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Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Gregg702, Aug 18, 2012.

  1. Gregg702

    Gregg702 Gold Member

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    I have always wanted a high end consumer camera, despite having no photography training. The recent Canon T3/T3i thread got me interested, and I went out and bought a Nikon D5100, which seemed to be a favorite in that thread. This is a picture I took outside my house last night that I thought came out pretty neat.
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    I look forward to learning how to use this new toy of mine.
     
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    Mountains Edge? :wavey:
     
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    Nice golf course out there. :cool:
     
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    The funny thing is I have never played golf in my life. :supergrin:
     
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    Nice pic. Lesson on photog; Your eyes can see a wider range from dark to bright than cameras. Unless cameras have a setting for "high dynamic range" you can get a beautiful pic of a sunset with the foreground too dark, or a well exposed pic of the foreground with the sunset washed out, too bright. Your pic was right on the brink, I'd say your camera did a good job trying to get a good average exposure. Enjoy the camera, I'm jealous. If you get a lot of thunderstorms PM me and I'll tell you how to get pics of lightning.
     
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    This camera actually does have a HDR setting, I will play with it come tonights sunset. We have been getting more thunder than usual in Vegas, but it tends to happen late at night, when I am not out and about. Thanks for the tips. :wavey:
     
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    So I have both the 18mm-55mm lens that came with the body, plus a 55mm-200mm lens. Any other lenses that anyone would recommend a novice get?

    Also, here is another pic I got, I was just aiming for the clouds, and got a bonus bird shot.
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    No-one can recommend any other lenses?
     
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    Get the 35mm f1.8 and put the other two in a drawer for awhile. You'll be amazed how much you can learn with one prime lens.
     
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    As usual, I recomend the 50mm f1.8.
    The best bargain in Canon's lineup.
     
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    I love my nifty fifty

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    I guess he could get that on his camera with some duct tape, but auto focus probably won't work. Try a cheap 50 from Nikons lineup though, that should work a little better. :supergrin: I really want the 10-20 for my XTi. I like outdoor/landscape shooting though.
     
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    I have the 35mm fixed 1.8 mentioned. It's cheap for a high quality lens and is perfect for all your indoors and sorta close outdoor stuff. It's amazing how much light it takes in and what it can do in low light with no flash!

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    If you need a case for it and the lenses this one is awesome. Holds the 2 lenses on the sides and holds the camera in a sling/hammock thing inside with the lens down and raised above the base of the bag so when you go to pull it out your hand is already holding it properly. Waterproof on the bottom too!

    [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Case-Logic-SLRC-202-Medium-Camera/dp/B001TZWNF0/ref=sr_1_6?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1345507390&sr=1-6&keywords=slr+case+logic"]Amazon.com: Case Logic SLRC-202 Medium SLR Camera Bag (Black): Electronics@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51M6-x9e3QL.@@AMEPARAM@@51M6-x9e3QL[/ame]
     
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    That's an awesome camera!!! My sister has one and it puts my Sony HX100V to shame.
     
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    Oops...saw the T3i and went from there. Regardless, Nikon has their version as well.

    My favorite lens in my kit is my Tokina 11-16 f2.8.
    Most fun you can have with a camera without risking your marriage.
     
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    My daughter got into photography about a year ago and that's what I got her. And what I told her. A photographer can't be shy about getting into somebody's face, or back away from a scene... whatever it takes to get that "perfect picture" (whatever that means). Zoom lenses (and cropping) are shortcuts and luxuries.
     
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    Also, stop buying cheap kit lenses. Pay more for lenses with high (?) f-stops (up to f1.2) if possible because you get much more versatility and a better built lens.