I'm really inpressed with the D5100! I've just sold my D700 in preperation for a D800 soon. The D5100 has only been used for video so far so I thought I'd take it out on a walk with my mothers dogs to see if could get some nice snaps. I have to say I wasn't expecting it to keep up with the two turbo charged collies but even with a rattly old 18-200 VR it performed admirably. I quite enjoyed the challenge of just using a single are af point and I really think it brushed up on my technique. Probably a good thing before the more demanding D800 arrives! Here are a few of the shots.... Thanks Rich
#7. "RE: Using my Girlfriends 'beginners' D5100" In response to Reply # 0
I just picked up a refurbished D5100 (used to have a D90) and your action shots are excellent. I'm interested in knowing a little more about the camera settings you used.
You said you used single area AF point: was that the center point always? Was the shutter release set to single shot or continuous? What aperture(s) did you use? Anything else notable about your D5100 experience?
#8. "RE: Using my Girlfriends 'beginners' D5100" In response to Reply # 7
Thank you very much Beth
Yes it was just the single middle AF point, it's the only one that is Cross-Type on the D5100 so it's the most accurate. I cropped a few of the shots afterwards for a better composition.
It was continuous release which felt a little strange at 4fps after my old D700 could do twice that! It seemed to keep up ok though but it did slow down quite quickly as the buffer choked.
The slowest shutter speed I set for auto-iso was 1/500 and I was shooting wide open which was f5.6 a lot of the time on that lens.
As I said I was really impressed with the camera, it did all the work itself really, I just had to try and keep the AF point on the dog's face! It's quite a small body but I've got girls hands so it suits me fine although I do miss the AF-On button, front dial and better build quality of the more expensive units. Cheers Dickie
#10. "RE: Using my Girlfriends 'beginners' D5100" In response to Reply # 0
Very nice Rich - I'm very impressed with those shots. I'm particularly impressed with the sharpness. I recently bought a D5100 and straight away tried to take picture of my dogs. The only single difference between your shots and mine is that yours are good. I think I did not try for a high enough shutter speed and was probably using the wrong focus setting as well.
#11. "RE: Using my Girlfriends 'beginners' D5100" In response to Reply # 10
Well, on the strength of this thread and other postings I've taken the plunge and bought a D5100 with 18-105 VR to join my D80 and D200. With cash back and prediscontinuation price reductions it's astonishing value for money! Just need some decent weather over here so I can get out and give it a good shakedown.
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#12. "RE: Using my Girlfriends 'beginners' D5100" In response to Reply # 11 Fri 07-Dec-12 04:07 PM by Tinkers Realm
Glad to read that many are enjoying using this camera. I just purchased it for my nephew as a gift for Christmas but was starting to second guess the choice as he is on,y 11 - was thinking I should return it for a Sony N5? They were very close in price. I don't want to discourage his zeal for a camera by giving him more than he can handle and the Sony has a touch screen.
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