Today Technology X is taking a look at the Nikon D7100 18-105 VR Kit, which features the Nikon D7100 DSLR camera body and a AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens … now that’s a mouthful!
We’re taking a look at the D7100 and 18-105mm lens from a user’s perspective, showing you some examples of how well the photos and videos turn out. We even went on the road to Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory to take a look at some vivid color comparisons.
WHAT TO KNOW WHEN BUYING A DSLR
When it comes to taking photos, especially of those special moments, you can never be too careful when looking to purchase a camera. You want something that will reliably take photos of those precious moments, and in today’s world, finding a camera to do so is not typically an issue. The potential issue when purchasing a camera could be that the amount of features and buttons that come with it could be overwhelming. There are a few things you should remember when you are looking to purchase a camera, but mainly you need to know what you want to use the camera for. Once you know this, you can start looking at different features and aspects that the camera has, and make your judgment from there.
Ultimately, when you are looking to purchase a DSLR, or digital single-lens reflex camera, the biggest decision you have to make is what you will be using the camera for. You may be more inclined to take portrait photos, pictures of the landscape, or even zoomed in on your favourite hockey player. If you are using your camera for one specific purpose, then your camera and lens choice can be that much simpler.
The hardest decision can be choosing between a full frame and cropped sensor, personally this was a very difficult choice for myself. First off, what is the difference? When you hear someone talking about a full frame sensor, you should remember that it’s utilizing the large sized component to capture the image. Where a cropped sensor is using a smaller, or cropped, component to capture the image. A full frame sensor is great for taking landscape photos, as it will give you a great field of view as compared to a cropped sensor. However, if you are looking to take a lot of photos that are zooming in on a specific object or person, then a cropped sensor will make your life a little easier. Even though the cropped sensor takes photos that are smaller in size than a full frame, the cropped sensor essentially magnifies the lens’ capabilities by a certain degree, or crop factor, depending on the manufacturer. The image below is from Digital Photography School, and it gives you a great example of the different crop factors.
Once this has been decided, the rest of the features and specifications of the camera really become easy to choose. For example if you are a sports fan, and like to zoom in your favourite player, then it may be more beneficial for you to use a cropped sensor. Afterwards, the rest of the decision choices really come down to your personal preference, and are typically easy to choose. Do you need Wi-Fi, do you have a preference as to which manufacturer, or do you need pop-up flash? All of which are relatively easy choices to make.
Let’s bring the focus back to the Nikon D7100 and the Nikkor 18-105mm Lens, continue onto the next page a breakdown of the features and specifications.