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Unexpectedly love this camera more than any other!
After borrowing a friend D90 a bunch of times, i knew i wanted my own. After checking out a local camera shop I was torn between the D90 and D5100. I did a...Read complete review
After borrowing a friend D90 a bunch of times, i knew i wanted my own. After checking out a local camera shop I was torn between the D90 and D5100. I did a lot of research and decided on the D5100 as my camera. I really liked the D90 everytime i used it, but now after using the D5100 i would never look back. Its easy to use, has a ton of cool features, and the swivel screen LCD display comes in handy more times than you'd ever imagine.
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Nikon D5100 - Two Month & 800 shots later
I left serious & semi-professional photography in the early 1980. My wife gave me a Nikon D5100 for Christmas / retirement gift in December 2011. I gave myself about a month to get...Read complete review
I left serious & semi-professional photography in the early 1980. My wife gave me a Nikon D5100 for Christmas / retirement gift in December 2011. I gave myself about a month to get familiar with the camera. After about 200 shots, I embarked on a 5-week photo shooting trip in the Philippines. My review covers the learning curve and that 5-week trip. I was able to use at least 50% of the advance features within one week. Felt confident and used about 85% of the advance feature in another week with the help of the DVD. My D5100 was bundled with two VR kit lenses: 18~55mm f/3.5-5.5 and 55~300mm f/4.5-5.6. I used 8 GB SDHC 100x (type 10) memory cards. I shoot outdoors from sunrise, sunset and other times in-between by the shores of Lake Erie, day and night scenes in several UNESCO designated World Heritage sites in the Philippines, and several indoor and still-life. Towards the end of my tour (in the Philippines), I use 1976~1977 vintage NIKKOR lens: prime 50mm f/1.2; prime 28mm f/2.8; and a constant aperture 43~86mm f/3.5 medium zoom - - - naturally worked in Manual mode only. Friends are more impressed by the shots taken with my old Nikkors than they were with the kit lenses. Low available light shots exposures were as long as 30 second exposures and as high as 1/160 seconds and ISO from 100 to as high as 1600, depending on the lens being used on individual shots. Also mounted the camera on very sturdy / stable heavy duty tripod and remote (wireless) released on various occasion. There were shots where I have to disable the auto-focus on the kit lenses. The Positives: The size and weight is easier (for me) to handle, (my subjective assessment) relative to the size of my hand, however, the lightweight appears to cause the camera to be unsteady when used with the 18~55mm lens. The fully articulated LCD display afforded creative shots from (almost) infinite angles., including, of course, self portrait and group shots I joined. The grid line(s) was helpful in the composition. Color rendition was excellent. It is nice to have multiple selection for duration of setting the self-time and the remote release. The Info button is helpful in reminding me of the setting. Would have been nice if there is a choice to keep the setting indefinitely while the power is kept on. Contrary to "compatibility chart, I was able to use my "old" Nikkors (for my Nikon F2) with excellent results. I took-off the indexing ear just to be safe (to avoid scratching the body). The read/write is fast (very good). I like the miniature, back-synch and various scenes. I also like the timed exposure program and the multiple shoot when on self timer mode. I am sure I have not explore the entire feature of this D5100. Negatives: On remote trigger, it is very inconvenient replacing the eyepiece rubber attachment with the cover eyepiece. For expediency, I wind-up using a black electrical tape to cover the eyepiece. I prefer the "eye piece curtain" on my old Nikon F. The auto-focus of both kit lenses tracked properly about 90% of the time, hence, the reason for my switching to manual on some shots. The remote trigger required 100% clear line to the infrared sensor. This line of sight is obstructed by the 18~55mm lens when I was on the opposite side of the sensor on group picture I joined. I have to return the camera for a replacement because the battery was fully discharged after about 200 shots, way under the 600+ shots described in the spec sheet.. The replacement camera damaged two memory card because it would not eject the card properly, hence, I have to get a second replacement body. Navigating the menu is NOT easy. The DVD that came with the package and the printed manual did not adequately covered the menu. I seems that the practical ISO limit for a descent noise is 1600. I was disappointed of the inability to used the built-in flash for fill-in (the sun almost directly above the subject and on back-lighted subject) even in Manual mode.. Conclusion: While I am highly satisfied with the overall performance of my D5100, I would NOT recommend D5100 to novice. I am afraid the learning curve would be too steep for a novice. For serious / advance photographer, I feel it is lacking. I also felt the material and workmanship is below the Nikon / Nikkor standards when the products were built in Japan , the ones I was used-to. I like the solid, heavy feel of the Nikon / Nikkor of the pre-digital era.
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Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f 3.5-5.6G ED VR II Compact Ultra-High Ratio Zoom Lens:
This is my favorite lens, I am considering buying the Nikon 24-120mm because of the nano crystal. I use this lens for almost everything. I took it with me to Costa Rica, I got some amazing images.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Quality of photos taken with this lens are excellent. Also has powerful Zoom. This is an all purpose single lens that reduces the hassle of changing lenses according to the situation.
I love it,,,,, it's easy to use
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Comments about Nikon Compact Ultra-High Ratio Zoom Camera Lens:
I would definitely recommend to my family and friends,
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Versatility in a Tube
I bought a D3300 DSLR, and while I found the 18-55mm kit lens to be great in its own respect, I needed to get some glass which would be a bit more versatile for what I typically shoot, which is our beautiful mountains of Northern California. The 18-200mm has a great range of zoom, and will be perfect for vacation shots, and flora/fauna images. I also purchased a 35mm-f1.8 for indoor and low light applications. Between the three lens choices, I pretty much have all my bases covered. Also, the D3300 takes some VERY sharp 24mp images, especially with the 35mm lens.
I found a easy solution that has worked for years. I took a 2'' elastic strip found at a sewing counter and made a band around the lens, just snug enough to allow manual turning, but will not let the lens creep. Easily removed, but I keep it on all of the time. It is black so it is barely noticeable Good luck.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
covers my zoom needs
heavier than expected, but, really does the job. i am very pleased with the quality of pix across all ranges
Do-able. I guess, it gets the job done.
Takes very good pictures compare to some higher end models of other brands. Video quality is a BIG NO NO. The video quality is too choppy and not very smooth when compared to other brand. Not recommending this camera because there are two newer model.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
ANXIOUS TO LEARN MORE
from NEW ENGLAND
HAD A NIKON DIGITAL BEFORE AND LOVED IT -- NOW WANTED TO TRY THE NEW DIGITAL SLR -- HADN'T USED MY OLD NIKON SLR SINCE I GOT THE DIGITAL---NOW I HAVE 3 OF THEM TO PLAY WITH
Wow ! this is a great machine....
from Gaborone, Botswana
I have always been taking single click photos... this camera has immediately increased my interest in photography and brings an urge to learn more which i am very sure will happen with Nikon... Cheers to the Nikon team.
Its a professional series.
from Attingal, Kerala, India
In my small experience regarding the photography I recommend Nikon is the best because itâ€™s a user friendly compact and professional with high quality picture.
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