Nikon D7100

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  1. NikonsAndVStroms

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    Update: With the faster (80 mb/s) SD card it will do about 7 shots to fill the buffer, then takes ~1 second to clear. With a full buffer you go down to maybe 1-2 FPS? I haven't measured it but it's still moving.
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    Congrats on the new toy. Are you keeping the D700?
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    This makes me want to sell my D5100 and go 7100.
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    Yup! They make a great combo, the D7100 is a good bit lighter and with crop lenses it helps even more. Plus the D700 still handles bright red lights better, and there's that razor thin DOF from FF.

    With video you see the shake I deal with a lot :lol3 I'm going to ask the band and just make sure it's cool to post that video. It's high ISO @ 6400 so you'll see grain but also the nice effects from a F1.8 lens. The shots I have from that night I can post for sure when they're done (they're going on my public page already), this was a trial by fire since I didn't bring the D700 and many shots were ISO 12,800.

    The great news for anyone with iffy hands is that extra reach! Instead of my 70-210 F4 I was able to use my 28-75 F2.8, I know I mentioned the lightness before but it's worth saying again :clap

    Finally for the buffer with a step below top of the line card (Sandisk Extreme 80 mb/s, the extreme pro os 95 mb/s) I didn't notice any real problems.

    Edit: For low ISO samples I'm doing a studio product shoot whenever my wireless trigger comes in (no PC sync port on the 7100 has me finally getting away from that annoying wire!) so I know this is a dangerous question here on ADV :lol3 but any ideas for what I should take pics of for samples?
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    :nod

    Though the D7100 does offer up a selection of cheaper lenses which use an AF motor in the camera that the D3xxx/D5xxx series cameras can't AF with. So if you want that or the front control dial then the D7100 would be more worth it. For image quality it is a nice bump in dynamic range, and it likely will be sharper (but only with very, very sharp lenses) BUT not a big enough jump to make it a gotta have. You will get better overall images investing in lenses if you don't have higher quality ones yet.
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    Alright... I'll keep shooting my 5100... :D
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    I love my Canon! Camera bag that is :D

    Camera nerds will probably be giving me :huh looks as I pull a D700/D7100 out of it.
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    Got permission, so here's an ISO 6,400 video....so yeah there is grain but even with a crop camera F1.8 makes for a nice thin DOF:

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    (the hiccup in the video is smugmug's fault the original doesn't have it)
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    And an image test, this one is at ISO 3,200 and has been processed in lightroom for B&W but nothing fancy, just and a tiny bit of noise reduction in lightroom 4.

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    Here's a 100% crop to show the noise level/detail that's left.

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    You can see how small of an area that is of the total photo so in any web photos you wont notice it at all, and in prints you wont unless they're pretty large.

    And an ISO 6,400:

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    100%:

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    ISO 12,800:

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    100%:
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    Also those last 2 were in much harder lighting conditions, I was at F1.8 for both and had to bring them up a bit so you can get a good bit less noise for those values.....but as you can see even with it thanks to all the resolution it's still not too bad.

    Edit: Since then I've shot it at high ISO conditions where I can get proper exposures so I didn't have to push them like above:

    ISO 12,800:

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    ISO 6,400:

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    Finally used it in the studio with some models....can't post the pics right now (gotta ask permission) but what I can tell anyone looking for a camera is HOLY SHIT. Put some good glass in front of this sensor and you will be blown away at the detail. I'm sure the D600 is better in low light but I continue to be blown away by this camera.

    Insane detail, 24 MP without the AA filter is :tb, dynamic range better than my Fuji S5 which is very well known for that, and high ISO performance up there with my D700.

    I could gush some more but seriously all this and refurbs are 900 bucks now :eek1 it's one serious photographic tool :deal
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    Do you still feel this way about the D7100 ? Bodies on sale for $999 right now.

    Was thinking about using a AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens with it for general use.

    And, my 28mm 2.8D and 50mm 1.8D for low light and portrait type shots.
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    Yes about the camera, it's still my go to over the D700 for most cases (The D700 is only when I need razon thin depth of field, or low light ultra wide angle shots since I have a F2.8 FX and F4 DX lens in that class), but I have mixed feeling about that lens. I was writing up my own review by DPReview's covered it all and went into some more detail so I'll C&P:

    http://www.dpreview.com/lensreviews/nikon-af-s-18-300mm-3p5-5p6-vr/5

    It's tough to give advice on this one with all the possible advantages/trade offs all coming down to personal preference but since this is a pretty expensive purchase that will likely last you for years and years to come what I'd do is buy the body and then rent some lenses. First spend a little time shooting with your 2 primes just to get a general feel for the camera so learning those basics/setting it up doesn't get in your way and then if you go to borrow lenses (http://www.borrowlenses.com/) you can rent the 17-55 F2.8 and 18-300 for 3 days on a long weekend for 110 bucks including insurance and everything plus I bet with some digging there are some coupons out there especially for a first time customer.
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    Just a quick correction here as I look back at my older posts, it must have been a really bad one off situation I shot the D7100 with because I've learned it actually is the superior camera with red/purple light. The D700 will blow out a lot sooner especially at higher ISO's making images near useless in some situations while the D7100's sensor retains some tonality.
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    New D7100 body, Used 17-55mm f2.8 lens, B+W 77mm UV Haze filter...

    ...in the mail. On the way...

    Will report back after I get it all up and running next week...

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