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    Thread: UNOFFICIAL - Guide to Purchasing your First dSLR and Misc. Photography Questions

    1. 11-18-2008 12:41 PM #26
      Quote, originally posted by Point n Shoot »
      tryin to upgrade to something that can shoot at night, something that shoots at a high iso, with lil noise, how is the D300?

      Very good, supposedly - only beat by the D3/D700 in Nikonland. Way way way better than the D80/D200. I'm really impressed with the images from a D300 - I can almost tell it is one from the way it renders and the colors. Kind of crazy.
      You won't regret the upgrade in awesome quality of feel the D300 has over a D80 either - I love to hand people my d200 when they've been shooting with a plastic body - they're all stunned.

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      11-18-2008 03:13 PM #27
      Quote, originally posted by Infranippies »
      Very good, supposedly - only beat by the D3/D700 in Nikonland. Way way way better than the D80/D200. I'm really impressed with the images from a D300 - I can almost tell it is one from the way it renders and the colors. Kind of crazy.
      You won't regret the upgrade in awesome quality of feel the D300 has over a D80 either - I love to hand people my d200 when they've been shooting with a plastic body - they're all stunned.

      i just actually upgraded myself from a D50 to a D300. What a difference. im still trying to get adjusted to it. i just got it a week ago and havent really had the time to take it out yet. im hoping this weekend or tomorrow night after im done school in philly.

    3. 11-18-2008 03:22 PM #28
      Quote, originally posted by surfcity21 »
      i just actually upgraded myself from a D50 to a D300. What a difference. im still trying to get adjusted to it. i just got it a week ago and havent really had the time to take it out yet. im hoping this weekend or tomorrow night after im done school in philly.

      awsome stuff, let me know.. cause i mainly upgrading after new years, because my d60 has no motor, less focus points, and crazy noise at higher iso's.
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    5. 11-20-2008 01:08 PM #30
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      Image Quality – A much higher resolution and overall quality

      May I point out that the advantage of a dSLR camera don't have to do much with the MP of the chip but the quality of the chip itself.
      10MP off a 100dollar point-and-shoot camera wont give the same result as a dSLR (because the chip quality from the 100dollar camera is a lot less).

      Edit: I have a Nikon D80 myself, like it a lot.


      Modified by RubenD at 10:18 AM 11-20-2008

    6. 11-20-2008 11:36 PM #31
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      11-24-2008 04:00 PM #32
      ^?????????
      Still no sticky? pleasssssssssssssse

    8. 11-24-2008 05:33 PM #33
      Quote, originally posted by valfaw »
      "Canon vs. Nikon? Which is better? Why?
      Canon vs. Nikon
      From what I read and notice, there is no "meaningful" differences between the "big hitters". It almost always boils down to preference."
      canon vs. nikon vs. olympus vs. pentax vs. sony vs. panasonic need to be included in that statement.
      they simply all have their pros/cons, strengths/weakness'. in the hands of a capable photographer they will all produce exceptional results.

      I think some note should be added regarding the support and maybe the lenses and other addon "goodies" for these brands.
      People may not realize that your camera choice means you can't switch lenses as easily.
      Also, filters, when and how to use them, especially a circular polarizer would be a good thing to add, perhaps?
      Attention! I shoot basketball from the front row. I spend hundreds of dollars for expensive tickets. I smuggle in long, expensive cameras and lenses, and security doesn't even bat an eye. That's right. I'm special. All because I want to sell you a 50mm 1.8 lens so you can be just as cool. Have a good day.

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      11-24-2008 06:12 PM #34
      for sticky

    10. 11-24-2008 06:17 PM #35
      Quote, originally posted by Ajlepisto »
      Also, filters, when and how to use them, especially a circular polarizer would be a good thing to add, perhaps?

      Ask and you shall receive...
      Filters
      http://www.cambridgeincolour.c...s.htm
      Polarizer:
      What it is:
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      This is one of the most common filters for outdoor photography such as nature and wildlife. Its main purpose is to reduce or eliminate reflected glare from non-metallic objects. This causes things like trees, leaves, grass, and water to become more saturated because it removes their highlights. It can also darken the sky, especially when it is used at a right angle to the sun. Make sure that the filter is compatible with the light meter on the camera. Some cameras need a circular polarizer for the light meter to continue to work.

      How to use-
      http://www.dslrtips.com/worksh...shtml
      Left: None Right: Polarizer




      Graduated Neutral Density Filters:
      http://www.great-landscape-pho....html
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      Half of the filter is gray and the other half is clear with a smooth transition between the two. Often landscapes consist of a bright sky and a dark land, and this filter allows the photographer to darken the sky so that the overall exposure of the image is consistent. This effect can be achieved through digital software, provided that the sky isn't completely washed out, but it's less time consuming if the shot is well exposed in the first place.




      Ultra-Violet Filter
      How to use:
      http://www.great-landscape-pho....html
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      This filter reduces UV light from reaching the camera. This can help improve the detail of an image, and can help slightly darken the sky. It doesn't reduce the overall light in the scene so it's useful to use when a polarizing filter makes the scene to dark. It's also a really good lens protector. It's a lot easier to stomach replacing a $20 filter than it is to replace a $500 telephoto lens.




      Black and White Filter:
      http://www.2filter.com/tiffen/....html
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      Black and white imaging records only tonal differences between colored objects, which appear as black, white, or different shades of gray.Proper rendition depends on your own desires, and, for film, the differences between film sensitivity to colors and that of the eye.The latter is due to the fact that most panchromatic emulsions used are more sensitive to blue, violet and ultraviolet than to other colors.

      No Filter:

      Tiffen Yellow 8 Filter

      Tiffen Yellow 15 Filter

      Skylight Filter:
      http://www.nikonians.org/html/....html
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      As many of us are aware, the sunlit sky fills our atmosphere with all sorts of radiation. We know that UV (Ultraviolet) and IR (Infra-Red) may cause sunburn. Yet the human eye does not have the ability to distinguish these levels of light. Film, however, is sensitive to several of these and they can effect the resulting photo. For the most part, UV rays may appear as a bluish haze. This filter is designed to help eliminate most of these skylight rays to help assure clearer and sharper images.



      Infrared Filter
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infrared_photography
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      In infrared photography, the film or image sensor used is sensitive to infrared light. The part of the spectrum used is referred to as near-infrared to distinguish it from far-infrared, which is the domain of thermal imaging. Wavelengths used for photography range from about 700 nm to about 900 nm. Usually an "infrared filter" is used; this lets infrared (IR) light pass through to the camera, but blocks all or most of the visible light spectrum (the filter thus looks black or deep red).When these filters are used together with infrared-sensitive film or sensors, very interesting "in-camera effects" can be obtained; false-color or black-and-white images with a dreamlike or sometimes lurid appearance known as the "Wood Effect."




      Diffusion Filter
      http://www.cs.mtu.edu/~shene/D....html
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      A diffusion filter is a translucent photographic filter used for a special effect. When used in front of the camera lens, a diffusion filter softens subjects and generates a dreamy haze. This can also be improvised by smearing petroleum jelly on a UV filter or shooting through a nylon stocking. Diffusion filters may be uniform or may have a clear center area to create a vignette of diffused area around the clear center subject. Diffusion filters are also used in stage lighting (and likewise in photography setups), where they may also be called diffusion gel, or just diffusion. This is a reference to color gel, which is another type of lighting gel. Diffusion gels soften the light in order to reduce or diffuse shadows or glare. Silk sheets can also be used in this manner, and in fact were until the invention of translucent plastics. "Opal" is a common translucent or opalescent diffusion.




      Modified by Bmwrteam at 4:46 PM 11-24-2008


      Modified by Bmwrteam at 4:48 PM 11-24-2008

    11. 11-24-2008 07:17 PM #36
      ^^
      Nailed it.
      I don't have the images for that post, but you got it right on the money.
      Attention! I shoot basketball from the front row. I spend hundreds of dollars for expensive tickets. I smuggle in long, expensive cameras and lenses, and security doesn't even bat an eye. That's right. I'm special. All because I want to sell you a 50mm 1.8 lens so you can be just as cool. Have a good day.

    12. 11-24-2008 08:17 PM #37

      U are da Man....


      Modified by Point n Shoot at 11:59 PM 11-24-2008
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      11-24-2008 11:51 PM #38
      EDIT: ^ I appreciate it, Point!

      bmwrteam... Dude.. Awesome!! I can't add too much more to my post because I've reached the max of characters allowed in a single post.. but I'll keep up with this thread and do what I can...



      Modified by Paint_By_Numbers at 12:37 AM 11-25-2008

    14. 11-26-2008 04:12 PM #39
      Haha thanks guys .... Up to the top so more people see it(hopefully gets a sticky)
      Feel free to ask for anything else I have a couple of days off with pretty much nothing to do,
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    15. 11-27-2008 03:09 AM #40
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      11-29-2008 08:51 PM #41
      this thread is sick...Thanks [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]
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    17. 11-30-2008 12:44 PM #42
      more questions, how come the d300 is not operated with a wireless remote? and i wanted to know if what i read is right, EV steps 1 2 3, are those different iso levels, like iso inbetween iso? like u got 100,200,400,800, and 1600, but if changed to a diff step u can get it to like, 150,230-350,4-600, and so on and so on?
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    18. 11-30-2008 01:23 PM #43
      Quote, originally posted by Point n Shoot »
      more questions, how come the d300 is not operated with a wireless remote?

      Hopefully this helps.
      http://forums.dpreview.com/for...24310
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      The Nikon IR remote shutter release for the D70/D50/D80/D40 series will NOT work for the D200/D300/D2/D3 camera bodies. There are 3rd party remotes for the Nikon D200/D2/D300/D3 bodies, both corded and wireless. RF wireless remotes are available on eBay for as little as US$27 (incl shipping), search for "phottix n1".
      The following Nikon bodies all share the same remote shutter release port interface: D2xs, D3, D200, D300, D2Hs (and others). A remote shutter release that works for one of these bodies will work for all of these bodies.

      And the answer to your second question hopefully.
      Quote, originally posted by Point n Shoot »
      .....and i wanted to know if what i read is right, EV steps 1 2 3, are those different iso levels, like iso inbetween iso? like u got 100,200,400,800, and 1600, but if changed to a diff step u can get it to like, 150,230-350,4-600, and so on and so on?

      http://forum.digitalcamerarevi...=7321
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      The ISO is how sensitive the sensor/film is to light. A lower sensitivity means that it gathers less light than a higher sensitivity. Since the higher sensitivity gathers more light faster, you can use a faster shutter speed.
      A picture shot at 1/125 at ISO 100 is the same as a picture shot at 1/250 at ISO 200.
      The higher the ISO the more noise in pictures while the lower the ISO the less noise in pictures.
      EV means exposure value and/or it can also refer to the exposure compensation on a camera.
      An EV value of zero means that the camera has chosen the exposure by itself, if you add +1EV you are making the image one stop brighter, for example if you were shooting at 1/60 on auto setting, if the picture were to come out too dark you apply +1EV and the camera will then shoot the picture at 1/30 to let more light in. Same goes for making a picture darker by removing -1EV, the camera would then shoot the shot at 1/125 which would mean less light and a darker shot.

    19. 12-02-2008 10:20 PM #44
      Hey guys, just bought my Crumpler 6 Million Dollar Home a few hours ago, and was wondering if anyone got a bag similar, or step up? and any pros and cons... show me your bags!!
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    20. 12-02-2008 10:43 PM #45
      How is this not stickied yet?
      Attention! I shoot basketball from the front row. I spend hundreds of dollars for expensive tickets. I smuggle in long, expensive cameras and lenses, and security doesn't even bat an eye. That's right. I'm special. All because I want to sell you a 50mm 1.8 lens so you can be just as cool. Have a good day.

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      12-03-2008 12:27 AM #46
      I think I heard that only posts created by the mod can be stickied.. or something.... but either way... we can just update and just bump it up to the top..

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    22. 12-03-2008 01:34 PM #47
      ok, whos the mod, and lets ask him...
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      12-12-2008 01:45 AM #48
      .:RDriver is the mod for the photography forum.. and the last time we asked him to sticky, he commented that this forum didn't have frequent enough traffic to warrant a sticky..
      and some days he has a point.. [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG], in the meantime I shall bump it up every once in a while.. Happy Holidays

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      Bump for everyone who got a new camera for Christmas

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