Digital Cameras: DSLRI use the Nikon D300 and the Nikon D5100. They are both DX format, which means that when I mount my Nikon 55-300mm lens, the 300mm becomes roughly 450mm. Awesome focal length for eagles, hawks, and composition of hot-air balloons.
The D7100 is a terrific camera, and for some of my students who have the Nikon D800 full frame camera, while photographing distant subjects, like at the recent Bluff Balloon Festival, the full frame, although a stunning 36MP, with the possibility of cropping, I think (IMHO) the D7100 is a great choice for a second camera body, for those times when you need DX focal length.
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Do you like to make videos and stills? Time Lapse? I suggest the Nikon D5300
I love the flexibility of making short videos while out on photo adventures. I often set up one camera for RAW files, and edit later in Adobe Lightroom. But I also like to make time-lapse if the light is right and the clouds are spectacular. The Nikon D5100 has been my workhorse for years for video and stills. The Nikon D300 is my "go to" camera for serious image making, and I have a few other camera bodies on my wish list too.
If you want to spend under $1000 for a great camera, then the Nikon D5300 is the way to go. With built in Wifi, GPS and a stellar sensor, your images will improve with each photo location.
The camera is lightweight so you only need to add your arsenal of lenses and you're ready for Cameras and Campers!