Wed 29-Jan-14 10:47 PM | edited Mon 03-Feb-14 11:43 AM by ericbowles
This long-time film holdout (FM3a) has finally dipped a toe into DSLR waters -- I bought a D610 today! And a 28-300.
So hello to all, and many thanks to all you experts on this forum, where I've been reading your advice and recommendations, without which I'd never have dared, and with which I know I've made a great decision.
I am looking forward to getting to grips with it: as a total DSLR newbie, it'll be a steep learning curve so I know I'll be spending lots of time here in the next while. Hoping that, I might even be able to take some decent photos on our holiday to India in a month's time
Sat 01-Feb-14 08:17 AM | edited Sat 01-Feb-14 08:38 AM by William Rounds
I also have the 28-300mm, mounted usually on my D700. I find I get the best IQ results at f/8 from 28mm up to around 200mm. At the 300mm end I get best results at f/11. So, if you can use it at f/8 to f/11, in my opinion you'll get the most out of the lens.
Since you are new to this type of camera/lens combo, if I may make some suggestions for general walk-around photography using the wide to medium telephoto range of the lens:
1) Use aperture priority with f/8 set 2) Use Easy ISO, setting the maximum at 1600 and the minimum shutter speed at 1/125th
I make this recommendation since 1) f/8 is most likely where the lens performs best at most focal lengths, 2) with 24 mpx you will probably want to use higher shutter speeds than you may have used in the past, and 3) your camera has excellent signal to noise ratio and you can use ISO 1600 with little fear of excessive noise and, in my experience, tend towards the highest shutter speed you can get when hand-holding. VR works, but when you're really steady it works even better.
Sat 01-Feb-14 09:42 AM | edited Sat 01-Feb-14 09:44 AM by Pallas
Thank you very much, William, for taking the time to post these extremely helpful tips, I am grateful to be pointed towards some concrete starting points.
I've read the user manual (I'm a sad geek, I know...) and spent some time walking around and just taking photos of whatever appealed to me, using the basic Auto and P settings, playing with some of the scene modes, to get a feel for the camera and lens. Not all photos are great, but some are much better than I expected, and I am really excited about the IQ this camera can achieve when I stop hindering it
It's excellent to narrow down the dizzying number of options and settings so I will definitely try your suggestions. Mainly indoors today as it's raining and here in Andalucia we don't do drizzle...
Thanks again; one of the things I love about Nikonians is that total strangers take time and thought to help others.
Sat 01-Feb-14 04:15 PM | edited Mon 03-Feb-14 10:44 AM by ericbowles
I have just posted 9 of the first 300 photos I took with my new D610 on my profile -- obviously, they are the ones I liked best, but overall I was quite happy with the results I was able to get on first try.
I was most amazed with the low-light performance: the photo of the egret-type bird was taken handheld, on full zoom and it was practically dark! Gobsmacked.
None of the photos has had any post-processing, no changes or cropping, just resized.
Sun 02-Feb-14 08:11 AM | edited Sun 02-Feb-14 08:40 AM by William Rounds
This is not to hijack your thread, but just to let you know that the 28-300mm can give satisfactory results. I say this because the lens gets bashed by those who don't use it quite a bit and because there are lenses which objectively do have better qualities.
The picture of the waterbuck was taken at f/8, 1/125th of a second and ISO 800 on a D700, at around 160mm focal length. If you click on the photo you can see that sharpness, while it will probably not be as good as you can get on a D610, can be sufficient. Using f/8 probably helped in this instance. Would a 70-200mm f/2.8 Nikkor be better? Yes, it would. But for a one lens solution for travel it's not a bad choice. Being able to go from the last picture to the next picture, with a turn of the zoom ring, makes it very versatile, for a trip to a wildlife park such as this.
Same here: f/8, this time at 28mm focal length and ISO 200, 1/500th of a second.
Mon 03-Feb-14 03:08 PM | edited Mon 03-Feb-14 03:10 PM by William Rounds
> >One question: I am trying to get to grips with how the ISO >settings work. When you said above 'Easy ISO', did you mean >Auto ISO? Trying to get my head around which settings apply in >each mode... > >Thanks again for your help. > >
I do this with "Menu". On my D700 it's one of the "Shooting Menu" options, under "ISO sensitivity settings". I set the ISO to 200 (the base ISO on a D700), and just below you will see the "ISO sensitivity auto control", which I turn to "On" and then go to the options of "Maximum sensitivity" and "Minimum shutter speed" which are just below. I don't know if the terms and locations are identical on the D610, but it must be similar.
On the D600 Easy ISO is enabled by going to the Custom Settings Menu and scrolling to d3 (ISO Display and Adjustment). By selecting "Show ISO/Easy ISO" the control panel and the viewfinder display the ISO value rather than the number of remaining exposures, and you can now adjust the ISO using the rear Main Command Dial in the A mode, or the front Sub-Command Dial in the S or P mode. This how I have my D600 set up and I find it easier than using the ISO button. It sounds a little confusing, but its easier to use than to describe .