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Clumsy526 Registered since 04th Mar 2014Tue 04-Mar-14 06:57 PM
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"D3100 blurry compared to D50"


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After reading a few threads, I think I should start with two things:

1) you guys are fantastic and it looks like everyone is really helpful, so thank you in advance for your guidance.
2) I have a decent understanding of shooting techniques, exposure, etc, but I am by no means a pro, so heavy technical jargon may go over my head at this point.

Years ago I had an N60. Loved it. I jumped into digital eventually with a D50. Loved that too. Three years ago, my daughter was born and I wanted a "better" camera. I thought the 3100 would be good because it was relatively inexpensive and had video. I have yet to get it to take as nice of photos as my D50. I can set the cameras exactly the same and the 50 blows away the 3100 every time. No clue why.

My main issue is that they are always at least slightly blurry. Any ideas why this happens? Thanks again!

-Danielle

  

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Clumsy526 Registered since 04th Mar 2014Tue 04-Mar-14 07:03 PM
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Oh and additionally, it can't be the lens because when I did a apples to apples comparison I used the same lens on both bodies :/


  

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Asgard Administrator He is your Chief Guardian Angel at the Helpdesk and knows a lot about a lot Nikonian since 07th Apr 2004Tue 04-Mar-14 07:59 PM
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East Frisia, DE
          

Welcome to Nikonians, Danielle

Thanks for joining us.

I would be good, if you could upload an image to the gallery.

Gerold - Nikonian in East Frisia
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MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007Tue 04-Mar-14 09:51 PM
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Hi Danielle,

Welcome to Nikonians!

Sorry to hear of your problem.

If you are using one of the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX (VR) kit lenses disregard the next question.

What lens or lenses are you using?
Please provide full discription.

The reason that I ask is that the D50 has an AF motor built into the camera body that supports AF with older AF and AF-D (screwdriver) lenses as well as AF-S type lenses.
The D3100 does not. It only supports AF with AF-S lenses that have an AF motor built into the lens. In other words the D50 supports AF with lenses that won't AF on a D3100.


Best Regards,
Marty

  

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Puddlepyrate2013 Moderator Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2013Wed 05-Mar-14 12:12 AM
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Please post images so we can see the problem, without images we are just guessing. To give you an accurate,informative and correct answer, we do need to have an example so we can read the exit data of the images.

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Ray Gerke Registered since 12th Sep 2004Sun 23-Mar-14 02:54 PM
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I am assuming you are pixel peeping (max resolution) viewing of the photos on your computer. So bear in mind the D5100 has a lot more pixels that the D50. So your lense might still be the problem. The D50 does not test the quality of a lens at all. But the D5100 would need a reasonably good lens to be sharp at the pixel level. So what lens are you using?

Ray Gerke

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coolmom42 Silver Member Awarded for her enthusiastic support of the community and exemplifying the Nikonian mission “Share, Learn and Inspire” Nikonian since 01st Dec 2011Tue 01-Apr-14 03:05 AM
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McEwen, US
          

Do you have your lens in autofocus mode?

Is your shutter speed adequate to avoid camera shake & motion blur?

The D3100 is very capable of making great images. I use the 18-55 mm kit lens a great deal and it is also very capable. And I am NOT an expert, for sure. So it has to be something in your settings.

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