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    D7100 Terning into my Favorite

    This little camera continues to impress. I've tried it with several different lenses now. With ample lighting it's an impressive performer. Beyond ISO800 I prefer the D800.

    Nikon 70-200 f2.8 VRII w/2x TC.
    1/1600s f/5.6 at 400.0mm iso800
    26-May-2013 17:55:42
    D7100 Terning into my Favorite

    Nikon 300mm f4 (IMO this is THE lens to match with the D7100)
    1/1600s f/5.0 at 300.0mm iso250
    19-May-2013 20:53:35
    D7100 Terning into my Favorite

    As you can see in this next one, the focus tracking has no problem with a target closing at high speed.

    Nikon 500mm f4
    1/2000s f/5.6 at 500.0mm iso500
    27-May-2013 08:56:21
    D7100 Terning into my Favorite

    This one's momma never taught it not to talk with food in its mouth. The prior frame was a bit OOF but it reveals the bird with its mouth wide open screeching at someone.

    1/2000s f/5.6 at 500.0mm iso400
    27-May-2013 08:58:13
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    Another superb set against great lighting. The last one is a real standout.

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    Great set Dan!

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    Beautiful work, Dan.

    But I hope you know you're contributing to the frustration of novice BIF'ers by making this look far easier than it is.

    Do you still have autofocus with your 2x TC? I presume not, and that makes your effort all the more impressive.

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    Thanks, guys.
    Quote Originally Posted by kdoc856 View Post
    ...Do you still have autofocus with your 2x TC? I presume not, and that makes your effort all the more impressive.
    Yes AF still works with the 2x. If it weren't for AF I might be better at landscapes.

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    Re: D7100 Terning into my Favorite

    Hi Dan: Thanks for sharing. Your BIF shots are always awesome and inspiring. I have been doing some serious research into an upgrade from my current D3100. So far, the 7100 has been my likely choice and I think you have confirmed that for me. Also, I love the pun...

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    Incredible images... Thank you for this morning's inspiration.

    What time of day did you take these photos? and in general... ie; always during the golden hour to capture that light or just whenever the light is good enough for BIF?

    Thank you.

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    Christina I added the date/time info to the EXIF on each shot in the OP. Two morning and two evening keeping in mind that this time of year sunrise/sunset here are at bizarre hours, today roughly0430/2330. One little advertised aspect of Alaska is that we don't have the "golden hour" phenomenon rather golden hourS. The sun travels such a shallow arch across the sky here that we get low/angular lighting for two/three hours at each end. Not quite as much hurry up here for sunrise/sunset photography.

    Susan, I can't say enough positive about the D7100. Nikon packed an incredible amount of technology into a relatively innexpensive body. It has the same focus module as the pro level gear and similar customization features as well. And with the resolution and AA filter removed it is ultra sharp. Paired with the (also relatively innexpensive) 300mm f4 it makes for a good entry into high quality wildife gear. Beyond ISO800 it can start getting a bit noisy but only an issue if you crop heavily or plan to make huge prints.

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    Re: D7100 Terning into my Favorite

    Thanks Dan... Does your camera perform equally well at iso 800 on black birds in flight?

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    Great shots Dan. What I was wondering was is the shutter speed that you posted of 1/1600s correct as I believe the D7100 only goes to 1/8000s by the specs from Nikon.

    Cheers;

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    Re: D7100 Terning into my Favorite

    Quote Originally Posted by Christina S View Post
    Thanks Dan... Does your camera perform equally well at iso 800 on black birds in flight?
    No reason why it shouldn't if properly exposed. Not BIF but at ISO800 the blacks came out well on the grebe shots that I posted a while back. Weather permitting, I hope to shoot an eagle or two this weekend. Not black but dark enough that the underside of the wings can be challenging.

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    Re: D7100 Terning into my Favorite

    Quote Originally Posted by Polar01 View Post
    Great shots Dan. What I was wondering was is the shutter speed that you posted of 1/1600s correct as I believe the D7100 only goes to 1/8000s by the specs from Nikon.

    Cheers;

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    Hi, Allan. You must need a cup of coffee. Count the zeros

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    Re: D7100 Terning into my Favorite

    Dan you are right I do need something, I must have looked at those numbers 3 or 4 times, in all fairness I had not had my morning coffee. Next time I will make sure that I do have something even it is a scotch (single malt).

    Cheers:

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    Re: D7100 Terning into my Favorite

    I like what you do, great images Dan.

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    Re: D7100 Terning into my Favorite

    Great images, both technically and artistically!

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    Re: D7100 Terning into my Favorite

    Dan, great pictures. The only drawback to the D7100 is its weight relative to its baby sisters, the D5100 or D5200. I often walk around for two or three hours when I'm out taking pictures. I have the D5100 which begins to feel heavy after a couple of hours. Just an added thought to Dan's discussion of the D7100.

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    Re: D7100 Terning into my Favorite

    Hi Dan,

    Great shots and yes, the D7100 is a great camera. If I am shooting wildlife, I tend to actually run it at a fixed 800 iso to get a better shutter speed and aperture choice (f/11) with my 70-300mm.

    Do you use the 16MP "1.3x" crop mode at all?
    (I do, as I don't have a proper TC, nor a lens to use it with)


    Karm, regarding the weight; I do tend to notice the extra; it is 675g, vs 550g of my D5000, but the benefits are worth it for what I shoot

    Cheers,

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    Re: D7100 Terning into my Favorite

    Thanks for the comments, everyone. Glad you enjoyed the photos.

    Dave, I have used the 1.3x crop mode a few times just to save space on the card when shooting something static that I can frame carefully. Ironically one advantage of that mode is a higher fps which is what you need when the critters are moving more. But then I don't dare risk clipping a wing etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by Polar01 View Post
    ...I must have looked at those numbers 3 or 4 times...
    Well that's at least one thing we have in common. Once I've looked at something written it seems to get etched in my brain at whatever my first impression was. Proof reading anything I've written myself is mostly a waste of time. Maybe it's a blessing to have frequent opportunities to remind one of one's fallibility and to be humble

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