Very nice,Al. I've been thinking of giving up waiting on the D400 and going with the D7100. Your images sure make it hard not to go ahead and pull the trigger. The only thing I was put off about was its size as I find the D300 very comfortable to hold.
Sun 31-Mar-13 10:54 PM | edited Sun 31-Mar-13 10:59 PM by cockers
First off thanks for the kind words Rick.
I felt the same as you about the feel of the camera but it is better than the 7000. But now having it a bit over a week and putting 1000 exposures through it I like it. I added the Battery grip and that helped the feel tremendously - gave it more of the D300 and D300s heft. Also the grip fits very well to the body no squirming around after tightening and great tactile feel to it as well.
The detail it captures is amazing - and the viewfinder is a blessing to anyone that still has the notion to use manual focus lenses: it's very bright and and affords a sharp view. Autofocus lenses are a snap with excellent resolution as well.
Thanks for the comments Mark - yeah like all truly wild birds, they are very spooky.
I use a blind and am in it before the birds arrive on the Lek (5:00 AM or so) and then leave the blind only after they leave the Lek Usually (about 8:30 - 9:00) The Lek is their traditional piece of ground they use for mating - usually no more than 1-2 acres in size. They fly in around first light and have their ritual dances and if a female is present the males battle and try to outdo each other in their displays. This particular Lek that I visit has been historically used by the chickens for some 70 years according to the landowner.