Ok, false advertisement here; The D7100 actually only got to fire a few shots. What gives ? Let me explain.
I bought off Le Bon Coin (for US readers, that’s our “Craig’s List” equivalent) a minty D7100 advertised as having “around 4000 shutter actuations”. Thank God, I paid for it using Paypal, which is always a pretty good idea when buying from a distance, and not checking the gear oneself. The seller shipped promptly and a pristine camera got here yesterday. This morning, after putting probably no more than 30 clicks on it, I decided, totally randomly, to check the shutter count. I was more than a little shocked to find out that it had 17065 clicks on the shutter. I ran it through three different programs, and came out consistently with the same value : 17065.
Of course I immediately emailed the seller, AND opened a Paypal file about it (never too careful). I’m not liking the camera half as much as I thought I would, and getting screwed on the shutter count is the perfect excuse to send it back. Had I liked it, I would have settled for a hefty discount. Now I want it gone. More on why, in a minute.
Pagaré again, in a VERY similar pose (intentional) with the other Nikon body. 1) can you tell which is which (I bet you can). 2) Do you see a *significant* difference in IQ between those shots ? Probably not
By the way, EXIFs have not been stripped, so you can very easily check. And because I’m nice I can even spare you the effort. D90 on top in both cases. And D7100 here. Same lens, settings either similar, or close
My friend Tracey, who eats cameras for breakfast, and goes through them faster than me, will confirm my theory on the huge sample variation that can exist in similar models, especially within the Nikon brand (Canon seems WAY less prone to this problem). Ever read the mention “good copy” ?? Yeah, a good copy is a unit that performs to the top edge of the quality control margin. Then you have average, decent, poor. And “dawgs”, “duds”, “lemons”, whatever you wanna call them. I’ve had a few and trust me, it’s not fun. I think the D7000 I got to test last week was probably a very solid unit. And this D7100 I have here now, not only it has FOUR times the mileage it was advertised for (unacceptable as such, even though I’m pretty sure the seller didn’t know, and was screwed himself when buying it from the original owner), but it must be a rather below average copy, because there is nothing to write home about in its files, autofocus speed or accuracy. Worse, its metering is ALL over the place. Awful
D90. I’m not saying the D90 does better, I’m just saying they’re pretty darn much similar. D90 is “free”, I’ve owned it for four years. D7100 cost me money and *should* be considerably better, the D7000 I had was !
On my D90 metering is not only much better, it’s also at least *consistent*. If it tends to over, or under, expose a scene, it does so consistently until the lighting conditions change. The D7100 unit I have just jumps all over the place and it’s a heck of a pain trying to compensate to nail proper exposure
So all set to arrange the D7100’s return. Stay tuned 😉