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Dinky65 5 1 United States
1 Jan 2013 11:20PM
Is this a good starter camera? I just got it and need to learn more about how to use it and what all it can do. I was told it's not the camera but the knowledge of the person with the camera that make it a great shot. That means I'm in trouble because I really don't know much at all. Help needed ASAPTongue

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StrayCat 14 19.1k 3 Canada
1 Jan 2013 11:28PM
It's a great camera for anyone. You could start by reading the tutorials on this site, and I would highly recommend John Shaw's Nature Photography as a starter book. You might find a used copy on ebay, or Amazon.

Good Luck,
Fogey 5 96 13 United Kingdom
1 Jan 2013 11:48PM
Bought myself one for Christmas. Have yet to use it in anger, though.

I would have said it is a bit more than a starter camera, Dinky. The D60 is a starter camera and the 5100 has way more features - more of an intermediate I would have said.
GarethRobinson 11 1.0k 2 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2013 12:16AM
Have a look here http://www.nikondigitutor.com/eng/d5100/

Have camera at hand.

kodachrome 6 703
2 Jan 2013 9:13AM
Yes, agree, its more an upper entry level/intermediate camera and should give you basic and advanced performance when you need it. It has the superb Sony 16mp sensor. See if you can get it with the superb Nikon 18-105 DX lens.
Focus_Man 8 481 631 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2013 9:28AM
I have two of them (bodies that is), absolutely superb. And a great range of lenses to choose from. It is far more than entry level and like the D3100 on independent tests it beats many of its opponents. As above, do get the 18-105 rather than the 18-55 lens.

Your comment about the user is totally correct, it has been said since time and memorium that it is the 300mm behind the camera not the 300 in front of it (lenses etc) that makes good pictures. Read the manual well and there is always good information of a general nature in photography magazines that is well worth the reading. If you start off on 'auto' settings, do wean yourself of them asap otherwise there is no need of the D511, you may as well buy a point and shoot cheaper job.
Fogey 5 96 13 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2013 8:28PM
Used my D5100 in anger for the first time today. I must say that I did have a problem getting the subject in focus. Totally different to my D60.

However, it has to be said the light was extremely poor, so here is the best of the bunch.


Had a play with the special effects, this evening and am well impressed with the in-camera colour popping.


This set of videos is very good.

LenShepherd 10 3.6k United Kingdom
3 Jan 2013 7:55AM

Quote:I I was told it's not the camera but the knowledge of the person with the camera that make it a great shot. That means I'm in trouble because I really don't know much at all.

It is not so much knowledge of the camera as your ability to recognise a good subject that helps most to make a good photograph. Your portfolio includes several images which are better than some with more expensive cameras take Smile
I do not know where you live. A few camera clubs have beginners sections to help people like you learn more about photography.
StrayCat 14 19.1k 3 Canada
3 Jan 2013 11:11PM
The D5100 is a perfect camera on which to learn any level of photography, right up to pro level. It is also a good instrument on which to hone one's skills. By the same token, most other brands in its class are just as good, so it's just a matter of choosing the system, and Nikon has it all.
derekd 12 9
23 Feb 2013 11:44AM
The D 5100 is an outstanding camera, I have been a Nikon user for many years and have worked my way through all their top range film cameras and also digital SLR's both for personal use and professional use, my last camera was a D200 and D80, however due to age I have had to change to a D5100 and 18-105 lens as I cannot hump the heavy kit around anymore. The D5100 is as good or even better than the the others I have mentioned. the advantage of the higher range models are they are more robust and can take a battering better.
Dinky65 5 1 United States
23 Feb 2013 3:07PM
Hey, just thought you may want to look at my work since I got a better under standing of my D5100 .I had some questions back in Jan this year you give me some info so thought I would touch base so you can see how I am doing. Thanks
pete146uk 5 25 1 United Kingdom
4 Mar 2013 8:09PM
I have a 5100 and really do like it. I do wish though that I had bought the body only.

I got the 18-55mm lens kit and it is now hardly ever used. I bought a Nikon 55-300mm for zoom work, but it is a really cheap Nikon 35mm prime lens that stays on my camera. For anybody buying their first DSLR I would recommend buying the body only, and the 35mm Prime. This is really helping me learn so much about composition, aperture, DOF etc - and it works out cheaper than buying the camera with a lens kit!

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