has the lens focus tuning feature. Try calibrating your lenses as I haveand you will see a difference. The 51 point system seems improved over the D300 and D700. Great value. Nothing in DX beats this camera and it has scared the competition greatly!
May 24, 2013
From an amateur
I absolutely love this camera! I own D90 but it seems like I will be using much of my D7100 now more often. I might give my D90 to my teen-age daughter. The pictures were very sharp!
May 14, 2013
Best camera I ever owned
I'm new to photography. The Nikon d7100 has tons of features to make my photos come out great. I used it write out of the box with the 18-105mm VR Lens kit to take portrait photos indoor and outside that turned out great. I also used it at a few soccer games and tried the suggestion provided on the Nikon web page and manual utilizing some of the auto settings in the camera. I posted them on Facebook and was complimented on the great action shots. I will continue to read the manual trying everything in it. I'm hoping to take a Nikon class on how to use the d7100 to its full capacity. By far the best camera I ever owned.
May 12, 2013
The best Camera body for the money anywhere.
This is a fabulous camera. I'm very versatile and do a lot of different things. So far, I have nothing bad to say about this camera. I picked this body for a variety of reasons, the 51 point autofocus, the high iso range, and the resolution. Among other things I photograph a lot of bands and wanted something that was very fast. My current budget allowed me to acquire a 28-75 lens and a nikkor 50mm "g" 1.8. My expectations have been exceeded at every point. I've always wanted to shoot ambient for bands, but my previous body didn't go above 1600 and was very noisy. Now I'm getting crisp images at 4000 and above, up to 12,800 so far. The resolution makes the noise much more like film grain and the images are crisp and clear. I haven't done a portrait session yet, but I'm confident I will be as equally happy. So it's not full frame, so what? i think I can adjust for focal length. I think this is a better body than the 5D mark II. I love this camera. Thank you Nikon.
May 10, 2013
Outstanding Metering and Focus Capability
Picked up a new D7100 body 5/3/2013 and went to Big Bend National Park the next day. Used FX series lenses and old AE lenses intended for my D600. Made about 330 exposures. Metering was spot on for almost every image, auto-focus was on the money. Used primarily vivid color and monochrome/black and white for the pale desert landscape.
Went to 13x19 inch size enlargements. Quality is very similar to the D600's at that size. Colors seem even more vibrant.
Image quality is easily superior to the D7000 I had been using as a backup. All adjustments and controls fall readily to hand. Minus .3 EV at ISO 200 made colors snap.
Given the quality I have seen so far and the fact that most of my finished work is in the 13x19 size, I may no longer need the full frame/FX camera which has been my go-to body for the last eight months.
Anyone who purchases the D7100, even at the current non-discounted price, will be very happy. My D7000 was an ax for two years of rugged use, never had to clean the sensor once. The D7100 should be just as reliable and produce larger images with exceptional resolution.
Have had several Nikons since my Nikormat in the mid 1970s. Not all have been flawless. The D7100 is shaping up to be one of the good ones.
May 7, 2013
The D7100 and Real Estate Photography
As a professional photographer, I bought the D7100 and MB-D15 battery pack to use in the real estate end of my business. With the wide angle lens I use I find the DX format is perfect for this particular need. The images are crystal clear and the 24mp's gives me the ability to print almost any sized image. While I use the D4 (FX) for the balance of my needs, the D7100 has many features that I use regularly and I would certainley recomends this camera body to both pros and non-pros. The only drawback and this is not a complaint is that the Raw Files generated are between 25 and 30mg's. In short, this is a great, inexpensive camera body. Thanx Nikon............bsa
May 1, 2013
Replaced my D300 with it
I have been waiting for years for the D300 replacement which has been a great camera but getting old. I picked it up yesterday, charged the battery in my truck und used it for a model shoot. I would have to say the clarity is absolutely amazing! I used it with my 70-200 2.8 and the focus is way faster! I shoot both DX and FX format and plan on upgrading my D700 to the D800 next year but am totally impressed with the D7100 so far.
April 28, 2013
Great new camera
I recently purchased the D7100 after having a D3000 for the past 3 years. I wanted something that would give faster continuous shooting and better low light capability. For the most part, the D3000 did what I needed, but for some of my kids activities, it just wasn't enough. I just took 150 photos of my son's wrestling tournament in an old hockey arena. I set the iso to 4000 and was able to get good pictures and catch the action with the faster shooting of the D7100. There is a little noise, but it's only noticable if you view it at 100% and I haven't done any editing to minimize it. I wouldn't have been able to get these with my D3000. The move from the D3000 was quite easy as the controls are similar. The camera is bigger than the D3000 but I like the larger size. It feels good in my hands and seems more solidly built. Way to go Nikon.
April 28, 2013
For the last year I have been considering the D7000 because I outgrew my D3100 quite fast. Fast forward to a few months ago when I learned about the release of the 7100. I poured over the reviews that came out and compared it to the 7000 on a weekly basis. The question became whether to buy the 7000 at a nicely discounted price or pay for the 7100. I went with the 7100 and so far it is pretty amazing. I have been toying with a lot of the features. The dual SD slots are a nice improvement over the 7000 and the personalization this camera offers is very nice. I can't wait to really put this camera through its paces this Fall in Europe.
April 21, 2013
Great camera that carries a lot punch!!!
I just returned from Costa Rica where I had the opportunity to really try my D7100 under different types of environment. Well, I took over 3k pics where in many instances I had to push the ISO to 3200 due to poor light conditions. This camera performed flawless coupled with the 18-300mm lens. Used the camera mainly in A and S modes which are my favorites. There were instances where I pushed the EV to +2 without any problems. Used just about every focus mode combination the camera offers. I was very lucky that I own the D7000 which helped me greatly to handle my new D7100 that I received the week before departure. I did not get to use the crop feature but I am getting ready to use it this coming week while visiting the Everglades. This time it will be coupled with my 70-200mm. I feel that this is a superb camera and as I continue to learn about its new features, my pictures will improve dramatically.
April 10, 2013
Glad I made the upgrade
I have been shooting with the D5100 for about 4 years now. I go to school for photography and have been wanting to upgrade to a better camera. I was going to go with the D600 at first but only have one lens that is full frame, so it didn't make sense at the time. I'm glad I waited for the D7100 to come out. I do more sports and portraits and the 51 focus points stood out for sports for me. I just shot a wedding over the weekend with the D7100 and it performed beautifully, was inside for the reception with some of the worst lighting possible, but even at ISO 6400 this camera could take it. I'm happy with how the images have turned out. Battery also lasted me through 7 hours of shooting with about 700 images on that camera.
Also if anyone is worried about moire, I would stop worrying. That was one thing I was afraid about but it won't happen, unless your photographing some seriously crazy details that are bright and shiny.
April 8, 2013
This DSLR is way more than I was expected, I have only had it about 2 weeks but I have already shot close to 1000 images or more. the sharpness was what I was looking for, but not what I expected.. I upgraded from the D7000 , and dont get me wrong I loved my D7000, but wow.. I am planning to make this my last body until I upgrade to the full frame D-800 or whatever the equivalent is when im ready.. So if your ready to upgrade but not ready to take the FX plunge this is your final stop
April 6, 2013
Upgraded from the of course great D7000---happy so far
I just upgraded from the D7000. So far this camera is great with truly fantastic image quality. When you get images perfectly in focus (use a nice lens, stop it down, etc) it is really amazing how sharp the images are. They blow D7000 images out of the water. I had a slight issue with it focusing with my 50mm 1.4G, but it seems to have resolved itself. Lets hope it stays that way.
April 4, 2013
A very nice upgrade
I started with the D5100 last summer and it was a great first DSLR. I use my DSLR cameras primarily for filmmaking. Right now I am shooting documentary work, music videos and the occasional technical video and later this year I will start my first serious series of short films. I knew I wanted more manual control during video recording but at first I was hesitant to lose the rotating screen. I thought about going full frame, but financially I just did not have enough funds. The first time I picked up the 7100 I thought this is it. I spent another week going over the other brand models trying to decide. Bitrate control was another thing I wanted in camera, but I am learning to live without it. Really only two things I want out of this that they could fix with an update. Aperture control during video recording (which I am currently bypassing with my 70's nikkor lens) and some more bitrate options. Don't get me wrong the video compression looks great. But being that bitrate is a hot item to have with DSLR filmmakers I hope Nikon starts to add that since not all of us can afford an external recorder. That is out of reach, though I do hope to try one out soon with the 7100. I was excited to try the 60fps and was pleased with the result this morning filming geese. It was clear and sharp slowed down. It is a phenomenal camera and I know my clients will enjoy the quality of image it can produce. I give it 5 stars because going from the 5100 the 7100 feels like a pro model upgrade. I am very excited to finish my first documentary with it. The added headphone jack is great. I will have my rode pro on top for interviews to run along with a lav mic on an external recorder. I think this will be a great setup. I had started to consider a 7D since they are used a lot on films and then read the new 7100 sensor was easily compared to other nice super 35mm...that intrigued me a lot and I have to say the quality is just stellar. I also wonder if it is in part something to do with the loss of the lowpass filter, another issue I was excited to try. No bad moire or aliasing that cannot be corrected with the right settings. I had a shirt going crazy then changed my settings and it was perfectly clear. No problems with brick buildings so far either. I was worried about a brand switch away from Nikon because of the aliasing issues from other cameras, and the specs Nikon site claimed it would be minimal on the 7100 even without the filter. That sounded good to me and I am enjoying the sharpness.
April 3, 2013
I received my new D7100 about a week ago and have shot 50 images so far, and could not be more pleased with this camera. I shoot 99% fine art sea and landscapes in HDR on the Central Oregon Coast. Using the matrix metering and ADL exposure combination the images are remarkable, both sharp with terrific color rendition and spot on exposures (lens used is Nikkor 16-85mm G). I can honestly say that this camera has brought my photography to a higher level.
March 26, 2013
i upgraded my d7000 with d7100.really i love this camera.of course d 7000 is also great.
March 25, 2013