- Oct 16, 2012
Debating between the Nikon D5300 and the D7100. Suggestions?
Look at the Sony ⍺58. I love the Sony alpha series. One great thing is that Minolta lenses are easy to find and inexpensive. There are so many great features. Anyone who knows about DSLR cameras, will understand all the great features of the camera.
Between those two, the D7100 is certainly a better camera for general purpose DSLR use.
My perspective has changed over the years. Since the quality of smaller cameras has improved markedly over the years, I contend a small lighter camera is more useful as its less cumbersome to pack and take on trips. Clearly there are many, many people using DSLRs and there's nothing wrong with them but as I take trips with my family, I've found I've enjoyed the trip and the experience more by taking a smaller camera which takes good photos vs. taking a large DSLR and maybe not enjoying the experience as much but taking high quality images.As others are indicating there many "quality" cameras, and exactly which would best suit your needs is hard to say without a great deal more information.
Thom Hogan has used ( he does a lot of travel photography ) and reviewed many of the cameras mentioned here, all of which are fine cameras.
Howso? According to the above links, they use the same sensor.D7100- better cropping options for far away wildlife.
Both cameras have pros and cons. The D5300 is smaller, lighter, has the same IQ as the D7100 but lacks weather sealing and more advanced features.I guess I really don't understand the question, because between those two, the 7100 is clearly the better camera for still photography,
If this is your first DSLR I strongly suggest you get it now and shoot, shoot, shoot!
Thanks for the thorough response. I will try to provide more detail once I'm back home.I'm not a Nikon shooter, but our friend The Google points us to these pages:
You don't say what type of photography you're looking to do, but we'll assume landscape and wildlife in Alaska. Good photographers will all tell you that good glass matters more than the camera body. You can get better pictures with excellent glass and a mediocre body than with mediocre glass and an excellent body.
Based on all of the above, including what I see at the linked pages, I would strongly recommend going with the D5300 and spending the difference on (a) better lens(es). It sounds like a very capable camera and equivalent to the D7100 in most ways that matter for photography typical of an Alaskan trip. About the only thing I would miss on a big trip is the dual memory card slots of the D7100 for automatic photo backup (but I recently got a Canon 70D for my upcoming Alaska trip, so I won't have that anyway; I solved it by getting a Kingston MobileLite to backup photos which is just $25 right now on Amazon).
Howso? According to the above links, they use the same sensor.
About lenses, you might also consider doing what I'll be doing, which is renting a higher end lens for the trip rather than buying it outright. This can allow you to stretch your lens budget even further by putting some truly excellent glass on your camera and getting those killer wildlife/landscape shots. For me, I'm currently looking at renting a Canon 100-400mm L lens for $113 for 2 weeks. Not bad at all, considering that lens is $1600-1700 new. It will nicely complement my existing cheaper lenses and give me the reach to get those nice tight shots of the bears from a safe distance.
Many local places may rent lenses, or you can go with an online place like borrowlenses.com or lensrentals.com.
Regarding the recommendations to go with a smaller camera, that is often very good advice. I left my old DSLR at home and only took my high end point and shoot (Canon S95 at the time) on a trip to Europe a few years ago. I didn't want to lug the DSLR around because of the inconvenience and looking even more like a tourist in pickpocket-happy areas. The S95 took beautiful shots for a camera its size, and I got several that are now hanging on my walls at home. Current micro 4/3rds cameras will do even better.
This question will really come down to what activities you will be doing and whether you want to carry the DSLR/lenses all the time. For my upcoming Alaska trip, I evaluated this and decided I wanted the DSLR. It's going to be much different than the Europe trip a few years ago.
For me (and I suspect many others) it was ultimately the versatility of the 70D that won me over. Image quality is extremely important to me, but after studying various sample images of both cameras, I felt that the difference wasn't enough to justify sacrificing the Canon features I would find useful, including the ones you mention - wifi, articulating touchscreen, better autofocus (especially live view / movie). For real world situations, the difference only seemed to be at the level that pixel peepers would notice or care about, if that.What made you go with the 70D? I'm still trying to figure out why this camera is so popular when the image quality has been shown time and again to be inferior to that of the D7100. Not saying that the IQ is bad by by any means, but for me personally, I'd rather have the best IQ over any amount of features (e.g. articulated touch screen, built in Wifi, etc.), however convenient.
I'm also thinking about adding that Tokina to my rental list for wider shots. It gets great reviews, and would also be very handy for any interior shots on the cruise portion of our trip. Biggest dilemma is I don't want to go overboard [ha ha] and carry too many lenses if I can get away with fewer (without regrets).I was thinking of renting a lens or two as well. Namely the Sigma 10-20mm or Tonika 11-16mm. Thinking about buying the Nikon 35mm f/1.8g. But with whatever camera I get I plan on going with the 18-140mm lens kit.
I'd go for one the smaller micro 4/3 cameras. They're smaller yet produce excellent images.
I have an Olympus OMD EM5 and I think that would be a great option.
This does suggest that a DSLR is what you need to get the type of image you want. That is perhaps somewhat more true of shooting in Alaska than other places...[...] but for me personally, I'd rather have the best IQ over any amount of features (e.g. articulated touch screen, built in Wifi, etc.), however convenient.
This indicates you are interested in landscapes and general protography, but not particularly in wildlife? If wildlife is in fact of interest, take a very hard look at the new Tarmron 15-600mm lens. And that is true for those with Canon cameras too, because while the Canon 100-400mm is nice lens, it just isn't the same as a 600mm lens.I was thinking of renting a lens or two as well. Namely the Sigma 10-20mm or Tonika 11-16mm. Thinking about buying the Nikon 35mm f/1.8g. But with whatever camera I get I plan on going with the 18-140mm lens kit.
Thanks for the info. I plan on taking my iPhone 5s, a Go Pro HERO3+ (which a friend is lending to me), and my new DSLR. You're definitely right in that I will most likely be doing a lot of, if not all, shooting on auto. Really I just need to the order the damn camera. I'm four weeks away from leaving and am still thinking and debating. I wonder why more people were shooting Canon when you were there. The EOS 70D does interest me for the reasons I indicated earlier, but I still want to see more comparison shots between the D7100. Also, I fully plan to take my DSLR everywhere with me (e.g. when hiking glaciers, dog sledding, helicopter tour, etc.). The only exception I think I would make is if I go kayaking.When we went a couple years ago, I took my d50, if you can imagine. Yes, you read that right, a Nikon d50. Old! I was just using an 18-55 kit lens on it at that point, and honestly on a crop sensory that could do ALMOST everything you wanted to there. It was wide enough for glacier shots, fast enough to catch moments. We were in an RV driving around, and not needing to change lenses was good. (You get a lot of dirt in the RV on the denali hwy.)
When we flew Denali, then you wanted a longer lens. Doesn't nikon have an 18-105? You could go with that or an 18-200. Sure it's variable ap, but you're a newbie who's going to shoot on auto. One lens, no changes while you're in all that dirt. I used my 70-300 variable ap on the plane, and that worked for glacier shots. I had to switch though. (back to the dirt issue). Be more brave than I was and clean the window where you're going to sit before you get on the plane.
Now if you plan to hike glaciers, you're not probably going to take your expensive new camera. You're going to pay up on your insurance for when you drop it and take your iPhone or something slim.
Not to swizzle your brain, but when I was there most people were shooting canon. I love my d7000 and can rock it, but I'm just saying most people up there were shooting canon. If, when you go on the bus into denali you want distance, well then you're going to wish for that 200-300. Really though, you're not going into Denali to be a photographer, kwim? The bus will stop and the driver is going to snap a picture of you and yours with the mountain in the distance. Photographers get special permits. If you hike you're going to take some candids. If you're into nature, you might find yourself doing macro shots of interesting plants. Just depends on what you want to do, kwim?
I wouldn't go back to JUST the iPhone, just because I'm addicted to the SPEED of a dSLR and need it with my kids. But you know, you can have some serious fun with something as slim as an iPhone. You can get an app and upload and blog those shots immediately. The focusing distance on the iPhone is surprisingly good. You'd just be surprised what you can do with it. Take a couple things (your new d7100, an iPhone, etc.) and just use the thing that's appropriate for the situation. When you take a day boat trip to all the glaciers, you'll use a mix of wide and zoom. Sometimes I zoom on my iPhone, and it's sort of a mix. If you've got money the money, but the d7100 and enjoy it.
If you decide to take just your iPhone, get an iphoneography book and work on maxing it out.