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Please Update - One Stop of Information for DSLR.......

bhola

Chandler, US
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bhola Registered since 29th Oct 2005
Wed 23-Nov-05 04:55 AM

Folks,

I have been DSLR user for less then two month. I have D50 and loving it. I have been surfing on internet every night to learn this camera and have learned a lot from this site and also found resources outside. However as always did not find information at one place. This is why I am starting this thread. If you came across some good information anywhere feel free to update this thread and share it with rest of Nikonians.

If you would like to know what is SLR camera- Here is good article form Nikon

http://www.nikon.co.jp/main/eng/feelnikon/kumon/01e.htm

First when I was looking for buying DSLR camera I reviewed reviews on the following website. This helped me to take decision to buy D50.

http://www.dpreview.com


After I made my decision, I wanted lower price so looked on following website.

http://www.pricegrabber.com

& just learned about google’s new site two days back

http://froogle.google.com/

Ok, so I got my D50, what’s next? I took very nice picture out of the box- of course using automatic mode. First thing I did is to read the manual. Now you can download manual from Nikon’s website. I prefer this over printed manual as easy to read on computer and the key is search – For e.g. if I am learning about dial mode then I can search and look all possible information- any way this is the way I prefer but you can use any of this.

http://support.nikontech.com/cgi-bin/nikonusa.cfg/php/enduser/std_alp.php?p_sid=KPPS-gVh

Once I made my self familiar with camera. I started taking pictures in manual mode. This is where it gets challenging. I am glad I am learning this on DSLR and not SLR- My wife will kill me if she have to compare the cost of film/developing v/s number photo I deleted during this learning curve. Anyway, I found following link to learn about photography. Lot’s of them found from this site only but different forums.
This is very good site to start with – lot of simple information but very useful. My personal take on this was to learn about exposure and lighting.

http://www.ximinasphotography.com/lessons/

If you prefer something from Nikon

http://www.slrlearningcenter.com/home.html

For cleaning DSLR camera I found the following sites. I have not used any of this technique and I hope not have to use it but you never know- Use this at your own risk.

http://www.cleaningdigitalcameras.com/links.html

http://www.bythom.com/cleaning.htm

Need to decide between regular SD v/s Ultra II check the following out. This will help you to decide what memory to buy but final decision is yours based on how deep your pockets are…..

http://www.nikonians.org/cgi-bin/dcforum/dcboard.cgi?az=read_count&om=15024&forum=DCForumID201&viewmode=threaded


If you ever have to buy used lenses do not forget to check the following post from “walker”

http://www.nikonians.org/dcforum/DCForumID6/3432.html

Lenses compatibility chart (Nikon only)

http://www.nikonians.org/html/resources/nikon_articles/other/compatibility.html


Some winter tips 

http://www.earthboundlight.com/phototips/its-winter-again.html?search=cold+weather&bool=and


If you get tired of your camera (only D70) and dare to open here is good information just for you-

http://www.astrosurf.org/buil/d70/ircut.htm


Depth of Field Calculator – it is available online, or you can download for windows or palm OS

http://www.dofmaster.com/dofjs.html


Now that you know and take pictures, here are some tips on how to organize them from fellow nikonians

http://www.nikonians.org/dcforum/DCForumID86/15113.html

Do not forget http://google.com – This site was the key to find lot of above resources. Good Luck and share your thoughts to save time for all of us.

Enjoy and Good Luck - B

G