Got a new camera, my first DLSR

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  1. GogDog

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    Well, almost, it should be here tomorrow, a Nikon D80. I am excited, as I have never used an SLR before, but I'll get the hang of it quick.

    But I did get my first lens today, as it arrived earlier than expected. A Nikkor 50mm f1.8d. Yay. Supah Cleah here I come!

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  2. Joe Moore

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    The D80 has gotten rave reviews. I love the low noise images of the DSLR's. Are you using it for recreation or for work?
     
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    my wife has a canon rebel xti. she loves having a dslr camera. i've never been into it so much, but she's just enthralled with it. you'll probably love it too.
     
  4. GogDog

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    Recreation, mostly toys probably, but a little of everything.
     
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    Congratulations!

    I'm still using my Rebel XT and it's been perfect these past years. I had a Canon A-1 for a long while, but it developed some light leakage as the seals deteriorated. I grudgingly made the switch from film and couldn't be happier. A good move, you!
     
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    The D80s have been flying off the shelf at the camera store I work at. It's a good camera, looking forward to how well you... handle it. ;) 

    One thing you might want to try with super clear pix is this. Set the aperture to the highest F stop (on my camera it's 22) and then use a longer exposure. The smaller aperture will increase your depth of field and make it clearer (with most photography this wouldn't work, but since you're camera's stationary and you're capturing a stationary object it will work). Also, try shooting in RAW. You can manipulate the white balance, colour temperature, and such after the photo's been taken instead of all those being automatically applied to the image if you're shooting in JPEG. And finally, you might want to invest in a remote shutter. They're not expensive and it means you won't get any camera shake when hitting the shutter button. You could always use the self-timer though.

    **edit: also, when using a tripod or in a situation where the camera is perfectly still (as in, not in your hands) you should turn off the VR. VR (image stabalization) is designed to reduce camera shake when you're holding the camera. But if the camera is on a tripod the VR doesn't know what to do, so shut it off when you're not holding the camera to take the picture.

    Oh, and congrats on upgrading to DSLR!
     
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    i want to get one too...the ex had a XT that was the camera we always took around...i got a Powershot a few months ago cause i wanted a pocket camera.

    Been looking into getting a DLSR...as much as i hear good things about Nikon, i just like the Canon cameras better. Might snag me a XS or XSi for X-Mas.
     
  8. GogDog

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    I have one question: what is the purpose of the lock for the f-stops? It will only lock it into 22. Why lock it at all?
     
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    Are you in manual mode? If you use any auto mode the aperture, shutterspeed, and ISO will be determained by the camera.
     
  10. GogDog

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    Not in any mode yet, don't get the camera til tomorrow. :lol 

    Was just curious what the slide lock for f22 on the lens was for.
     
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    Need pictures of your balls ASAP plz.

    Oh wait, you're not Llamatron.
     
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    Oops. And beats me. I'll ask my boss (the walking photographic encyclopedia) at work.
     
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    That was the first lens I bought for my D50!! Congrats!
     
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    hay guise

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