D5100 & 55-300 In Concert
The Winter Jam Tour came to town, and I had never taken a camera to a concert. So I thought I'd give it a try.
I wanted to see how my D5100 with the AF-S 55-300mm lens would perform.
I was very pleased, although I made a few setup mistakes, all in all this combination worked well.
The 300mm had good reach, and the D5100 handled the difficult lighting well.
I shot mostly auto, but near the end of the concert I shifted to P mode and pulled down the EV to -1
trying to control the highlights.
I should have pushed the ISO higher and moved my minimum shutter speed up to say 1/60 (it was set to 1/30 and I missed several good shots due to slow shutter speed)
Anyway, in case you're interested, I posted a few shots in my Gallery. (see 55-300)
Left them pretty much as shot, cropped to 4x6....mistakes and all.
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#1. "RE: D5100 & 55-300 In Concert" | In response to Reply # 0JosephK Nikonian since 17th Apr 2006Sat 19-Nov-11 03:31 PM
Pretty good job considering the f/5.6 aperture of the 55-300mm was working against you. Upping the ISO to get a shutter speed of 1/125 or so would be a good thing as the D5100 should be pretty capable. With today's metering systems, spot metering would probably be a good place to start with the crazy lighting of concerts.
Check out the concerts forum for inspiration and specific advise.
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#2. "RE: D5100 & 55-300 In Concert" | In response to Reply # 0
Very nice images.
When shooting at 300mm on a DX body 1/60 th sec. is marginal even with a VR lens, though four stops would put the minimum shutter speed at 1/30th sec.
Shooting at 1/115th sec. or faster when at 300mm is sound advise.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
#3. "RE: D5100 & 55-300 In Concert" | In response to Reply # 2