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| p.1 #1 · D7100 first impressions |
Well, I finally got my grubby hands on my new D7100 today, along with an MB-D15 and an 85mm f/1.8G.
The MB-D15 unfortunately seems to be faulty in that it shows a flat battery regardless of what I put in it - tried 4 different fresh EN-EL15s and a fresh set of AAs, otherwise it works OK for now. Guess it'll be an RMA sometime soon
The D7100 is a nicer fit in the hand than my D7000 and feels a little lighter. The rear LCD is a big improvement over the D7000 in both size and clarity. The viewfinder display overlay is a very clear white rather than the green of the D7000 and the viewfinder seems bigger and brighter. The top LCD is very similar, although the AF mode icons are a little different and the metering mode icons are a bit smaller.
The mode dial lock is a welcome addition (lost count of the number of times I've fired off a string of frames and in my excitement, overlooked the fact that the mode dial had slipped from A to M resulting in wildly under, or overexposed shots). The addition of one touch playback zoom via the OK button (a la Nikon full-frame style) is a great bonus too. The release mode dial has dropped the IR remote setting (now found in the menu), but it's no great loss.
It was dark when I got home and got to playing with it, but one thing's for sure - the AF system will find a target in near darkness where the D7000 is left hunting and it shifts all the glass around in my Sigma 500 prime a heck of a lot quicker than the D7000.
So far, so good. Looking forward to taking it out tomorrow for a proper play.
The only (minor) criticisms I have are regarding the control layout. Nikon has reversed the preview and function buttons on the front and reversed the zoom+/qual and zoom-/ISO buttons on the rear compared to the D7k. Handling both the D7k and D7100 side by side tonight, it's quite frustrating - maybe it's a ploy by Nikon to get dual D7k owners to upgrade to dual D7100s rather than keeping one D7k as a backup......
Additional updates to follow, hopefully with pictures.