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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · New to Nikon: My "Field Test" of the D7100/Canon Comparison


In the FWIW department, I had the chance to "field test" my Nikon D7100. This is my first Nikon product after thirty years of using first Minolta and then Canon gear, and I came to the D7100 from the Canon 40D,1D3 and 7D. My observations are as follows:

1. On this outing, I found the D7100's autofocus system is a bit better than the 1D3, much better than the 7D and far superior to the 40D. Once I learn the various D7100 autofocus settings, I expect the keeper rate to increase substantially. It is very, very good.

2. The D7100's sensor is simply excellent. Even with the extra resolution, noise performance is much better than the 7D at pretty much every ISO. Interestingly though, the 40D's files held up very well in comparison through 800 or even 1000 ISO. The D7100's high ISO performance is much better (as you would expect). However, the sensor demands really good glass. I loved the Tokina 12-24 on Canon - on the Nikon, not so much.

3. The D7100's metering, flesh tones and colors are all far superior (to my eye) than the 7D. The D7100's files are very sharp and clean. Again, the 40D/1D3 files hold up pretty well by comparison.

4. The D7100's buffer is indeed limited, but I did not find it to be crippling at all.

5. I was extremely surprised by and very impressed with the performance of the Nikon 70-300 VR zoom. It may be an inexpensive consumer lens, but on the D7100 it performed well above my expectations - sharp, precise focusing, nice contrast etc. I had been using a Canon 70-200 f4IS, which is a tremendous optic, but the Nikon more than held its own. That said, there does not appear to be a Nikon equivalent at the same quality/price point as either Canon's 17-55 2.8IS or 24-105 f4IS. I did not find the pricey Nikon 85 1.8g to be any better than the Canon 1.8, which sells for much less. Same with the Nikon 50 1.4g vs. the Canon 50 1.4. I can't speak to the 70-200 2.8s, or the bigger glass, but in general, it seems Canon's lenses give more performance for fewer dollars.

6. Canon's DPP is much better than Nikon's bundled software.

Bottom line: The D7100 is a great value and a very capable and solid performer. The 70-300VR is better than advertized and an insane bargain. And, the 40D really was an outstanding camera.



Jun 17, 2013 at 10:28 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · New to Nikon: My "Field Test" of the D7100/Canon Comparison


Agree with all you points except about the 40D. Like you I loved the 40D but its noise performance is a step behind the 7D and more so against the D7100. I'm guessing you were comparing at 1:1 native pixel sizes rather than at equivalent downsampled magnifications if you reached the conclusion that the 40D keeps up with the D7100 at any ISO.


Jun 17, 2013 at 10:35 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · New to Nikon: My "Field Test" of the D7100/Canon Comparison


You are correct, it was a 1 to 1 comparison.


Jun 18, 2013 at 01:53 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · New to Nikon: My "Field Test" of the D7100/Canon Comparison


I had a 40D and the noise on that wasn't that well controlled, especially to todays standards. My D700 is night and day difference compared to my 40D.

Here is an example. Now the data entered may be wrong, but ISO 2200 looks better on my D700 than this…



Jun 18, 2013 at 02:18 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · New to Nikon: My "Field Test" of the D7100/Canon Comparison


Dustin Gent wrote:
I had a 40D and the noise on that wasn't that well controlled, especially to todays standards. My D700 is night and day difference compared to my 40D.

Here is an example. Now the data entered may be wrong, but ISO 2200 looks better on my D700 than this…



You're also comparing newer FX technology (the d700) to older DX tech...that's not a fair fight...of course the d700 wins...next please.



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NathanHamler wrote:
You're also comparing newer FX technology (the d700) to older DX tech...that's not a fair fight...of course the d700 wins...next please.


lol. He tested the D7100 and compared it to his 40D. Isn't that new vs old? I only stated the D700 comment because i HAD a 40D and HAVE a D700. 40D came out in 10/2007, D700 came out in 10/2008.



Jun 18, 2013 at 07:18 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · New to Nikon: My "Field Test" of the D7100/Canon Comparison


I enjoyed reading the OP.

I have the D7100 and this is the first time I have had experienced pro autofocus. It is breathtaking what it can do and even in poor light.

I am looking forward to stretching its legs so to speak.



Jun 18, 2013 at 09:34 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · New to Nikon: My "Field Test" of the D7100/Canon Comparison


OP, thanks for the writeup. I've been shooting the D700 for four years now and have kicked around the idea of adding the D7100 for more reach since I'm not about to drop $$$$ for a 300/2.8.

BTW, if you enjoy the 70-300, you'll love one of the 70-200's



Jun 18, 2013 at 11:44 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · New to Nikon: My "Field Test" of the D7100/Canon Comparison


I can't speak to the 70-200 2.8s, or the bigger glass, but in general, it seems Canon's lenses give more performance for fewer dollars.
You might want to withhold judgement until you've used equivalent Nikkor glass on a pro FX body just sayin'...
Oh and welcome to the darkside!



Jun 18, 2013 at 11:58 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · New to Nikon: My "Field Test" of the D7100/Canon Comparison


trenchmonkey wrote:
You might want to withhold judgement until you've used equivalent Nikkor glass on a pro FX body just sayin'...
Oh and welcome to the darkside!


I always heard "you don't know the power of the dark side." Now I know why. Even after only a short time with the D7100, it is clear that this is an excellent product.. The trick now is finding lenses to match.

Oh, and one more thing: The additional 1.3 crop feature is tremendously useful. For about $2500 (D7100 + 300f4 + 1.4 TC) you get first class autofocus, 16 megapixel resolution and about 840mm of reach. That is an amazing deal by any measure.



Jun 19, 2013 at 02:06 AM





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