A little more than a year ago I bought a Nikon D7100 DSLR. It is the most complicated piece of equipment, machine, electronic device, or whatever that I have ever worked with. It’s complicated.

The Nikon D7100 user’s manual has 4 line drawings of the camera body with 51 different items labeled. Many of these items have dual functions depending on the mode the camera is in. Additionally there are multiple menu and sub menu items to scroll through for setting up the camera’s operations and various features. It’s complicated.

My Minolta SR-T 101 Owner’s Manual from 1971 has just two pictures of the camera to show its various buttons, controls, and features. In total, only 27 different items are labeled on these two pictures and obviously here are no software menus to wade through. Of the 27 items, if you exclude changing the lens or film and shooting with flash, there are only 4 items that are use for taking pictures. It’s not complicated.

When I bought the D7100 I knew it was more camera than I needed, I just didn’t realize how complicated it was going to be. I figured that since I’m not a professional and don’t shoot pictures almost every day or have assignments were I crank out hundreds of photos at a time, it would take me a couple years to become proficient with all its functions and features. But that was before I actually had the D7100. I’ve discovered it’s complicated and it’s going to take me more than a couple of years. That’s okay; I’d rather have a camera that I’m going to be growing into than one that I’d shortly be growing out of.

I plan for this blog to be about the pictures I take with my D7100. I really love taking pictures with my D7100 and the things that I can do with it that I couldn’t do with my compact digital cameras or my Minolta SRT-101. The one drawback to the D7100 that I’ve noticed so far is that it’s complicated.

David Bonham
Webster Groves, Missouri
May 2014


Update: September 2015

Sometimes I don’t take my Nikon D7100 with me when I know there are going to be photo opportunities because I’m afraid it might get damaged (e.g., out on a small boat) or its just too bulky and I figure I’m just going to be taking snapshots of friends and family.  For awhile under these conditions I would use my Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7.  Now I normally just use smartphone. Photos from DMC-ZS7 (rarely) and the smartphone will start showing up in this blog but the vast majority will still be from my still complicated, and underutilized, Nikon D7100.


September 22, 2015



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  1. Hi David,
    I have a Nikon D5000. I benefited from tutorials on the Nikon website, and also on YouTube. That being said, I did check out your photos on Weebly and it looks like you know your way around pretty good!

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  2. Thank you MK, I think you are also doing pretty good with your D5000. Your photo Sunset just north of the Golden Gate Bridge is very nice as is your photo of trees on a hillside in your following post.


  3. Hi David, I’ve just found your Blog via a comment you left on Donna’s ‘Garden Walk ‘ blog. Photography is a hobby of mine, but my camera isn’t in the same league as yours …. I wanted to step up from a compact, and ended up with an Olympus Stylus1, a lovely little camera for my arthritic hands, but Oh sooo complicated – just like yours, full of endless menus and sub- menus. I like SIMPLE!
    A friend has kindly given me a compact Sony 50, which is extremely user friendly, with a really good zoom and I’m learning to use settings other than Auto because they are so easy to find.
    I really would like to go for a CSC eventually for the weight factor. I can tend to be a bit housebound so I do a lot of flower close ups/ macro and Still Life.
    I will enjoy browsing your images and your writings,
    Many blessings, Eileen

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    • I have heard that the Olympus cameras are good cameras but the menus leave a lot to be desired. I’m glad you have a camera you can explore the manual settings because that does open up photo opportunities for you. As you look into CSC cameras I recommend this site by Thom Hogan: http://www.sansmirror.com/. He’s best known for his expertise on Nikon products, the company and the photo industry in general but he also writes about mirrorless cameras and has reviewed several from the major manufactures. Thank you very much for deciding to follow my blog.

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  4. Dear David, I can’t tell you how pleased I am to have found you …. You are so kind and helpful with your suggestions and advice and I can see I will be happily occupied over the next few days! Bless you, Eileen

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  5. Hi David. I hope you don’t mind me posting here but I noticed your blog contains a lot of categories and tags. WP will only post blogs in the reader that have <=15 categories+tags. So your blog will not appear in the reader because it has more than that. Some people don't mind that their blog is not in the reader, but that's how you get exposure in WP. Just thought I'd let you know! Thank you for the continued support of my blog! Just followed you back.

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  6. Hi there David. I have creating a reading list on my computer for blogs I don’t want to miss and have added yours but at your home page I can’t figure out which box is your latest post? I don’t do the email follow thing because my email has gotten out of control so I like creating links to blogs. Can you help me out where to click so i can bookmark it and see your latest post? I’d appreciate it. 🙂

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    • Hopefully when you pull up the home page https://d7100itscomplicated.wordpress.com/ you are seeing an orderly grouping of large thumbnails with blog titles above each. Since the dates in the tiles are the dates I took the photos that is an indication of the most recent post since I post chronologically in the order the photos were taken; oldest to most recent.

      The surest way to navigate is by order of the thumbnails. The upper left thumbnail is is the most recent. from there you read from left to right for most recent to oldest.

      I’m not sure this answers your question but I hope it does. If you have a follow up question I won’t be able to get back to you for about 10 days but I will respond. I’m leaving for a trip in a few hours and will be gone for 8 days.

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  7. It was a toss up between the Nikon 7 series or 5 series for me. I went for the 5300. it is smaller, lighter and cheaper than the 7100 but has exactly the same internals, just missing a couple of extra buttons and a second memory card slot. I enjoyed finding my way around it (used to have a 3100) I bought an independent guide book by Jon Sparks http://www.ammonitepress.com which was way easier to follow than Nikons effort.
    Looking at your images I think you have cracked it though! The longest learning curve for me was post processing on Nikons capture NX-D.
    Have fun.

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    • The Nikon D5300 is an excellent camera. I had initially considered a D5xxx and the Canon Rebel Txi, or what ever their equivalent to the D5xxx was at the time. I decided on the D7100 because of the two card slots (thought I’d need it shooting stills an video on the same shoots – not needed), the fact that is has sensors for remote on front and back – glad I did, and because I could set a min./max. ISO range to shoot in with a minimum shutter speed – use it a lot. Thank you for all your comments and I am enjoying your butterfly photos.

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