"I ask cos' I've seen a lot of talk about the left focus points not working correctly and etc."
Really? Left focus points? I found a DPReview thread started by one person with methodology that is just funny.
There are some other scattered threads almost desperately hunting to find issues. Whether the people starting these threads actually own the equipment (let alone can take pictures worth seeing in or out of focus) is totally unknown.
What I'm seeing much more broadly says the AF is dead on accurate and very fast, the colors are accurate, the resolution is incredible, and that the D7100 is clearly the best DX available.
Good photographers usually focus on testing and refining their own skill -- capturing images people want to look at, with almost anything they have in their hands.
Sat 30-Mar-13 05:10 PM | edited Sat 30-Mar-13 05:21 PM by billD80
>I was merely asking what others have done to test their own >cameras to make sure they don't end up with a lemon.
ANY piece of technology made by any means can result in problematic samples, for sure.
Here's the regimen. Just shoot pictures.
Just for the heck of it, I shot left sensor images on my D7100, under very tight tolerances, and found the results just as accurate as dead-center (dead-on).
Yes, there were some D800's that apparently had some left sensor mis-calibration... The D7100, to my knowledge, isn't assembled where the D800 is, so the thread introducing that as an issue doesn't make logical sense.
If problems were to arise, one would expect the D7100 to have its own type, not one germane to a small batch of a totally different model coming from a different factory.
The other aspect is that most people aren't qualified to be testers. They lack the skill, knowledge and equipment...
But they certainly can post their "findings"... if not many quality images.
I;ve been taking pictures with the D7100 since I got it about a week or so ago. I was pretty critical of the D7000 ability to focus accurately, but, the D7100 blows all that apprehension away.
After two field trips birds in flight and perching birds, I am very well pleased with the focus on my 500mm, and 300mm lenses. Images are sharp, the focus point is where the focus is. I've seen no evidence of a left hand softness, and with at 1.4 and 1.7TC, the focus is as good as it gets.
All in all after a week of work with the camera, I'm able to say I'd be struggling to find something that isn't working as I expected.
With no dust spots, oil spots, focus problems, and the like, I think I should be sending it back to Nikon to have them installed, so I can have something to complain about. <gggg>
Good work Nikon, you've really made this a great camera
.. I set out to discover the inventions of God. -John Muir
I am presently in Costa Rica since Monday shooting birds and other wildlife with my D7100 that I purchased the previous week to my departure. Took my D7000 as a backup just in case and it hasn't left my bag. I have more than 3,000 shots already and I am very happy so far with the result. Shooting raw and converting to tiff using View NX2 then using CS5 with minor retouch in some of them in the field. When I purchased my D800 there were all kind of negative comments especially with focusing. Well... I never had any problems with it. My comments with the new D7100. Awesome, I love it.
Heading back home with a good number of pics taken with the D7100. Great performance and accuracy demonstrated in low light conditions. Also fast and accurate focus makes life easier especially when shooting wildlife under adverse conditions.
Thanks for your wishes. They are greatly appreciated!
I've taken 500+ images, mostly wildlife, in 6 days. As I've said repeatedly elsewhere on here, I believe the the D7100 is the best DX I've owned (D80,D90,D300) and it falls in line with my D800 in terms of image quality and even exceeds it in many cases. As my D800 has now become my Landscape, portrait camera and has been stood down as my principal wildlife camera, I wish I'd bought the D800E.
This is now my D400 as it gives me a around 90% of what I could want from that camera if it ever arrives. Like my D800 is worked "straight out of the box", that alone increases the feel good factor