Hey Guys: Haven't been at it real long or on here all that long. Lets just say I bought a 5100 and shot it fairly often for one year (3000-4000 shutter releases) and now I'm the proud owner of the 7100. I instantly say "It's historical". If you think about it for a second, which I did, as I took this new thing out of the box, knowing, I would be familiar already just made the acquisition so sweet. The first shot with the new 16-85 mm I bought with it-I can't believe how clear it was. I may crop it and put it on a wall in my home. I love this combination. It is a substantial upgrade. I really like the OLED display at the bottom of the view finder. Nice and bright ( was hoping for color), but it is white. I'm interested in hearing from you old timers, but I want this thread to be somewhat about newbies that love photography like I do and have upgraded similarly. and very balanced, hefty, but light. I would say it is very travel friendly. Actually I want to hear from all about how cool this digital photography thing is. Wow, I'm blown away. Sounds very positive, I know, but its truly what I felt like writing. I love this purchase. For real.