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Getting to know my D3200... questions

JohnD3200

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JohnD3200 Registered since 22nd Aug 2012
Mon 17-Sep-12 04:16 AM

I bought a D3200 to mainly take photos of our new baby girl, as well as the usual landscapes etc. Currently just have the AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm 3.5-5.6G ED lens. In the future I will purchase a very fast 50mm equivalent prime lens but need to make due for now.

Q1: I would like to know what settings to use to make this camera very fast in low light. I have a background in film SLR and my previous camera was a CoolPix8800 (i.e. max ISO 400!). For these shots I don't care about DoF. If someone could give me a rundown on the settings that would be great as I don't have the time currently to "experiment".

Q2: Also, there seems to be a very long shutter lag between focus and shutter release. I pre-focus by pressing the button half way so the autofocus time in not in the equation. The camera seems to take 0.25-0.5 seconds to actually flip the mirror up and then take the picture. This is unacceptably slow. Afterwards the camera seems to take another long time to return the mirror, show the preview, and become ready again. Without live view and just using the eyepiece it is faster but as a glasses wearer I have come to appreciate the screen on the back of these cameras.

Thanks

John

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