Although I can spend countless hours watching and waiting for ‘the moment’ in nature with butterflies, bees, lizards and anything else that moves or grows, my patience with life in general is limited, especially with myself: I need change, challenges and my spirits sink with the humdrum. One of the many reasons I love natural history is that there are so many opportunities for those small things that bring joy and mean that life is never dull and they cost nothing.  

Let’s consider the conclusion first – the Nikon D7100 is an amazingly versatile photographic machine that, in the past two months, has delivered everything and more that I have asked from it. Whether it is a question of sharpness, speed of response, quality of colour images or just a general feel in the hand it has cut the proverbial mustard.