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  1. Great review, may have to order from the US to save a few hundred ££.. All I am going to be able to remember now is the salamander thing.

  2. Hi Toby, greetings from South Africa!

    I’ve been researching options my first DSLR for weeks and I have to say your reviews are the most practical, straightforward and helpful I’ve come across; very watchable and readable 🙂 Thanks for putting in the time and effort to freely help so many people this way!

    I had been fairly settled on the D5200 as my first DSLR, but browsing sample images on your site has now got me wondering about some things, and I’m hoping you can help… To give you an idea of the type of shooting I do, it’s mainly bird photography and stylised food blog pics, as well as anything else in between. I’m aiming for a camera that focuses quickly and accurately and produces clean, sharp images that don’t need a whole lot of photoshopping afterwards. Low light and video are of secondary importance to me. I’m not planning to upgrade from my first DSLR for many years, so I need something that will last.

    My questions are:
    – Firstly, that weird green tint on all the D5200 pics looks really cheap next to the T4i and D7100 pics. Are there any settings that would help correct that, or is it unavoidable? It seems as though the T4i’s reddish tint at least looks a bit more natural?
    – Secondly, I’m concerned about the ‘softness’ of the D5200 images. Almost every review I’ve encountered has mentioned this. Do you think this is just a lens issue, or an in-camera issue?
    – Thirdly, would you say that overall the D7100 is a better camera than the D5200 and worth saving up for as a long-term goal?

    OK, shew, sorry for such a long query! I’d be grateful for any input you can give 🙂
    Once again, thank you.
    Zest

    • Hi Zest, You can adjust Wb and you can shoot RAW to avoid the green tint, I rarely see it outside, more an inside under mixed lighting or fluorescent lights. I do prefer the look of Canon files but outside the D5200 and D7100 look quite nice. I only see softness of D5200 images when using the kit lens, stick any other lens on there and the pictures are very nice, really impressive. Now are these birds in flight? Because the D5200 is not the fastest camera around, I found it to be hesitant at time. The D7100 is a lovely camera, all the quirks and hesitations in the D5200 are gone BUT it has a smaller buffer than I would like to see. So for me the answer lies in how much fast shooting you need to do, if it is only a little get the D5200 and put the savings toward a nice lens. Hope that helps.

      • Thank you! Good to know that the green tint and softness aren’t as bad as I thought on the D5200. It really sounds like the D7100 is an all-round winner though… I’ll have to take another look at my budget and see if I can maybe squeeze in the extra bucks somehow 😉 If not, D5200 it is. Thanks again for your advice!

  3. Hi Toby, my wife and I both use the D5100 on our travels (you can look at our website if you would like) but I would like to upgrade to the D7100. I am giving my D5100 and kit lens (18-55 and 55-200) to my Son so I will be starting out fresh. Just looking for recommendation on a good quality walk around lens plus something for Landscape photo shoots. I’m not sure which lenses are good enough for the awesome 24 MP sensor without breaking the bank!
    Thanks for any advise!
    Mark

    • Hi Mark, First I will only agree to help you if I can come along for a week or two or three 🙂 You have some lovely photos on your site. There are some excellent lenses that can compliment that lovely sensor very nicely- let’s start low and work are way up.

      The 18-105 isn’t bad- good range but it doesn’t let that sensor shine.
      Better though is the new Sigma 17-70 (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AXZZ034/?tag=emaildpr-20), excellent range with macro capabilities and stabilization. Really nice walk around AND landscape lens.

      There are some more other options but they start to break the bank and are heavier or offer less wide angle range.

      You buy from Amazon? I’d appreciate it if you used my links to buy- D7100 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BI9X7UC/?tag=emaildpr-20

      Happy to answer more questions or chat about lenses.

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