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Nikon d5100 w/ AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm

June 18th, 2011 by kimly

Over Memorial Day weekend in Connecticut, my Nikon 8800 decided it had had enough and has stopped functioning properly. With fully charged batteries in the ‘on’ position, the lens would extend and then shut off. Turning the camera off would then cause the lens to extend again. It was a sad day as I bought that camera in 2004 and it has served me well for the past 7 years. But with the trip to Italy fast approaching, I couldn’t chance not having a working camera. So after a few days of research, I decided to step up to a digital SLR.

As the post title states, I stuck with Nikon and purchased their brand new model, the d5100. It came with a 18-55mm lens. So far it has preformed admirably although it is considerably heavier than the 8800. I’ll see how this translated to a full day of shooting.

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The tilt out monitor was a huge plus for this model
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Due to the longer lens – new camera bag also purchased
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Side view


I took it out for the first time after work last week (6-15-11). Walked from my office (12th and Independence) to the National Botanical Garden next to the Capitol. Stopped at a couple of other garden around the Mall.

Aside from needing to read up on how to force a flash, the setting are mostly intuitive. I did do research and practiced at home before truly ‘getting’ how the select color feature operated. There are a couple of shots below using that feature – I look forward to truly seeing what can be done.

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Select Color Feature #1
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Macro flower – back to my roots
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Select Color Feature #2
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Sharpness is amazing
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Color seems more ‘true’ than the 8800
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Detail and color
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Amazing arrangement
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Capitol View #1
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Capitol View #2

As an aside, I have been saving to jpg and not the RAW NEF format. The settings are JPG Fine (compression 1:4) and size large (4,929 x 3,264). File size with these settings can be anywhere from 3.5M to 9+M.

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