D7000 vs D7100

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D7000 vs D7100

Postby dhr18 » Fri May 10, 2013 7:37 pm

I currently have a D7000 with the kit 18-105mm lens and a 18-200mm lens. I was thinking of upgrading to the d7100 a friend of mine os looking at purchasing my current camera with the 18-105 lens meaning it would be about $200 out of pocket. Is anyone familiar with the d7100. I like the fact that it has a locking mode dial and the increased autofocus point.I am also looking at upgrading and expanding my glass to better quality and was debating between a wide angle or a zoom lens to 300mm. I am still trying to find the type of photography I enjoy the most but it normally involves nature such as animal, landscape and looking at trying night timelapse. Occasionally I try sports photography for my rugby team as well which I think the increase in autofocus points would help with. Thanks for any info you can provide.
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Re: D7000 vs D7100

Postby nyker » Tue Jun 25, 2013 10:13 am

The main differences between the two are MP count 24MP (7100) vs 16MP (7000), AF metering system (51 vs 39 points) and
viewfinder (3.2" vs 3"). More megapixels doesn't always mean the camera with higher MP count is better, but in this case, the two are similar enough that argument is probably more justified.

Both bodies are pretty similar in other regards: size/weight, both use DX cropped sensors, 6fps, memory card type/capacity,
available ISO Range, similar HD movie capabilities, etc. In lower light, the 7100 is probably a bit less noisy than the 7000.

If you only have to pay an additional 200, I'd make the trade, why not (that is actually their new price differential retail). However, if you were considering buying a brand new one to upgrade from the D7000 without the buyer lined up, I'd say the differences are probably not worth buying an entire new body for.

In terms of upgrading lenses, you're asking the right question of what you plan to use it for. For a midrange zoom, the Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8 is a good fast lens - pricy new, but see if you can find one used with a warranty. Add in a 1.4x tele and that takes you to 280mm (without crop factor). You lose a stop, so that's more like a f/4 area 280mm, still plenty fast. Matched with a small prime or lower zoom, you'll cover 90% of shooting situations unless you are shooting birds or long range wildlife like wolves and bears.

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