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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 5:26 am 
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Hi everyone, Nikon has announced the D7100!

See my Nikon D7100 review!

Slotting between the D7000 and D600, Nikon describes the D7100 as being the best that the DX-format can offer, and while it isn't the semi-pro D400 many hoped the company would announce, it still has a number of impressive features.

It inherits the 100% viewfinder, 6fps shooting and twin SD card slots of the D7000, but increases the resolution to 24.1 Megapixels, boosts the AF system from 39 to 51-points, offers 1080p at 24, 25 and 30fps, boasts full weather-sealing and introduces a new 1.3x crop mode resulting in an overall field-reduction of two times at a resolution of 15.4 Megapixels.

It also becomes the company's second DSLR after the D800e to dispense with the low pass filter for sharper images. Find out more in my Nikon D7100 preview which includes an eight minute video highlighting the new features!

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 9:33 am 
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Not too bad a price really. £900 ish is less than it's predecessor was when launched 2+ years ago.

Think i'll be ordering one of these! 8)

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 10:09 am 
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oldCarlos wrote:
Not too bad a price really. £900 ish is less than it's predecessor was when launched 2+ years ago.

Think i'll be ordering one of these! 8)


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 2:59 pm 
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Have got Nikon D300s and Nikon 16-85. Would the D7100 give me better/sharper pictures? Would it be a good upgrade?? Just wondering.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 5:06 pm 
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I can only see it for £1100 in UK old carlos. That puts it just £350 less than the D600 that I foolishly bought early and paid £500 more for. At that relatively small difference, if I hadn't already bought the D600, I think that it would be the latter where I'd be putting my money.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 5:43 pm 
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OR.....with the D7000 now only £600-650, is the D7100 really worth double?


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 8:35 pm 
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Hi WM. Yeah, when I initally saw the US $ price, I estimated wrongly for the £ :oops:

I have seen it priced already @ £1049 pre-order from a UK dealer, but I guess by the Summer it will be around the £900 mark.

I've been waiting & wondering for a couple of months now, which way to go, possible D800 (but can't really warrant the cost tbh) D400 or D7100?
As I already have a 21/2 yr old D7000, which I like & almost exclusively use for birds/wildlife, I reckon i'll go for this, rather than wait for a possible D400 that might not actually materialise.
My local dealer said they'll give me £300 trade in + I have quite a few vouchers from Xmas that need using, so won't really cost me a fortune to change.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 10:42 pm 
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@ Old Carlos

Well, I went the D800 route via the D600, and I must say that I'm pleased with it.

| went this way because I have a number of FX lenses and I wasn't impressed with the idea of a 24 Mp DX sensor. But now Nikon have taken the step of leaving the AA filter off, I'll be interested to see the effect on resolution (and how the camera handles high ISO). Could be a superb camera for birding.

Think I'll stay with the D7000 on the DX front - it's such a nice camera (and the D800 has to fulfil my desuire for new gear!).

And you already have the excellent D700.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2013 4:33 am 
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Very nearly went with D7000- watched the price for some months. The D7100 has great numbers and build- can't wait to see the picts. A comparo of this C size sensor sans anti-alias filter to a ~simpler Fujifilm XE-1 with a similar sensor will be interesting. I am thinking about buying a camera for my wife who has a great eye for interesting snaps. It may be that the D7100 is bit too much of a gadget for her. She has zero interest in my D800. We'll rent one and see what she thinks sometime this summer. Great to see Gordon's video of the pre-release version!

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2013 9:25 am 
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if I get this right the 1.3 crop mode is like a digital zoom ,right?

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Yes, Cropping is like digital zoom, but being different in that you get less pixels actually, while with digital zoom pixels are being blown to keep the final resolution the same. To clarify, cropping can also be done in post processing, but in the case of the D7100 you also get more frames per second (which you can not get in post processing :!: ), because the camera has to handle less pixels to save to the memory.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2013 10:51 am 
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Yes same sensor, same pixels, just a smaller number of them.
or another way of looking at it,
if the camera had a better processor it would not need to worry about reducing the data to increase frames per second.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2013 11:16 am 
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Gordon, in the preview of the D7100 you speak of the D800e as having no Optical low pass filter, but I thought it just had a weakened/cancelled out Optical low pass filter. So technically speaking, isn't the D7100 the first true Nikon DSLR without an OLPF?

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I like what Nikon has done with the D7100 over my D7000 now I have a dilemma whether or not to pick up a FX camera in the Nikon D600 (which has fewer auto focus points compared to the D7100) or stick with DX D7100. I will still continue buying FX lenses either way and eventually I will buy a FX camera but I don't know which camera body to choose now.

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The advantage is not just in the number of AF-points, but also in the distribution of these points in the frame on the DX camera.

Buying FX-glass for a DX-camera also gives the advantage of using the sweet spot of the lens. While if you use it on FX, besides having a wider field of view, you will also get lesser quality corners on the majority of lenses.

It all depends on what style of photography suits you most.

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