APS-C lives! Nikon D7100 and landscape photography








All images Nikon D7100 18-55mm and 55-200mm zooms

Despite the current enthusiasm for 35mm sized sensors, Nikon have shown that APS-C is far from finished, as indeed is the DSLR. While the D7100 has no individual character design wise, and looks and handles just the same as all Nikon DSLR's, the sensor minus an AA / Low pass filter shows just how fast things improve these days. 

This is certainly an improvement on the Sony NEX-7 I used extensively last year. Sharper, and better at higher ISO's. I took it out with the two 'kit' zooms and both performed well if no more than that. There was a particular problem with atmospheric conditions which has affected the pictures I took at the 200mm end. Haze is a real problem for 'pulling in' subjects in the distance.

The D7100 is lighter than my D800E and the two zooms I used are also relatively light. I also had a day recently with the camera and Sigma 12-24mm and that worked very well indeed.


In fact I liked the results from that lens a lot more than on my D800E. Nice and crisp.

The D7100 is obviously an excellent camera for travel / landscape / location photographers and the marginal extra sharpness, the image size and the extra depth-of-field make it very useful for people who shoot the same subjects that I do. With a good lens it produces very sharp images. I used my much underated 50mm f/1.8 with it and the pictures were top-class and easily able to be upsized to the same dimensions of my D800E files and make it very difficult to tell which was which.


Fashions may come and go in camera design, retro is everywhere, people get hot and bothered about peripherals like wi-fi, apps., and all the other gimmicks manufacturers tempt us with these days, but Nikon just get on with turning out cameras that do their job, are great to use and take wonderful pictures. Plus somewhat refreshing in these days when cameras get released in, what might be described as, a state of 'unfinished readiness!!' Nikon don't usually release firmware updates to fix what shouldn't have been a problem in the first place or add new features that should have been there from the start. They have also developed this encouraging habit of keeping cameras relatively secret then announcing them and making them available to buy very shortly afterwards. Again very refreshing.

Its no accident that when I had to trim back the amount of cameras and lenses I own, I decided to go with Nikon for the majority of what I use. I certainly haven't always had good experiences with Nikon, but in the main I have found them very good at what they do and these days they are very competitive price wise as well. 

It will come as no surprise when I say that I think the D7100 is a very good camera ideed. Dpreview have already given it some serious praise and there is very little in their comprehensive review I would disagree with.