Bigbury-on-Sea and Burgh Island Devon - Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100 16-85mm lens

Bigbury-on-Sea and Burgh Island Devon - video and photographs with Nikon D5100 and 16-85mm lens.

Nikon D5100 16-85mm zoom

Nikon D5100 16-85mm zoom
Even with a bad back, on a day that involved walking I didn't find the D5100 to be that heavy, even with the 16-85mm lens. Though nowhere near as light as m4/3 for example, its easily manageable for a days shooting.

Nikon D5100 16-85mm zoom

Nikon D5100 16-85mm zoom

Nikon D5100 16-85mm zoom

Nikon D5100 16-85mm zoom

I like the D5100 very much. Its a camera that "punches above its weight."

Nikon D5100 16-85mm zoom photographed with a Nikon D7000 and 35mm f/1.8 lens.

It doesn't have the "thoroughbred" feel of the D7000, but for a camera at this price point and level it does give the impression of something more expensive, in terms of performance and handling. 

Nikon D5100 16-85mm zoom photographed with a Nikon D7000 and 35mm f/1.8 lens.

This hasn't always been the case with Nikons. I remember having a D60 which I thought had a very cheap plastic feel to it. Not so with the D5100. The 16-85mm lens is also excellent. While the 18-55mm kit lens isn't bad for what it is, the 16-85mm is somewhat better, both in terms of image quality, build and feel. Though it is more expensive.

Nikon D5100 16-85mm zoom photographed with a Nikon D7000 and 35mm f/1.8 lens.

Nikon D5100 16-85mm zoom photographed with a Nikon D7000 and 35mm f/1.8 lens.

The hand strap was bought off ebay for £4.95 and the battery grip is a modified D3100 grip.

If you are interested in this, as there will probably be no Nikon grip for the camera, and there is currently no 3rd. party alternative, the modification required (a small bit of filing) is shown here. http://nikond5100price.com/2011/06/d3100-grip-modification-for-d5100-video/  It took me 10 minutes and its very easy. 

I've already talked about the image quality from the D5100, which is virtually identical to the D7000 and Pentax K-5, Sony a580 etc. and is very good indeed. And I've also talked about its usefulness for video with the 16-85mm. Indeed since getting this camera I think I've shot more personal video with it than all the other video enabled stills cameras I've had put together. 

Incidentally there are still lots of comments and reviews on the web that continue to say that its not that useful as a video option. I've written lots here to attempt to counter that, as I believe its the opposite. I personally think its the best camera I've used for shooting video and that includes the Panasonic GH1/2 and Canon 5DMkII and 7D. There's a decent review of it here - http://www.camcorderinfo.co.uk/content/Nikon-D5100-DSLR-Camera-Review.htm?redirected=www.CamcorderInfo.com%2Fcontent%2FNikon-D5100-DSLR-Camera-Review.htm