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PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2013 11:12 am 
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Congratulations Carlos.

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PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2013 1:12 am 
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Looks like you have been drying the dishes after dinner. Nice swop. 8)

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PostPosted: Mon May 20, 2013 2:41 pm 
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Hi, I posted my question on the lens guide blog (http://www.cameralabs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=20245#p269130) and din't want to repeat the whole thing here.

Please share any recommendations you have on lenses for D7100. I am looking for a very good standard zoom under $1000 (covering 35-85mm FF equivalent).

I used the D7100 with 18-200mm around a university campus, using only AF, before posting this question.

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PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2013 4:21 pm 
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Hi Satya welcome to the forum.

What problems are you having with the 18-200mm lens? You say that the image quality is not satisfactory but don't tell us why not.

Suggesting a lens for you will be difficult. What subjects are you shooting most? Portraits, landscape, nighttime photography, indoors or outdoors, ...?

Is the weight of the lens important? Do you want a lighter lens to use as a walkabout lens or does it not matter how big and bulky the lens is?

Do you shoot often in low light situations? Do you need / want f2.8 to blur backgrounds?

Two thirds of your shooting is in the 35-85mm range. Most of the time it's at the wider end. Do you want a lens that goes wider than 35mm in the 35mm equivalent?

Sorry I can't recommend any lens to you. But these questions might help you to narrow down your choice.

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PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 1:58 am 
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Satya, I replied on your original post.


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PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2013 2:08 pm 
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Thanks, Cujo and 4xxxx for your responses.

Being new to the forum, I'm not familar with the site yet. I can't find a link that says 'attach' or 'upload'. How do I upload my pictures?

After two weeks with the camera, I find it awesome. Most of the shots I took around the campus and downtown fall under nature/landscape. The people shots I take on the streets fall under portraits.

I did tweak the camera settings a bit mainly different levels of sharpening/saturation, etc. Most of the times I take a shot, it looks very good. There are some problems with this lens...
* beyond 100mm it is somewhat difficult to get a shot than it is between 24 and 100mm; the focusing slows down noticeably
* the shots towards longer end of focal length don't seem as sharp as the the others
* another factor is the weight of this combination (as Cujo pointed out)
* light fall off to the corners is noticeable with aperture wide-open at most focal lengths, which forces me to shoot two stops down (the camera also does that in landscape mode if I keep the ISO at 100)

I tried my friend's 70-200mm f/2.8. It was heavy but the focusing and portraits it produced at 70mm were more than awesome! This is not a lens I can afford (or carry around). I also tried another friend's 18-105, which was a lot easier to carry around and I didn't miss the 105-200mm range much.

My questions are...
1. Does a combination of 18-105 (lighter, used 75% of the time) and 70-300mm (better at 70-200mm on DX) perform bettter than the 18-200mm? The cost difference is minimal.
2. As an alternative to 18-105, does Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 perform close to Nikon's (which is way over my budget)? I don't need the 18-24mm width and I will step down to a D7000 or D5200 for $500 saving.
3. Do current primes (35 1.8 DX, 50mm 1.4g and 85mm 1.8g) do well on a high pixel density camera like D7100?

I read lot of reviews that lenses that did well on previous FF cameras don't do so well on the D800 due to its higher pixel density. This camera has even more pixel-density and focusing capability. I have to say this camera is 'addictive' after two weeks of use.

Thanks.
Satya


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PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2013 3:54 pm 
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Hi Satya.

As a V good walkaround lens, the 16-85 is great (if funds allow) & the 70-300 is fantastic for the money. You could maybe consider pre-owned if bought from a reputable source.

The current primes will be fine on the D7100.

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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2013 12:31 am 
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Thanks Carlos. I browsed through your flickr albums, great pictures!

I have posted my first shots with the D7100 + 18-200mm at this link... http://www.flickr.com/photos/66702122@N00/sets/72157633722797642/

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Satya

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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2013 10:03 pm 
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Hi Satya, the link shows that it's a private set so we can't see your photos.

My personal choice would be the 16-85mm. I've seen some great photos taken with the Nikon D7100 and the 16.85mm lens. The lens is also lighter than the Tamron 24-70mm. The only reason for choosing the Tamron would be the 2.8 aperture. If you don't need that 2.8 aperture I'd go for the 16-85mm.

Note that this is just my own personal choice and your preference might be different.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 1:36 pm 
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There are also some 2.8 lenses for crop cameras by about everyone who produces lenses. Something like a 17-50mm 2.8. That's like a full frame 27-75mm 2.8 lens on the D7100. Still: Yes, the 24-70mm has the advantage that it can be used on a full frame camera if you want to get one someday.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2013 11:54 am 
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oldCarlos wrote:
Spoken with the shop again this morn & they offered to either send back to nikon again (no chance!) full refund, or wait to get another body in for exchange, but could be another week or more, as they're still waiting for stock. They couldn't be more helpful really.

In the end (after agreement with my moneyboss) i'm getting a D800E instead 8)

Cheers guys.



Awesome! I wish you all the best with the D800E. Sounds like you will have lots of fun. Have you decided on your first lenses? Keep us posted. Enjoy.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 24, 2013 6:54 am 
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I've loved my D7100 for quite some time now! It has never let me down. I've only struggled in some poor lighting with fast action that anything short of a D4 would probably have struggled as well ha. For crop sensor this is the camera to get if you like the Nikon set up over Canon's.

That said 8) I am moving on to something that I believe will suite me even better and have never sold a mass amount of camera gear before. Would you all suggest just using the local Craigslist and whatnot, or is there a certain way that has yielded you all better results in the past? Just curious because I have quite a few lenses from my search for "what works for me" and most of it needs to go. Thank you anyone who can help a brother out :D


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2013 2:18 pm 
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Satya wrote:
My questions are...
1. Does a combination of 18-105 (lighter, used 75% of the time) and 70-300mm (better at 70-200mm on DX) perform bettter than the 18-200mm? The cost difference is minimal.
2. As an alternative to 18-105, does Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 perform close to Nikon's (which is way over my budget)? I don't need the 18-24mm width and I will step down to a D7000 or D5200 for $500 saving.
3. Do current primes (35 1.8 DX, 50mm 1.4g and 85mm 1.8g) do well on a high pixel density camera like D7100?

Thanks.
Satya


Greetings Satya,

In regards to the Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 VC, it performs far better than the 18-105 in my opinion. I have tried the lens while in a local camera store on my D7000 and the photo quality is just stunning. Of course I do not have the 24 mega pixels. The 18-105 picture quality does not come close to the picture quality of the Tamron 24-70. In addition, the Tamron 24-70mm focuses much faster than the 18-105. I plan to purchase both the Tamron 24-70 and 70-200 VC versions when my budget permits. Both of the lenses are great in my opinion.

I have noticed there are many D7100 owners utilizing the Nikon 35mm f/1.8. I have not seen any videos or forum threads and reviews of owners complaining about the picture quality using the 35mm f/1.8 nor do I. The 35mm is a very nice lens.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 9:37 pm 
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:D Great camera. I have had it for a a few weeks now and i have no regrets.

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