Got my D7100 body today, charged the battery, and just went through the camera set-up ritual. I like the ergonomics (since I'm coming from a D90 that's probably no surprise). I was one of those who was dithering about the choice between the D7000 upgrade and the mythical D400, but the D7100 answers all of my needs (I'm not a BIF or sports shooter, so I have little need for fast and long bursts). It has the best DX sensor available, U1 and U2 banks for presets, 5-shot bracketing for HDR (no more clumsy work-arounds for the D90's 3-shot brackets), mirror lock-up for tripod work, a big upgrade in low light capability over the D90 -- what's not to like? Hard to believe this much camera can be had for $1200 US.
I need to get out over the next few days and take some test shots with various lenses. I've been extremely impressed with the early examples posted here by others. (As an aside, I hope Apple releases a RAW converter upgrade for Aperture soon -- I'd like to avoid messing, even transiently, with ViewNX2.)
Anyway, I'm happy to be among the new D7100 users -- I'll bid a fond farewell to the D90 forum, which has served me well for almost 3 years, and pitch my tent here.
#3. "RE: Yippee! D7100 in hand!" In response to Reply # 0
St Petersburg, RU
Welcome to the 7xxx side. We will be eager to hear of your other observations. I still think the D90 is the most balanced camera Nikon has produced compared to their competitors at the time of release.It does everything well, is easy for non-techies and non-photographers to get very good results, was very well sorted out with no QC or service/software issues and lead its class for several years. So don't abandon the D90 forum, there is a lot of newcomers who benefit from experienced users.
The tradition of cat first images seems to have been bucked this time, I have not seen any. When the D90, 7000, 800 and 600 were released, that was the mainstay of first images with the new camera were cats. I do not even own a cat....so I can't get a new camera... Stan St Petersburg Russia
#4. "RE: Yippee! D7100 in hand!" In response to Reply # 3 Wed 03-Apr-13 09:21 PM by richardd300
Stan, will birds instead of cats do? I've posted at least 7 images on other threads and for my part the camera is superb. I am as excited about the D7100 as I was with my D800. I particularly like the absence of the AA filters as I'm not needing to sharpen much or if at all and when I do it's minimal. Here are a few images taken today and one taken on day 1 a week ago to demonstrate sharpness. This, to me is everything my D7000 wasn't, but of course that's just me
#5. "RE: Yippee! D7100 in hand!" In response to Reply # 3
Thank you for the kind words of welcome! I will not completely abandon the D90 forum -- my wife still shoots a D90, and my D90 will be the backup for both of us. I agree that the D90 remains an excellent and highly capable camera. I think it was a real ground-breaker for Nikon, and I expect it to be widely used for another several years. My move to the D7100 would not have occurred so soon except that we are going to Iceland in a few months (a Tony Sweet workshop organized by Focus on Nature) and I was unwilling to commit so much $$ for a photographic trip without having a body that could serve as an emergency backup for both of us. (Also, it make a convenient excuse to let my NAS get the better of me!)
You -- and many others -- were of great help to me when I was first learning the my way around the D90 a couple of years ago, and if I can return the favor to those who are newcomers to the D90 now I certainly will.