I purchased the new D7100. I am a complete newbie but I am loving the camera. I am in the process of reading the manual --Lot of information to take in.. I need to ask a question for you guys that know what you are doing..lol
My daughter is going to be in a school pageant this evening. It will be in an auditorium which has low lighting. Can you help me choose the correct settings? I have the 18-105 kit lense and the Nikon 70-300 lens.
Welcome to Nikonians! Thanks for the intro. Congratulations on your new D7100.
Depending on just how low the ambient light level is, and assuming flash is not permitted, I would use Aperture (A) priority mode and set the Aperture wide open (smallest f/#) . Then increase the ISO setting to maintain a shutter speed of 1/125 th sec. or faster. Since both of your lenses are variable aperture zooms, to maximize the Aperture I would shoot at the wide end 18mm @ f/3.5 on the 18-105mm if you are in the front row or at 70mm @ f/4.5 on the 70-300mm if you are further back in the auditorium. The more you zoom in the smaller the aperture and the higher the ISO must be to maintain the same shutter shutter speed. Also the longer the focal length the faster the shutter speed should be. Though VR will help, holding the camera steady is still important.
Keep in mind that you should keep the ISO as low as possible for the given ambient conditions in order to minimize noise.
Since you are new, I also recommend that you use the viewfinder and good handholding technique instead of Live View and the LCD display to minimize camera shake and maximize Image Quality. Also allow a second or two for VR to settle before you release the shutter. I would also use a single AF point so you control what the camera focuses on. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
The 50mm f1/8 is 2 full stops faster than the 18-105mm wide open at f/3.5 allowing 4 times more light through the lens, and 2 2/3rd stops faster than the 70-300mm wide open at 70mm allowing more than 6 times more light through the lens. The 50mm f/1.8 should be fast enough for most situations. If you want more Depth of Field, you can always stop the aperture down a little.
congratulations on your purchase i bought my D7100 a week ago and still havent got the time to read the manual but i do have some experience from my time with the D5100, still though i have to state it doesnt compare to the D7100
regarding the audiotoriom do you have to stay in seat all the time , if you can move i think the 50mm lens would be a suitable choice in you case maybe trying a tripod from the side of the seats would also help - a spot where you dont disturb other people arounf you
Congratulations and welcome. You have a great new camera and the low light capabilities will really help here.
What is the venue - high school theatre, gymnasium and folding chairs, etc.? I ask because it would be good to know how far away you will be and what the layout is.
My guess is that unless you are near the front row the 50mm will not be long enough. I would expect you are going to need the 70-300 and as stated above - use aperture priority, open it up and then set your ISO to 1600 to start. Your shutter speed needs to be around 125 or certainly 1/focal distance - adjust the ISO accordingly.