Santa Has Come Early....
Posted 14 December 2011 - 11:42 AM
I don't think I've been this excited about something in a long long time. Feel very giddy. lolol! Now to just have the patience to learn it. lol!!
Battery is charging.... woo hoo!
Posted 14 December 2011 - 11:49 AM
love the lens you got too..great choices
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Posted 14 December 2011 - 11:55 AM
Posted 14 December 2011 - 12:22 PM
There are! And that's why it took me forever to take this step. I had no clue what to pick. I read something very recently (can't remember where.. maybe even here at SG) about if you have a Canon now go with the Canon DSLR because the controls are in very similar places - the style of the camera is the same - or close to it. I have a Canon Powershot. So after reading that advice I decided I was going to stay with Canon which narrowed things considerably. This advice for me was right on. The 60D feels a lot like my Powershot in my hand so I don't have to deal with that part. Then from there it was down to either the T3i or the 60D for me.
I went with the 60D after seeing a video comparing those two cameras side by side showing the continuous shoot speed. Both those cameras seem very similar on everything else with the T3i being cheaper. But with my kids starting to play sports, I thought I'd better go with something that could take quicker action photos. And with swimming...the race goes by in 30 seconds maybe 90 seconds if they are swimming double. LOL! With the camera I have now that gives me one photo maybe two. LOL! So that's why I went with that camera. But it took me what... two years of thinking about getting a DSLR camera to actually do it. I'm so behind the times. lol!
Posted 14 December 2011 - 12:46 PM
When I bought my current camera, by the time I actually went to the store to buy it I knew more about it than the sales person. *g*
Posted 14 December 2011 - 02:40 PM
"I do not understand the mystery of grace -- only that it meets us where we are and does not leave us where it found us." Anne Lamott. My blog (Unfinished Work)
Posted 14 December 2011 - 03:58 PM
You are going to love it, I can't imagine not having mine!
He died for me, I'll live for Him!
Posted 14 December 2011 - 07:53 PM
Santa brought us a Nikon D3100 last month. I switched to manual today for the first time and got a pretty decent photo of a Christmas ornament. Gonna be taking tons of shots, that's for sure. Off to my favorite online book store to purchase a second battery and "The Digital Field Guide to the Nikon D3100" as Sandi recommended. Tonight is the first real challenge...girls' school Christmas program is tonight. We'll see how I do in funky light. I think I need to change the ISO....bettter go look that up .
So excited for you. Can't wait to see your pics!
Posted 14 December 2011 - 09:32 PM
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Posted 15 December 2011 - 08:17 AM
Once you shoot with it and get used to it you will never use shutter focus again.
Posted 15 December 2011 - 09:09 AM
I have tried to do manual on my older camera before and never had anything remotely close to a good a photo so I always gave up. With this camera I can see the potential right off and really thought I was doing okay. I think that's what I'm most disappointed about. Had they all looked bad in the LCD panel well that would be a completely other type of disappointment. LOL!
Overall I am very happy with the camera though. I just need to practice and I know that! lol!
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Love this one with Dan and Rogue... just wish it was sharper.
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The above images are straight from the camera - no processing. The one below is processed some.
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Posted 15 December 2011 - 01:39 PM
Use the 50mm 1.4 as it is a prime lens with superior glass to the 55-250mm.
Try not shoot at 1.4 right off the bad, takes some practice, start at say aperture of 4.0
After you meter your photo set for exposure be sure your shutter speed is above at least 60 to start, as you get practice you can lower this but with a lens that does not have IS you will get some blurry photos due to shake.
With a Aperture of 4 and shutter speed above 60 ISO could be set to auto and probably be 400-800 and should result in good range of settings.
Big important step is to also make sure the camera is set to Single Auto Focus point (The middle one), if you have all 9 points your letting the camera determine where to focus and that is not what you want.
With single point focus focus on the eyes and then re-compose your shot, then shoot. (Another big advantage to the back button focus I mentioned earlier)
I will look through the photos more, I would shoot by a window etc to give you good lighting, start with all that capture great photos to feel good about your camera and then start lowering the aperture to 2.8, 1.4 is extremely good for getting light in low light and nice blur but more difficult to shoot at.