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I have this camera. I just got it a few months ago. It replaced the D60 I had.
Good camera and has been used to take some great pictures around town. I got it to shoot video, and that can be a problem. If you are just a casual shooter, then okay. Pics and the kids running around would be cool.
If you want to shoot stuff like short films and stuff, well this camera doesn't have true manual control over the video settings. That is a little upsetting and can be a bit of a hassle to get around.
Here is a link to some video I shot at the SanAn Zoo at 24p with a 35mm Lens (which is an amazing lens for $200). Good stuff, but not having manual control over video may stop some people from getting it.
enough of this...
I want it all...
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UncleFundip wrote:No problem.
Here is the product page:
Tamron 17-50 mm
The lens is F 2.8 constant, so you can keep it wide open throughout the full range of the zoom. The 72 mm wide lens provides great light response, especially in low light (I shoot a lot of concerts in dark and dingy bars, so this was one of the things that drew me to it).
The focus ring is smooth, but with a little bit of resistance, making manual focusing easy, but accurate. Minimum focus distance is under a foot, making it great for macro shots, and the bokeh is nice and smooth.
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The vibration control works great for photos, but is a little noisy for videos, so it's a toss up there.
It's a third party lens, so I think I paid $500 for it from a local shop. The Nikon equivalent is in the $800 dollar range. I know it's a hefty sum compared to the body, but it makes a mid level body feel and act like a much more expensive one.
More Sample Photos:
The Donot's first American Tour
A Wilhelm Scream to a packed house
Once again, I just do this for fun (I usually wind up taking photos of the other bands after we're done playing), so my assessments could be way off point. All I know is I love using this camera and the lens. Let me know if you have any other questions.
Good advice. The "kit" lens spends most of it's life at a maximum of F/5.6, which is not a large enough aperture for low-light shooting of action in places like gymnasiums. The resulting shutter speed is simply too slow.
I've taught so many moms and dads how have tried to get action-stopping shots of their little darlings playing basketball with these slower lenses and, in most cases, they get both camera and subject movement (usually described as "blurry" by the uninformed in negative reviews!).
Like Lake Wobegon, but without the lake.
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I have the previous model, the Nikon D3100, which I also purchased as a kit that included the same 18-55mm AF VR lens as this offer. It was a steal then for $529, considering how flexible and powerful the camera is for a neophyte like myself. I've taken fantastic shots and was even hired by a band to be their photographer during a recent tour of Ireland using my D3100.
The D5100 retains all of the features of the D3100, but has higher resolution (16.1 MP vs 14.2 MP), shoots faster (4 fps vs 3 fps), has an external mic jack and a flip-out screen, and better maximum light sensitivity (6400 ISO vs 3200 ISO, 1 f-stop better). Plus longer batter life (660 shots/charge vs 550). This is not only an amazing camera, but it's at a steal of a price.
If you've thought about getting a real DSLR without stepping up to the thousands of dollars you'd need to spend to get professional-grade gear, this is the time, and this is the camera.
This DSLR also has native support for EyeFi SD cards. Might want to get one of those.
In the near future, you might find yourself wanting a zoom lens. I have the Nikkor 55-200mm VF AF-S lens, which can be had for $150 (Amazon). The 55-300mm VR AF-S gives significantly greater zoom capability, but is quite more expensive ($400). Both of them compliment the 18-55mm kit lens nicely, you can't go wrong with either.
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