Hope this goes in D5000 threads.Hello to all Nikonians ! (I joined as a Silver).I recieved my D5000 w/ 18-55VR,55-200VR two days ago, and my TOKINA 10-17 ff fisheye zoom lens IS ON THE WAY !!!(BASICLY)this is my first digital SLR.Note;that focal plain is THIN compaired to my P+S's.I mainly like 5;4 , also 1;1 square,round-which for now will be conversions,and 2;1!,and I'll have to put up with 3;2 . I hope to post images soon,(that's fun - of any new camera),also I'll have to see HOW TO.I wouldn't mind an into to me for members - I'm on Flickr - I have three sets , 200 images total.But first I'll make sure it's OK, also 2/3rds of those photos are NOT Nikon.I'm in a local camera club ,but mainly I like to do digital slideshows w/ music ... Larry Hope you get to see this pick of first (at home)images ...
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#1. "RE: D5000,Silver,Hello" | In response to Reply # 0
The "Focal Plane", DOF - Depth of Field, is a function of a number of items. If you keep the focal length of the lens, the f stop and the distance to the subject the same, you will find that the D5000 has a greater Depth of Field than you P&S as well as a closer Hyperfocal distance. You might want to look at DOF Master for more information about DOF and the Hyperfocal distance and how to calculate the DOF and Hyperfocal length.
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#2. "RE: D5000,Silver,Hello" | In response to Reply # 0
Welcome to Nikonians!
Congratulations on your new D5000!
As George said, DOF is a function of the Aperture, focal length, and camera to subject distance. A DSLR will allow you to control the DOF. The smaller the Aperture (larger the f/# eg. f/16) the greater the DOF. The larger the Aperture (smaller the f/# eg. f/2.8) the narrower the DOF.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!