I had my first chance yesterday to use my D7100 for high-school football. I'm very happy with the results. The autofocus system on the D7100 is way better than on my D7000. It may be better than the one on my D3, or if not better, it's at least as good.
I shot most of the game with my D3 and 400/2.8, but I had the D7100 by my side for when the action got closer.
Here are some images. Images 3 and 4 were taken with an AF-S 18-70, others were with a 70-200 f/2.8. (EXIF is intact.) Images 3-7 were with an SB-800 speedlight.
1. Kicker, during warm-ups.
2. Receiver drill.
3. Captains approaching midfield for the coin toss.
7. Coach of the white team. (Can you tell from his expression which team won?)
Sat 07-Sep-13 02:28 PM | edited Sat 07-Sep-13 02:29 PM by billD80
>Focus: AF-C, 9-point dynamic, with the center point >selected. > >Exposure: Mode A for daylight shots, mode M for flash shots. >TTL flash. Matrix metering, applying +/- 0.33 or 0.7 EV as >needed. > >Quality: JPEG large, fine >
You are convincing me to trade my D7000 for a D7100 for basketball this year. If I trade my D7000, plus my D90, plus my old 85 f1.8D (I have the newer AFS version, now), I can pretty much get the D7100 for a straight-up trade or a few hundred bucks.
The AF lock-on and tracking on the D7000 for basketball (while much better than my D90) is that camera's only weak link.
That's my assessment of the D7000, too. It's an outstanding camera. For anyone shooting stills who doesn't need low-light tracking of fast-moving subjects, there is no reason to upgrade from the D7000 to the D7100. I still have mine and have no plans to get rid of it, even though I have the D7100 now. (I'll be using the D7000 as a remote camera for sports.)
I gotta agree with you two about the D7000 focus speed especially in low light. Glad to here that you are liking the D7100 so much Jon. I do not shoot 1/10th the sports I was doing otherwise I would definitely look to upgrade mine. Without the sports component I will save myself a few bucks and wait awhile before I upgrade again.
Marc There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.-Ansel Adams
These are very good but then so are you . Thanks for putting all of them up. I shot a few D7100 Monsoon soccer in the rain but at high iso so looking forward to the non-Monsoon. Ps thanks for the flash info Cheers, Tom