Summary: Ok the Nikon D7100 is great unit and the lens are ok, just ok. The rest of the stuff that comes with this package deal is pure garbage. The tri-pod is so cheap I put it in the trash. If I had it to do other I would have brought just the camera body and got the lens one at a time. The only reason I'm giving this 3 stars is because I love the D7100 so much.
Excerpt: I am only going to comment on the kit 18-140 lens. Not the camera. The reason is this lens doesn't even come close to giving what the camera is capable of. I honesty wish I just bought the body. I have never ever had to fine tune a lens to a camera before. This one needed it. Blurry at full view. I had to give it a +9 in the D7100 AF fine tuning controls. A +9! And it is still not as sharp as it should be for the money this lens costs.
Pros: Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, High ISO Performance
Excerpt: I purchased this camera because I need a second one to compliment my old D90. Besides my workhorse D90 already has shutter count of 103K. Overall, the camera is faster and more responsive than a D90. But from experience after using it the past 2 weeks, I would have been more satisfied with the D90. Even though a D90 is slightly heavier, it feels better built than the D7100. I just hope this makes it to top of Mt. Shasta or Half Dome on my future hikes.
Pros: Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Fast Shutter Speed, Large Clear LCD
Excerpt: The image quality is great, but once again, Nikon continues to handicap their cameras. I could only shop 6 shoot in raw and then the buffer is full. As a bird photographer, that is unacceptable. I do not have 6400.00 yo spend on a D4s, so I sent the camera back to b&h and I am switching to the Canon 7 mark II. With 10 FPS and a 31 frame raw buffer, that will fill my needs.
Pros: Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Image Quality
Excerpt: This is a poor replacement for my old D70 as a second, lighter DSLR. I always use only raw files so I see a direct comparison to my much heavier D700 and my now dead D70. There is just no comparison in image quality. The D7100 raw images are much much "grainier", particularly in the shadows, and the dynamic range is lower. This was a waste of money. I now lug the heavier, but superb, D700 everywhere and leave the 7100 at home.
Summary: This camera has some excellent features, the scene modes are excellent, and it has good controls for manual. Unlike my Canon 7D, it doesn't try to take every picture at 1/100 F4 even when it's bright sunshine and not a cloud in the sky. However, I am a high speed raw shooter, I do moving objects like people and trains. This thing is PATHETIC when it comes to that. It can only shoot 6, count them 6, RAW images on full frame high speed. My Canon 7D can shoot about 18.