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Using my Girlfriends 'beginners' D5100

dickiederson

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dickiederson Silver Member Nikonian since 09th May 2009
Sun 04-Nov-12 07:01 PM

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

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Drbee

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#1. "RE: Using my Girlfriends 'beginners' D5100" | In response to Reply # 0

Drbee Silver Member Nikonian since 05th Aug 2004
Sun 04-Nov-12 08:05 PM

Nicely done and at 300mm equiv too. It looks like you and the camera were well up to the task.

Roger
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MEMcD

US
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#2. "RE: Using my Girlfriends 'beginners' D5100" | In response to Reply # 0

MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Sun 04-Nov-12 09:41 PM

Hi Rich,

As you have experienced, even the entry level bodies are very capable cameras.
Nice images.
Thanks for sharing.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

PurpleHaze1

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#3. "RE: Using my Girlfriends 'beginners' D5100" | In response to Reply # 1

PurpleHaze1 Registered since 03rd Nov 2012
Sun 04-Nov-12 09:43 PM

Very nice. Hoping to get same quality pictures like u . Did you use a tripod?

OldNavy609

Albuquerque, US
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#4. "RE: Using my Girlfriends 'beginners' D5100" | In response to Reply # 0

OldNavy609 Registered since 07th Feb 2012
Mon 05-Nov-12 07:47 PM

Nicely done. Digital has come a long way. Thanks for sharing.

Good shooting,
Lee

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dickiederson

San Francisco, US
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#5. "RE: Using my Girlfriends 'beginners' D5100" | In response to Reply # 3

dickiederson Silver Member Nikonian since 09th May 2009
Tue 06-Nov-12 09:23 PM

Thanks very much! Nope, no tripod, just around 1/800th and VR1

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KnightPhoto

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KnightPhoto Gold Member Nikonian since 18th Dec 2006
Wed 07-Nov-12 01:41 AM

VERY impressive!

Best regards, SteveK

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bcfoto

US
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#7. "RE: Using my Girlfriends 'beginners' D5100" | In response to Reply # 0

bcfoto Basic Member
Mon 12-Nov-12 06:01 PM

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?

Thanks!

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dickiederson

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#8. "RE: Using my Girlfriends 'beginners' D5100" | In response to Reply # 7

dickiederson Silver Member Nikonian since 09th May 2009
Thu 15-Nov-12 09:32 PM

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

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anirbana

UK
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#9. "RE: Using my Girlfriends 'beginners' D5100" | In response to Reply # 8

anirbana Registered since 18th Sep 2012
Tue 20-Nov-12 03:08 PM

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

I am getting a D5100 tomorrow. I read the features and noticed you cna set AF-On to the AE-AF lock button. Will give it a try after getting my camera.

Nokinian

AU
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#10. "RE: Using my Girlfriends 'beginners' D5100" | In response to Reply # 0

Nokinian Registered since 31st Aug 2012
Sat 24-Nov-12 08:18 AM

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.

Anyway, now I have a standard to aim for!

Cheers,
Ian

spanglerokapi

Aylesbury, UK
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#11. "RE: Using my Girlfriends 'beginners' D5100" | In response to Reply # 10

spanglerokapi Silver Member Nikonian since 22nd May 2008
Mon 26-Nov-12 01:01 PM

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.

Andrew

Tinkers Realm

Pacific Wonderland!, US
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#12. "RE: Using my Girlfriends 'beginners' D5100" | In response to Reply # 11

Tinkers Realm Registered since 24th Feb 2011
Thu 06-Dec-12 07:18 AM | edited Fri 07-Dec-12 03:07 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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pjonesCET

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#14. "RE: Using my Girlfriends 'beginners' D5100" | In response to Reply # 12

pjonesCET Gold Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 11th Jul 2011
Fri 07-Dec-12 02:22 PM

Why not keep the 5100 for yourself write from Santa on the package. And get a Nikon one for the nephew.

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Tinkers Realm

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Tinkers Realm Registered since 24th Feb 2011
Fri 07-Dec-12 03:08 PM

Oh now that would be very Bad of me to do- lol!!!







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pjonesCET

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pjonesCET Gold Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 11th Jul 2011
Sat 08-Dec-12 11:16 PM

Actually it should be HO! HO! HO! instead of LOL.
Just make sure to have someone else (that your Girl Friend or nephew won't recognize) to sign Santa.

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Fortkentdad

Fort Kent, CA
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#17. "RE: Using my Girlfriends 'beginners' D5100" | In response to Reply # 0

Fortkentdad Registered since 01st Sep 2012
Sun 09-Dec-12 05:26 AM

Nice photo's.

I too have a D5100 and am just learning to use it.

I didn't realize that the single focal point is the most accurate.

And I've not taken many motion shots with it yet, but will have to try out the continuous shutter release and see what I get.

FKD
Alberta CANADA

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