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My adventure with the D7000 - 50mm - Manual mode


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HayMower Silver Member Nikonian since 03rd Jan 2008
Tue 19-Apr-11 07:52 PM

The D7000 is a very forgiving camera - sometimes. I went to an indoor concert Sunday afternoon - grabbed D7000 at the last minute and took it. It had the 50mm 1.4 lens on it, and I wanted to work with that combo.

I had been experimenting at home with the methodology (that I learned on this forum) of using the AE-L/AF-L button to focus before I composed the shot and clicked the shutter, and I didn't take time to look at the settings before the concert started.

After about 50 shots, I noticed that the ISO was varying by quite a bit - so I figured it would be a good test for noise and didn't think too much about it. A few minutes later, I scanned through and noticed that many of the shots were at the same shutter speed and f-stop - and that's when I looked at the top of the camera - it was in Manual (M) mode.

Pictures 1-11 - 1/125 F8 ISO 4000-Hi 0.3 (most 5000)
Pictures 12-19- 1/100 F8 ISO 3200-5000
Pictures 20-22- 1/80 F8 ISO 3600
Pictures 23-53- 1/60 F8 ISO 1800-4000 (most 2800 to 3600)
Then I switched to P mode for a couple of shots
Pictures 54-56- 1/125 F1.4 - ISO 180-220

It's a good thing I had auto ISO set - the pictures turned out fairly good.

Why did the shutter speed vary, You ask? Upon reflection, I believe that I was brushing the rear command dial from time to time and changing the shutter speed.

The pictures that I took in M mode turned out sharper than the two I took in P mode (no surprise there - not much DOF at 1.4). They did have some noise, but actually not as much as I feared. The band was playing in front of a light beige wall, so not much black area to show noise.

I only had a couple of out of focus shots, too - showing me that divorcing autofocus from the Shutter Release button is working for me. The D7000 has a hair-trigger shutter release compared to my
D40X, and once I get used to pressing a button on the back of the camera to engage the autofocus and then pressing the Shutter Release, I'm going to like it.

I really like the D7000, and the 50mm 1.4 is a real gem, in my opinion.

Also, I'm going to use Manual mode more often - have been in P mode while learning the camera.

Note to self: Check camera settings before the shoot!

Hillbilly Harry - in the Missouri Ozarks.

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