Hallo guys! It has been a while since my last update back in December 2012. The New Year has been quite a busy year for me and I’m sorry for those who have been following this blog.
What happens? Starting January 2013 has been a busy month for me. Until now I’ve just had about 3 times going out for photography. Being busy throughout the weekdays requires a relaxation time for me and family during the weekends.
What’s new? Throughout these times, I’ve been following an updates from Nikon on their next DX camera updates especially the Nikon D400 – but it never happens. Nonetheless, they have introduced a new D7100 instead. One of the feature that caught my interest is that 5 Auto Exposure Bracketing (even the D7000 and D600 doesn’t have that feature. The D800 has it but it is totally a different league already). As a landscape and HDR/DRI photographer, this feature is one of the most important stuff for me – a must have feature! Taking 3 exposures at a time and manually changing it for about 3 times in a row to make a total of 9 exposures is really tiring and time consuming. And now they have this feature build-in! How cool is that!
Now I’m back ~ with a new camera in hand ~ Yeah! As an owner of Nikon D90 for a quite some time, I feel that I really need something to fit my photography style. I need a camera that can shoot an Auto Exposure Bracketing for more than just 3 exposures. The D300s has it, but its old ~ really old then my D90. D7000 doesn’t have what I need. Then the latest addition to the Nikon Full Frame camera came out earlier this year – the D600 – also doesn’t have what I really need. Yes the image quality is more superior then then the DX camera but, if I jump ship to the FX body, I need to change the lenses that I’ve already own right now. Which means more $$$ is required!! As a casual photographer, I don’t need to spend that much for a camera.
The D7100 has the features that I’ve been dreaming for all this while – the 5 Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) plus a new sensor with 24mp. What more could I asked for? This is the ONE for me! When it has arrived at the camera store last Friday (22nd March 2013) and by next following day I have it in my hand already ~ YES!! The wait is finally over. 🙂
My 1st Impression about this camera? Technically, whoever owns a D7000 before doesn’t have any problem using this camera – it is identical accept the live view button is moved just a little lower to the other part and they have add an additional i (information) button below the ISO button. In camera setting is almost about the same as the previous generations ~ so I wouldn’t take so long to understand it though. By the way, I would not explain in details about this camera because during this time I believe that most of the well-known camera reviewer has already explained in details about it.
So, my first impression about this camera is all about the AEB functionality, focusing system and dynamic range capabilities ~ yes, it works like charm! I love it! The only side back about this camera is the Auto Image Preview. After taking the bracketed images, I will take about 5 to 6 seconds before the image is pop up on the screen. I hope Nikon will fix this issue in their next software updates.
To sum it up, I love this camera and my photographic journey are now continued (again) with the new companion in hand. (Hopefully.. hahaha!)
Here is the picture taken with my new companion. Shoot with jpeg, with 5 AEB frames. Enjoy!
Note: Should you have any questions about this camera or anything that you would like to ask me about HDR or DRI, just leave your comments down below. Thanks!