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Nikon D5100 Digital SLR and Microphone Announced

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joshwa
joshwa ePHOTOzine Staff 4605 forum postsjoshwa vcard United Kingdom
7 Apr 2011 - 3:05 PM

We will be getting the camera in to review shortly... what do you want to see testing? Or do you have any questions you would like to ask Nikon?

LenShepherd
LenShepherd e2 Member 62505 forum postsLenShepherd vcard United Kingdom
7 Apr 2011 - 9:01 PM

I gather the D5100 viewfinder magnification is much smaller than the D7000 - if so definitely worth a comment.
As some-one using an external mic for video it is all too easy to forget to switch on the mic button battery - and get no sound.
The mic is on my shopping list (at a fair price) as I have more than 1 T shirt for silent video.
Taking the USA prices, converting at $1.6 to the and adding 20% VAT implies the suggested prices should be 600 for the body, and 120 for the mic.
Any chance of asking Nikon UK to justify the "rip off Briton" launch prices Smile

joshwa
joshwa ePHOTOzine Staff 4605 forum postsjoshwa vcard United Kingdom
7 Apr 2011 - 9:30 PM

The mic is 119 (RRP) - I expect the price of the SLR will drop over time, much like the D3100 did, or maybe they'll do cashback offers at some point, but I can certainly ask. However, isn't it the same with everything? Every camera, every electronic product UK vs USA prices?

User_Removed
8 Apr 2011 - 6:26 PM


Quote: I gather the D5100 viewfinder magnification is much smaller than the D7000 - if so definitely worth a comment.
As some-one using an external mic for video it is all too easy to forget to switch on the mic button battery - and get no sound.
The mic is on my shopping list (at a fair price) as I have more than 1 T shirt for silent video.
Taking the USA prices, converting at $1.6 to the and adding 20% VAT implies the suggested prices should be 600 for the body, and 120 for the mic.
Any chance of asking Nikon UK to justify the "rip off Briton" launch prices Smile

Don't forget the Import Duty in addition to the VAT. Both get included in the RRP in UK whereas, in USA, sales tax gets added to the published price (and varies a bit from state to state). I fell foul of that when I walked into a camera shop in US to buy a Nikon lens. The price on the ticket on the shop display cabinet was $499. The price I would have had to pay, had I not changed my mind, would have been $539.

joshwa
joshwa ePHOTOzine Staff 4605 forum postsjoshwa vcard United Kingdom
14 Apr 2011 - 7:09 PM

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D5100, Flash on, 200mm VR II f/2.0 lens

Detail: 100% cropped from left eye, f/2.8, ISO100

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joshwa
joshwa ePHOTOzine Staff 4605 forum postsjoshwa vcard United Kingdom
14 Apr 2011 - 7:27 PM

Actually I think this one is slightly sharper:

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joshwa
joshwa ePHOTOzine Staff 4605 forum postsjoshwa vcard United Kingdom
14 Apr 2011 - 7:48 PM

ISO100 100%
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ISO800 100%
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ISO1600 100%
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ISO3200 100%
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ISO6400 100%
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ISO12800 100% (Hi 1)
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ISO25600 100% (Hi 2)
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joshwa
joshwa ePHOTOzine Staff 4605 forum postsjoshwa vcard United Kingdom
14 Apr 2011 - 8:09 PM

Night vision mode: ISO6400 thumbnail, followed by 100% crop

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ISO: Hi 0.5

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ISO: Hi 1 (12800)

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ISO: Hi 2 (25600)

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ISO: Hi 3 (51,200?)

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ISO: Hi 3.3 (ISO?)

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Last Modified By joshwa at 14 Apr 2011 - 8:11 PM
lawbert
lawbert  71720 forum posts England15 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2011 - 8:17 PM

Hi Joshwa

Im none to keen on reviews of cameras especially when the glass bolted on the front of it is 4 times the price of the 5100 body which will eventually drop in price shedloads.

To me an honest review is taken with the camera as a kit...Ie the 18-55mm or whatever varaiables are available...(Im Not a Nikon User so im none to sure of the kit options)

Anyone that buys this camera will never place such expensive glass on the front so for a real test I would bolt on the plastic kit option and get the camera out in the real world where people will use it.

If you need such high end glass to do a test then an idea would be to go out and try a bird inflight or the like to test the af capability to extremes.

Just an ideaWink

peterjones
peterjones  123992 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2011 - 9:47 PM

The advice to sit back and watch the price drop is good unless you MUST have the latest now; for example the D7000 I think was launched at just over 1100 maybe even 1200 and is currently a shade under 900. If you were fleet of foot at Focus 2011 there were a few on Wednesday at 699.

joshwa
joshwa ePHOTOzine Staff 4605 forum postsjoshwa vcard United Kingdom
14 Apr 2011 - 11:11 PM

The first shots were with the 200mm the rest were taken with the kit 18-55mm VR lens. We got a variety of lenses to see what they were like basically as I thought it would be fun and give a variety of shooting options.

We also have the 85mm/1.4, 28-300mm VR, the 200mm f/2 and 18-55mm kit.

Last Modified By joshwa at 15 Apr 2011 - 2:21 AM
lawbert
lawbert  71720 forum posts England15 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2011 - 6:57 PM


Quote: The first shots were with the 200mm the rest were taken with the kit 18-55mm VR lens. We got a variety of lenses to see what they were like basically as I thought it would be fun and give a variety of shooting options.

We also have the 85mm/1.4, 28-300mm VR, the 200mm f/2 and 18-55mm kit.

For an honest representation of the cameras capabilites I would say the 18-55mm kit and the 28-300 vr would the most suitable lenses to pair with the 5100 as these are the most likely lenses buyers of the camera would useSmile

The 85mm f1.4 and 70-200 f2 would never be bought and used on an entry level body.

I can see its fun to pair them up but a real world review would combine a buyers budget spread between the camera body and lenses proportionatelyWink

joshwa
joshwa ePHOTOzine Staff 4605 forum postsjoshwa vcard United Kingdom
18 Apr 2011 - 7:27 PM

Preview now on-line with sample photos / video and speed tests:
http://www.ephotozine.com/article/nikon-d5100-digital-slr-review-16109

Testing has mostly been with the 18-55mm kit lens and 28-300mm VR lens.

joshwa
joshwa ePHOTOzine Staff 4605 forum postsjoshwa vcard United Kingdom
19 Apr 2011 - 1:40 PM

Full ISO range added from ISO100 to 6400, Hi1 (12800), Hi2 (25600) Colour and Night vision mode: Hi 1.5 (somewhere in between Hi 1 12800 and Hi 2 25600), Hi 3.7, and Hi 4 (ISO102400, highest it goes).

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