Hi... Just ordered my D3000 with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR and 55-200mm f4-5.6G ED AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor Lenses and tri-pod. Mind you I am not panic'n yet.. but my first shoot will be at my wedding. It will be indoors at a cabin in the mountains.. high ceiling and lots of light. Any setting/lens suggestions would be appreciated..
I'm hoping to hear more about the D3000 before my time is up (to return it). I got mine a few days ago at Best Buy, but I'm not convinced it's the camera for me.
I only do macro photography... and although I'm not an SLR newb, I am just not into a big learning curve at this point (had been considering the D90)... but I'm not pleased with my photos so far, so I need to see if it's user inability or just not the right camera for me.
The Macro Mode on the D3000 or any DSLR is one of the Vari-Program (Pictogram) exposure modes. It will configure the camera settings to the most commonly used settings for Macro photography. The Vari-Program modes are there to provide the novice with the ability to capture a great image without thought letting the camera do all of the work. Vari-Program and Auto mode can be discribed as (Dummy Mode) for lack of a more politicly correct term.
In Aperture (A) priority mode you are taking control of the aperture and allowing the camera to control the shutter speed to provide a properly exposed image. Are you using Manual ISO or Auto ISO?
Macro photography is usually done using a macro (Micro in Nikon speek) lens, Extension Tubes, Bellows, etc. Using Manual focus with the camera on a tripod for best results. At macro distances the DOF can be very narrow even at very small apertures.
Your Equipment tab in your User profile is blank. When you have a little time please fill it in. It will help us to answer your questions better. Thanks in advance.
My guess is you are using the kit lens hand held with AF on. Shooting at f/22 you will require a lot of light to and or very high ISO to provide a shutter speed high enough to prevent blur due to camera shake. What Shutter speed and ISO were you using (Was the camera choosing)? If the ISO was high part of the problem could be digital noise. The Rule of thumb for Minimum Shutter Speed is: Min. Shutter Speed = 1/ 1.5 x focal length of the lens. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
Needed for our Australian Trip (Melbourne, Alice Springs, Cairns & Sydney). Armed with the basic kit, 1 extra spare battery, 4GB SDHC and a netbook for storage and came back with 16GB of pictures, which I have been sorting for a week.
Hi Ray, congrats on the new camera, nice pics in your gallery.A SB400 flash is a good choice for the d3000, I have one and like it. The 55-200 vr is the perfect addition to what you have now. As far as the external battery/grip, they are just starting to surface, I think the one for the d40/d60 will fit but I may be wrong....i'm not the guy to ask about the filters but maybee someone else here can add his input......best to you, carl
I have just bought a new D3000 today for replacing my F90.I have a new Sigma 70-300mm APO Macro zoom and the autofocus does not work with the D3000,but does all other functions work well like metering etc?In low light the camera is the worsth but i think with some settings and knowledge it can be better.Please correct me if i'm wrong.Thanks for any input.
I bought a D3000 a couple of weeks ago as a smaller companion for my D300, I got if from Cameta via Ebay so I could get only the body as I have no need for the kit lens right now.
>I have just bought a new D3000 today for replacing my F90.I >have a new Sigma 70-300mm APO Macro zoom and the autofocus >does not work with the D3000,but does all other functions work >well like metering etc?
I just tried mine with my Sigma 28-105D which is probably of a similar vintage to your 70-300 (I bought it to go with my N90s), and while autofocus does not work the focus indicator in the viewfinder does (the green dot lower left when the lens is focused), also all of the metering modes appear to work fine too.
>In low light the camera is the worsth >but i think with some settings and knowledge it can be >better.Please correct me if i'm wrong.Thanks for any input.
What problems are you seeing in low light? I took mine trick or treating last night and managed to get some pretty good shots using only it and the 18-70 AF-S kit lens from a D70.
I just got a D3000 as my first digital camera, and right off the bat found the kit lens(es) weren't up for what I wanted. I like night photography, and the aperture settings on my 18-55mm and 55-200mm Nikkor AF-S DX lenses (I believe 4.0-5.6) wasn't enough to let enough light in. I've got a 50mm f/1.8 on order I hope will become my go-to lens for most shots (I was using the 55mm setting on both original lenses), and am looking forward to playing with it.
The pictures the D3000 takes are LIGHT YEARS ahead of the little point-and-click Olympus I had before. Much better color and detail definition - it just makes me very happy. I'm still playing around with it (hope to try some bokeh stuff with the 50mm on the way) and learning the settings, but once I got used to having to look through the peephole and turned off the auto settings, the camera really came alive.
Now to figure out HDR photography and photo effects with filters. It's just the beginning of a wonderful journey in my eyes.
No it's wasn't the camera or handholding (since the camera was perfectly stable with the lens VR settings turned off), the lens just wasn't focusing on the barn while zoomed all the way to the top (in this case 55mm). I'd had no problems when I had it zoomed to maybe 35, it came out focused (although perhaps still a bit dark, I'm still working with the camera), but that setting wasn't working no matter what I did, it just didn't like focusing that fine with it zoomed in as much. It could certainly have been my own error but I probably just won't do night photography at the top range of any lens' zoom from now on, just on principle (unless proven otherwise).
Thanks for the link though, heading over there now to read it!