>The D7100 looks great on paper. I'm eager to see the results >of field and bench tests. Like many film shooters, I held out >on going digital as long as I could. The D200 was my first >DSLR. I later moved to the D300 (still an excellent workhorse >camera) and then the D7000, mostly for the better low-light >performance and video capability.
Like you, I was a reluctant convert to digital.
My initial foray was a D80, that didn't feel as solid as what I'd owned prior to (an Olympus OM4-Ti). I was leaving on a big trip to places with unknown conditions, so I made a quick shift to a D200. Very solid camera, although the image quality was the same as the D80 (and the high ISO capability a bit less so).
I then moved to the D7000, which to me is super solid, with phenomenal tonal range, higher MP's and MUCH better ISO capability. All of this costing a good deal LESS than the D200.
So now, along comes the D7100 at the SAME price point! For me, I want the 24mp's and a more sophisticated focus module, without losing the build quality.
I like the reach of DX with my 150 and 300mm, and I have great super-wide and medium tele zooms.
Would I like a D400? Maybe, but when I know what $1199. can do, a D400 would have to be uniquely special to make it more desirable.
Perhaps it will be. But it will have to be significantly more expensive than the D7100, and for me, the law of diminishing returns will probably set in too soon to care.