>Thanks for the response. >I am pretty happy with the D90. >I was just wondering if the better resolution and higher >number of autofocus points would help greatly with wildlife >photography? > >Ray Wilson >Web: raywilsonpix.weebly.com Hi Ray,
Absolutely, I'm an amateur who's been shooting for decades. I upgraded from the D90 to the D7100. The higher resolution allows you to crop wildlife photos more to get composition you want and still have a usable image.
I really like the coverage of the 51 focus points and use them frequently. I was at a shoot at a nature center that rehabs birds and got a great shot of a snowy owl using a focus point to the right side on the bird. I was using a 18-200DX and with other shooters with 600mm lenses I couldn't get as close as I like. I had to use the right focus point because the handler was in the shot on the left side. One of my best shots ever.
The high ISO performance is amazing compared to the D90. I shot pictures of my grandsons in good light at 1/500 and auto ISO went to 3200 (I went to my user setting for birds and forgot to lower the speed). The pictures looked good with out any noise reduction in post (camera was probably set to normal high ISO NR).
You do need to shoot at higher speeds to avoid motion blur when shooting handheld than with the D90 because of the higher resolution, but that's not a problem once you get used to using higher ISO's than are usable with the D90.
I loved the D90. The D7100 and the 18-200 DX had some issues so it wasn't love at first sight, but a warranty repair on both made the D7100 just as dependable as the D90.
Thu 27-Mar-14 03:14 AM | edited Thu 27-Mar-14 05:50 PM by clickhans
If you track birds the D7100 would be worth it (not for the focus points) but the crop possibility is a plus besides the Autofocus tracking. I love my D90 for several reasons (one is focus trap) and returned two defective 7100 and went to a D7000 with the Sony IMX071 16.2 megapixel CMOS sensor. I am happy with the DOF
If you are not printing large and have long lenses so you do not have to crop excessively, I doubt anyone would see the difference in your images. I you were shooting sports or printing large I would encourage you to change but landscape and nature are pretty good matches for the very forgiving and competent D90. There ARE reasons to upgrade but only in conditions and subjects that need the faster AF, and higher pixel count. I shot my D90 a lot more than the D7000 and D800 that I added after I had over 100,000 shots taken with the D90. Its small size and weight allowed it to be a constant campaign so it got used every day. Now, the kit is so heavy and large, I only shoot when it is planned. Stan St Petersburg Russia
I have never been unhappy with my D90 and I am dragging my feet in listing it for sale. I went to the D7100 because I love shooting with old AIS lenses. My Macro is a Dine/Kiron 105mm. and I have a collection of primes that all meter with the D7100 as well as indicate when they are in focus which is sometimes tough without the old split image viewfinder or Fresnel screen. Others have spoke to the fact that you can crop an image and it will hold up better than a full frame shot taken with the D90. The camera is a bit larger than the D90 and it actually feels better in my hand.
I guess you see that your choice will be in gaining inches and not yards in features and such. I will close by saying you will not regret the upgrade just shake you head over the cost. I don't know if Nikon is still offering the great rebate on the 18-140mm bundle but for birding you may find the super fast focus a big plus. The first time I shot it I actually jumped it focused so fast. 8^) JB
I'VE TAKEN THE PLUNGE ! Hi folks thanks for the advice received. After considering the FX route, I have decided to upgrade to a D7100 as I think it provides me with the features I think I want without the greater expense of FX via something like a D600. I have just ordered one today !
Congratulations, Ray. As mentioned earlier, due to the higher resolution, proper shooting techniques are more important. It is not as forgiving, but when the shot is right, it's a thing of beauty.
I went from the D7000 to D7100. If you ever shoot in bursts, the buffer is tiny, so I recommend getting the Sandisk Extreme Pro SD cards. I languished with slightly slower cards, which were okay in the D7000, but recently upgraded for the D7100. Wish I'd done it day one. The buffer empties much faster.
Congratulations on the new camera. It is a very good buy, high quality features at a modest price. My D90 cost more than the D7100. Several mentioned steep learning curve. Actually there will be very little change, just learning where needed controls are, for that I have not seen a better overview than the Nikon manual itself. There are books with more detail but few with more direct camera information. The basics of photography are the same, and some added features will not be used as often as the basics so there is time to figure out how they impact your own work. Just go to the chapter on the AF system and you will be 90% ready to take good images within minutes of charging the battery. From the D90 to D4, there is very little pertaining to basic photography that is different, just in the number and features of added subsystems that really do not impact image quality much. When I added the D7000 and later D800, there was nothing that needed learning other than control placement and the D800 manual is still in its unopened plastic wrapper. It was far more of a jump from my film camera to the D90 than the D90 to D800. You will probably find the same. I am saving for a D4s to add to the kit and do not expect any learning curve, steep or otherwise, with it either. You will not have any problem either. Stan St Petersburg Russia
You are the only one that can decide if its worth upgrading on not. For me I think the D7100 is well worth the upgrade, the better AF system, better low light capabilities and better resolution are already a good enough reason to upgrade to the D7100.
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I received my new D7100 yesterday and have only taken a couple of shots with it. My first impression is the lack of noise a greater ISO. I tried ISO 2500 and there was little noise. The shutter is quiet and the large autofocus cluster makes life a bit easier. Will take it to a local zoo tomorrow and give it a proper try, but I am well pleased so far! Ray Wilson Web: raywilsonpix.weebly.com
This really is a no brainer in my opinion. I've had both the D90, D7000 and now the D7100. The D7100 with its technology leaps is a stunning camera to own. Buy it and I can assure you you won't regret it. It's so good I call it my D800E lite