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p.1 #1 · D7100 lens performance?


I have read many comments that older lens “may not hold up” , “ not good enough glass” for the 24mp D7100. Realizing glass improves with technology and better glass may be needed to get the full benefit of the camera. Some of the reviews I read when deciding on the upgrade indicated one would need new good glass with the D7100. My limited experience has shown an improvement in performance of my 2004-2006 era lenses. Is it just my eye? I am not a professional and tend to lag behind in technology if what I have works for me. I’m just curious.


Oct 11, 2013 at 05:47 PM
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p.1 #2 · D7100 lens performance?


Your lenses have the same qualities and imperfections that they had before you bought your D7100. High resolution bodies just reveal more of the flaws in a lens's design than a lower resolution body when viewed at 100%. If you are not viewing at 100% (say a 8x10 print or a 1200px wide image on Flickr) the higher resolution body can actually have an advantage over a lower resolution body with the same lens (apples to apples).

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Oct 11, 2013 at 07:07 PM
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p.1 #3 · D7100 lens performance?


You can see the other way too. In many situations D7100, D600, D800 and so on are doing justice to some "old" glass. For instance I'm stunned to see how good is the little Nikon 45mm f/2.8 AI-P on D800. I also am very pleased with the special and unique character revealed by Nikon 105mm f/2.5 AI(S) and pre-AI (both Sonnar and Gauss design) on the same body. For portraiture my AF-D 180mm f/2.8 is also great on D800. So the best thing is to test yourself your lenses, replacing with newer glass if the results are not meeting your expectation.


Oct 11, 2013 at 08:27 PM
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p.1 #4 · D7100 lens performance?


I shoot a 7100, don't think the age of the lens has much to do with it. But rather the quality or grade of the lens. Some of the older cheaper zooms would probably be a problem but the higher quality or pro grade zooms I suspect would be fine and old primes work great. I got great results with an 500mm f4 AI-P until I upgraded to an AFS version. Even the AFS version is a 10+ year old lens and the results are awesome. Also use a 20+ year old 105 AF micro (non D version) which performs wonderfully on the D7100. If fact almost all my lens are 10+ years old. The newest I have is a 300 f2.8 VR and I struggle with this lens the most, don't think it's a body issue though, just need to get used to it.

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Oct 11, 2013 at 11:23 PM
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p.1 #5 · D7100 lens performance?


My two bodies, at this time, are a low-mileage D300 (sold the high-mileage D300) and a recent D7100. The glass I normally use on the D7100 are an older 20-35 f2.8D AF, an older 35-70 f2.8D and a newer 70-200 F2.8G VR2---the older lenses are in xlnt++ condition and they still deliver. Even my 70-300 VR lens is doing just fine on the D7100---so I guess the new cameras can live with some older lens...


Oct 13, 2013 at 06:16 AM
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I guess it depends. I picked up a Micro Nikkor 105/f4 non-AI with a PN-1 tube, which is what, 40 years old now? It's a great sample, no fungus, scratches, etc., and the combo works magic with the 7100.


Oct 13, 2013 at 01:10 PM
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MitchSC wrote:
I have read many comments that older lens “may not hold up” , “ not good enough glass” for the 24mp D7100. Realizing glass improves with technology and better glass may be needed to get the full benefit of the camera. Some of the reviews I read when deciding on the upgrade indicated one would need new good glass with the D7100. My limited experience has shown an improvement in performance of my 2004-2006 era lenses. Is it just my eye? I am not a professional and tend to lag behind in technology if what I have works for me.
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My own observation is that the newer lenses (past ~10 years) have better flare resistance, better contrast, better saturation, faster autofocus, and some have VR. Lens elements are now ground by robots, which has made them more consistent and have finer tolerances. The aspherical and "exotic" elements have really reduced color fringing, especially with digital sensors. Just as camera technology has changed over the past 20 years, lenses have advanced just as much.


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p.1 #8 · D7100 lens performance?


Its a great lens. I have a 17-55 but I purchased it for $700 with warranty. I need weather sealing and strong build for my work outdoors otherwise I would get the sigma.


Feb 22, 2014 at 04:11 PM
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p.1 #9 · D7100 lens performance?


In my experience, lenses that never quite came to life on older bodies - like the 200-400 VR I - practically make the newer 24 and 36 mp sensors sparkle. A bit like going from Scott Hamilton to Johnny Weir!

As always, the images look better on Flickr (better micro contrast.)

D7100 1/1000 ƒ/5.6 ISO 400 400 mm


mallard by christianhunold, on Flickr


D7100 1/2000 ƒ/5.6 ISO 400 290 mm


lesser scaup by christianhunold, on Flickr



Feb 23, 2014 at 01:18 PM
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p.1 #10 · D7100 lens performance?


A bit like going from Scott Hamilton to Johnny Weir!
This HAS to be the gayest reference of the year, on ANY photography fora.



Feb 23, 2014 at 01:23 PM
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p.1 #11 · D7100 lens performance?


Christian H wrote:
In my experience, lenses that never quite came to life on older bodies - like the 200-400 VR I - practically make the newer 24 and 36 mp sensors sparkle. A bit like going from Scott Hamilton to Johnny Weir!
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Great examples Christian.
"A bit like going from Scott Hamilton to Johnny Weir!"
A good analogy.



Feb 24, 2014 at 06:38 PM
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p.1 #12 · D7100 lens performance?


Dont have a good sample to give at the moment. but all my old lenses are working okay on D7100


Feb 26, 2014 at 06:32 PM
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trenchmonkey wrote:
This HAS to be the gayest reference of the year, on ANY photography fora.


Exactly what went through my head too!! Someone post some naked chick pictures to bring some manliness!



Feb 26, 2014 at 07:01 PM
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p.1 #14 · D7100 lens performance?


agreed with Christian -- my 200-400 VRI was awesome on the 7100, as much as it is on the Df and D800 as well.


Feb 26, 2014 at 07:35 PM





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