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barkbark Registered since 15th Feb 2010Mon 15-Feb-10 03:36 PM
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"New D5000 user... have I damaged my camera?"


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Hi everyone, my husband recently bought me the D5000 18-55 VR Kit. We are completely new to DSLR, and we have the following questions:

Have I damaged the camera? I recently took out the lens to clean (as I noticed a fog in the lens after using it at an airshow) and in the process of removing the lens protector (is it called a lens filter?), I accidentally turned the focus ring while it was on AF mode. I heard a sharp screeching sound when I turned the focus ring and I turned it back (again I heard the screeching sound). I am really worried that I may have damaged the camera.

I am determined to learn and understand the D5000 after what happened. What is the easiest and quickest way to learn to use and care for our D5000? We are reading the user's manual and I am also planning to enrol in an Intro to DSLR photography class. I saw that there is a book that is being recommended on this site. How different is this compared to the user's manual?

If I want to buy another lens, what would that be? We normally take pictures of homes, buildings, dogs and portraits and I believe our existing lens should suffice for our usage. However, we recently took our D5000 to an airshow. Judging from the photos, our existing lens is probably not adequate to capture the planes in action (probably need a lens that zoom many times more?). If there is one additional lens that we want to invest in, what would you recommend?

I look forward to hearing from some of the experienced users on the forum.

Thank you.
barkbark

  

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Drbee Silver Member Nikonian since 05th Aug 2004Mon 15-Feb-10 04:08 PM
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#1. "RE: New D5000 user... have I damaged my camera?"
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Mon 15-Feb-10 04:13 PM by Drbee

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If you camera still works normally, I doubt if you damaged anything. Most of the focusing motors (AFS) in the lenses have a clutch that prevents any damage. Was your camera turned off when you removed the lens? You should always turn off the camera before removing any parts. If it wasn't turned off, you might have heard the focusing motor working against any supplied voltage to the lens. It should still be OK, but take the proper precautions before removing the lens - turn off the camera, work in a clean and preferably in an environment with clean air and minimum air circulation - do this in an attempt to keep the sensor free of dust.

You might want to investigate the Nikon 70-300mm AFS VR lens. It would be a excellent, reasonably-priced lens with a much longer telephoto effect for distant subjects. There are several variations of this lens, the one I have in mind is http://www.nikonusa.com/Find-Your-Nikon/Product/Camera-Lenses/2161/AF-S-VR-Zoom-NIKKOR-70-300mm-f%252F4.5-5.6G-IF-ED.html.

Your existing lens is a very capable optic. Another lens that is a nice lens for subjects that are not very far away is the 35mm f/1.8 AFS DX lens. You might find this lens a surprise for your portrait and maybe dog pictures. If you set your current lens to 35mm you will see the coverage that the 35mm f/1.8 lens provides. The advantage of a second lens with this angle of coverage is 1) a faster lens that lets you take images in lower light and is a bit easier to see through for focusing and composition in lower light and 2) very good image quality at wider apertures with the wider aperture giving you a bit smoother out of focus background, something that creates a three dimensional effect in your images - separating your subjects from the background. If you set you existing zoom to 35mm and don't find that the image is interesting or see an obvious application - just move on .

Best Regards,

Roger
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MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007Tue 16-Feb-10 02:49 AM
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#2. "RE: New D5000 user... have I damaged my camera?"
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Tue 16-Feb-10 02:53 AM by MEMcD

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Hi Cynthia,

Welcome to Nikonians!

>Have I damaged the camera?

Most likely not!

>I recently took out the lens to
>clean (as I noticed a fog in the lens after using it at an
>airshow) and in the process of removing the lens protector (is
>it called a lens filter?),

Yes! It is called a lens filter!

>I accidentally turned the focus
>ring while it was on AF mode. I heard a sharp screeching sound
>when I turned the focus ring and I turned it back (again I
>heard the screeching sound). I am really worried that I may
>have damaged the camera.

The camera should be fine! The AF drive motor is built into the lens!
If the AF still works it should be OK!

>I am determined to learn and understand the D5000 after what
>happened. What is the easiest and quickest way to learn to use
>and care for our D5000?

You might find the D5000 Digitutor helpful at the following link: http://www.nikondigitutor.com/eng/d5000/index.shtml


>If I want to buy another lens, what would that be? We normally
>take pictures of homes, buildings, dogs and portraits and I
>believe our existing lens should suffice for our usage.
>However, we recently took our D5000 to an airshow. Judging
>from the photos, our existing lens is probably not adequate to
>capture the planes in action (probably need a lens that zoom
>many times more?). If there is one additional lens that we
>want to invest in, what would you recommend?

Your choice will depend on you budget! The Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED IF AF-S VR ($550.00 US) that Roger recommended would be a very good choice if you are looking for something longer with excellent quality for a reasonable price.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

  

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nateccnn Registered since 06th Feb 2010Tue 16-Feb-10 03:53 AM
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Reno, US
          

I know that sound. I've done it a couple times now. Lens focus still works. If you turn the AF switch off you can turn the focus ring without hearing that sound.

Nate

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barkbark Registered since 15th Feb 2010Tue 16-Feb-10 05:51 AM
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#4. "RE: New D5000 user... have I damaged my camera?"
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SG
          

Hi Roger, Marty and Nate

Thank you for your kind responses. I feel much better after your confirmation that the camera is not damaged.

I am definitely checking out the digitutor.. and through the forum, I found out about Nikon School and I checked our local Nikon site (Singapore) and found other potential avenues for photography classes.

This is a really useful forum with helpful people!

Thank you.
Cynthia

  

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