bricejohnson
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Who Uses A D3100?

Wed Feb 13, 2013 1:37 am

Hey All!

I was wondering who of you guys out there uses a Nikon D3100... I am using one, and have failed to get any photos accepted here. I would like to see the work of those who shoot with a d3100.

Thanks!
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RE: Who Uses A D3100?

Wed Feb 13, 2013 2:20 am

I thought we established in an earlier thread that the problem with your lack of acceptances lay not with your equipment, but with your technique? A D3100 in the right hands is more than capable of producing images of acceptable quality for here, as is pretty much any dslr. If you have specific questions about the D3100, please feel free to ask, but if you're seeking advice about how to get images accepted, perhaps we should move this thread to the Feedback forum where you can post some examples of the images you have submitted.
 
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RE: Who Uses A D3100?

Wed Feb 13, 2013 2:54 am

Quoting dlowwa (Reply 1):
If you have specific questions about the D3100, please feel free to ask, but if you're seeking advice about how to get images accepted, perhaps we should move this thread to the Feedback forum where you can post some examples of the images you have submitted.

I agree. I think it would be better off in the feedback forum where we can help you out with specific images. Like Dana said, the D3100 is perfectly fine for a.net. I have one and they are great starter cameras. I don't have images here (yet), but on the "other" site, you will find my images under John McGee. I am still working on getting shots god enough for here. It is about the person who is doing the shooting, not the camera, as long as it is a decent dslr or similar. I have a 55-300 and a 16-85 as my primary lenses and they work great. Technique wise, I recommend a tripod and a shutter no slower than 1/250 for moving aircraft if you are not panning (non-prop that is.) For my lenses, f/8 or so is usually where I try to shoot. Keep the ISO as low as possible, 100 is all you need in good weathe,r usually. Also, a good location that is as close as possible to the airport and with the right light is a must. Get to know the airport officials and let them know what you are doing so they are not suspicious. They appreciate it, and in all my experiecnes 99.99% of them agree to my photo taking. Keep practicing, that is what got my images accepted on the web and hopefully here soon!

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RE: Who Uses A D3100?

Thu Feb 14, 2013 2:14 am

Ok, Thanks for the advice guys  
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RE: Who Uses A D3100?

Thu Feb 14, 2013 2:09 pm

I had its predecessor the D3000. As of now most of my photos here are with that camera including this one.


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RE: Who Uses A D3100?

Thu Feb 14, 2013 4:12 pm

D3100 is more than enough for this site. Even if you shoot a bunch of photos in P mode atleast a couple of the would be aaceptable, if skill is an issue. the issue you may have could be related to post processing and cropping or if you think it is your equipment you better take it to Nikon and have it checked for calibration etc.
 
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RE: Who Uses A D3100?

Thu Feb 14, 2013 4:57 pm

To answer the question, I use it too!


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I am considering a Nikon capable of shooting 5 shots a second though, would that help for quick action shots?
The D600 comes to mind...........though I doubt if it would be compatible with my oh-so allround Tamron 18-270 Piezo Drive lens.


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RE: Who Uses A D3100?

Fri Feb 15, 2013 5:53 am

I'm planning on buying it and a few of the users on this site have given me a lot of advice for it.

I just wonder- how is the filming settings on it?
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RE: Who Uses A D3100?

Fri Feb 15, 2013 5:58 am

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 7):
I just wonder- how is the filming settings on it?

I don't do a whole lot of video (assuing that's what you mean by filming) but what I have shot is very good. The AF, however is problematic, manual focusing is really the only good option, and I would recommend another camera or camcorder for video, if that is the camera's main purpose.
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RE: Who Uses A D3100?

Sat Feb 16, 2013 1:07 am

Thanks for the responses guys. I think that I am doing something wrong in photoshop cs5 and PSE10 though.

Any suggestions for that?

Thanks again.
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RE: Who Uses A D3100?

Sat Feb 16, 2013 3:14 am

Quoting BriceJohnson (Reply 9):
I think that I am doing something wrong in photoshop cs5 and PSE10 though.

I thought it was made pretty clear - the problem lies not with your camera or processing, but with your technique. Some examples of recent submissions so people can at least have some idea what we are dealing with:

http://www.airliners.net/addphotos/rejections/big/20130123_r1358222425.444aviationshuutter2jpg.jpg

http://www.airliners.net/addphotos/rejections/big/20121109_f1351728380.2738klm144.jpg

A different camera or better processing are not going to fix the flaws with these images.
 
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RE: Who Uses A D3100?

Sat Feb 16, 2013 4:35 am

Quoting DL747 (Reply 8):
I don't do a whole lot of video (assuing that's what you mean by filming) but what I have shot is very good. The AF, however is problematic, manual focusing is really the only good option, and I would recommend another camera or camcorder for video, if that is the camera's main purpose.

I guess my current camera is fine enough for filming, i just have to steady my film shots a bit. I'm going to try that rubber band technique someone PM'd me about.

Quoting dlowwa (Reply 10):
A different camera or better processing are not going to fix the flaws with these images.

Ok i'm definitely not a pro(no photos on this site) but yeah that first one with all of the smog.... that's never going to be a good shot.
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RE: Who Uses A D3100?

Sun Feb 17, 2013 12:32 am

Oh, thanks for the pics Dana.   I don't have a membership yet (I plan to get one) so I can't put pics on the forum. And thanks for the encouraging advice. I thought that my quality was really bad... maybe not. I will work more on technique.

Thanks again.
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RE: Who Uses A D3100?

Tue Feb 19, 2013 12:20 am

I got the D3100 also but I have only got 2 shots in the database from it, im also not very happy with the results.


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RE: Who Uses A D3100?

Tue Feb 19, 2013 2:00 am

I have about 50 or so pics in the database taken with a D3100. I no longer own it but image quality was never a problem. As mentioned before, it is more than adequate for getting pics accepted here.
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RE: Who Uses A D3100?

Tue Feb 19, 2013 2:13 am

As has been said, the problem is with technique, not the camera. Virtually and DSLR is adequate enough provided you know its parameters. Also essential is the knowledge of light, ISO, aperture, and shutter speed, as well as how they relate to each other. The D3100 isn't particularly great above ISO 400, but most camera need nr then anyway. If you know how to operate the D3100, it is very capable of getting images accepted here and on any of the other aviation picture sites.
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RE: Who Uses A D3100?

Tue Feb 19, 2013 3:44 am

Quoting Ideekay (Reply 13):
I got the D3100 also but I have only got 2 shots in the database from it, im also not very happy with the results.
Quoting darreno1 (Reply 14):
I have about 50 or so pics in the database taken with a D3100. I no longer own it but image quality was never a problem. As mentioned before, it is more than adequate for getting pics accepted here.

I want to know why you guys decided to get rid of it. I'm getting a D3100 soon when I go to Japan and I usually buy cameras every few years, because I seriously have no money   

If I'm going to invest in a camera and lens, it better last me a while.
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RE: Who Uses A D3100?

Tue Feb 19, 2013 4:20 am

I can absolutely assure you that the D3100 is 100% FINE. It will last and is absolutely sufficient enough. I can guess they got rid of them for a bigger and better camera like the D7000. It has better low light capabilites, among other things.
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RE: Who Uses A D3100?

Tue Feb 19, 2013 4:35 am

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 16):

I want to know why you guys decided to get rid of it. I'm getting a D3100 soon when I go to Japan and I usually buy cameras every few years, because I seriously have no money

For me it was strictly a matter of features. I wanted a body with a built-in focus motor (so I can autofocus a greater number of lenses), and wanted more dedicated buttons with dual dials. Image quality, white balance (daytime) and ISO were all great on the D3100.
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RE: Who Uses A D3100?

Tue Feb 19, 2013 6:26 am

Quoting darreno1 (Reply 18):
Image quality, white balance (daytime) and ISO were all great on the D3100.


I guess that's enough for me to purchase and keep it for some time. It sucks being a transfer student sometimes  
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RE: Who Uses A D3100?

Tue Feb 19, 2013 2:26 pm

I agree, the D3100 is a great handling camera, and I love mine

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 16):
I want to know why you guys decided to get rid of it. I'm getting a D3100 soon when I go to Japan and I usually buy cameras every few years, because I seriously have no money

I'm not getting rid of mine, BUT, if I was buying a similar camera now I would buy the D5100. I also haven't got the cash for the 7000 or other higher spec versions.
 
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RE: Who Uses A D3100?

Wed Feb 20, 2013 4:24 pm

Quoting DL747 (Reply 2):

Hey, I was just wondering which 55-300mm lens you use, I looked online and there appears to be a couple of variants, I am looking for a new zoom lens for my D3100 but wasn't sure which one to get, any advice? Thanks
 
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RE: Who Uses A D3100?

Thu Feb 21, 2013 3:19 am

Quoting 7jdrabble (Reply 21):

Hey, I was just wondering which 55-300mm lens you use, I looked online and there appears to be a couple of variants, I am looking for a new zoom lens for my D3100 but wasn't sure which one to get, any advice? Thanks

Well I was going to take this up as a Personal Message, but I can't, because you have to pay for that. Anyway, there is only 1 variant of the 55-300. There are 2 of the 70-300, which is not the same lens. If you are going to buy one, get the $589 70-300 version, it has the best AF, sharpness, and image quality.

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RE: Who Uses A D3100?

Sun Feb 24, 2013 8:47 am

Quoting 7jdrabble (Reply 21):
Hey, I was just wondering which 55-300mm lens you use

It's not 55mm, but this is a fine lens that goes well with the D3100, and is a bit cheaper than $589:
Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 SP Di VC USD XLD
 
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RE: Who Uses A D3100?

Tue Feb 26, 2013 12:58 pm

I also use it with 18-105 mm lens.
 
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RE: Who Uses A D3100?

Thu Feb 28, 2013 1:44 am

I am using a Nikon 70-300mm... Highly recommended for the required reach as well as VR and incredibly fast AF.

http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-70-300mm...869&sr=8-1&keywords=70-300mm+nikon
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