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    Upgrade from D7000 to D7100?

    So I have owned the D7k for about 6 months...great camera.
    That being said I found that I really like wildlife photography (read: need lots of reach) as well as playing around with HDR. As I have read, the D7100 has this new crop mode as well as 5 brackets.....thoughts?


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    Re: Upgrade from D7000 to D7100?

    Why do you need to bracket wildlife shots? There's nothing much that the d7100 can do terribly better than the 7k.
    What with the buffer errors now cropping up..
    I would suggest you stick with the 7k...it's one of nikons best gift to man kind :-)
    If you really have that extra money to spend, invest in some good glass

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    Re: Upgrade from D7000 to D7100?

    I agree with WhiteLight. I had the option of buying the D7000 last month or wait for the D71000. I chose to get the D7000. I am glad I did. It is a tried and true camera, works like a champ and works very well with all my lenses. I do a lot of nature photography in warmer weather (I'm becoming a wimp in my old age ) and feel the D7000 will work just fine for me. I don't know how much of a difference you will see in your results, especially if you plan on using the crop mode in the D7100.

    Also, larger RAW files will take longer to process, especially if you have lots of them. I noticed a big difference between processing RAW images from my D3000 (10 MP) vs. my D7000 (16 MP). I have the computing power, but if I didn't, it would definitely be frustrating.

    Just my opinion.
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    Re: Upgrade from D7000 to D7100?

    Crop mode only cuts down the useable space of the sensor. The 24mp would allow you to crop more to appear like you had more reach.

    I can't believe your still using a 6 month old body! You're overdue for an upgrade !!
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    Re: Upgrade from D7000 to D7100?

    Hmmm.....well, I was not aware that there are problems already identified with the 7100; that is unfortunate. That said, @Whitelight, I should have been more specific when I noted my interests. I really wouldn't bracket wildlife shots....really don't have the time. I was referring to a separate HDR interest in general, and the 2 more brackets would enhance the results. I am really awaiting a few professional reviews to get a comparison. @RickM, Perhaps I misunderstood the crop mode on the 7100, but I thought I read that in crop mode you would be utilizing about 15MP in crop mode - slightly less than the D7000...no?

    @Piperbarb, I try to not be an early adopter of consumer products mostly because of the design/cost tradoffs they must make.....lol....that being said the new Nikkor 80-400 lens sounds very nice....I suppose we will see.

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    Re: Upgrade from D7000 to D7100?

    Crop mode essentially makes the sensor smaller, so the subject looks larger (filling a smaller space). On an fx camera, it allows you to use Dx lenses since they do not cover the entire Fx sensor. Crop mode on a Dx camera , in my opinion, really has no purpose besides pre-cropping a shot and reducing the file size.
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    Re: Upgrade from D7000 to D7100?

    Stick with the D7000 and spend on lenses
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    Re: Upgrade from D7000 to D7100?

    Quote Originally Posted by Allen View Post
    So I have owned the D7k for about 6 months...great camera.
    That being said I found that I really like wildlife photography (read: need lots of reach) as well as playing around with HDR. As I have read, the D7100 has this new crop mode as well as 5 brackets.....thoughts?
    You can always sell your D7000 with some loss then get the D7100.

    I like the details that I get with my D800E which has a weaker AA filter similar to the D7100. Imagine the details of the feathers or furs when shooting animals or even people of course.

    Now, is that a waste? That's up to you. If it makes you happy and contended, why not?
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    Re: Upgrade from D7000 to D7100?

    The "problem" with the D7100 is a design issue and evident before it was even released - with a 24MP sensor six shots will fill up the buffer, so even though it shoots 6 fps, you only get that for 1 second, and after that how much more you get depends on the speed of your card.

    There's a thread under the D800 forum where I go through a public vetting of whether or not to add a D800 to my D600 (which I upgraded to from a D7000). The day after I post it the D7100 is announced and in the middle of that thread I decide that perhaps it's the camera for me, only to discover the buffer issue and decide to go to the D800. I don't regret that move. I lose a couple FPS (4 vs. 6) but it's a huge bump in image quality, and in DX mode I still get a 16MP image like the D7000, only much higher quality (when the weather finally clears I plan on doing a blog post comparing the D800 in DX to the D7000).

    From what I've seen of the specs and images so far the D7100 would be a must have upgrade for any serious DX photographer - but the buffer size kills it for wildlife and sports. A real shame.
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    Re: Upgrade from D7000 to D7100?

    Quote Originally Posted by BackdoorHippie View Post
    The "problem" with the D7100 is a design issue and evident before it was even released - with a 24MP sensor six shots will fill up the buffer, so even though it shoots 6 fps, you only get that for 1 second, and after that how much more you get depends on the speed of your card.

    There's a thread under the D800 forum where I go through a public vetting of whether or not to add a D800 to my D600 (which I upgraded to from a D7000). The day after I post it the D7100 is announced and in the middle of that thread I decide that perhaps it's the camera for me, only to discover the buffer issue and decide to go to the D800. I don't regret that move. I lose a couple FPS (4 vs. 6) but it's a huge bump in image quality, and in DX mode I still get a 16MP image like the D7000, only much higher quality (when the weather finally clears I plan on doing a blog post comparing the D800 in DX to the D7000).

    From what I've seen of the specs and images so far the D7100 would be a must have upgrade for any serious DX photographer - but the buffer size kills it for wildlife and sports. A real shame.
    That just blows away the dust issue of the D600 . D7100 becomes the next talk of the town with it's "issue".
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