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What's the best way to control autofocus while shooting video?

I'm trying to shoot training videos of myself. While recording, the autofocus goes in and out. Sometimes it's where I want it (on my face) and other times in on my hands when gesturing or the background. I need to keep my face in sharp focus.

I've increased the f-stop to try to increase the depth-of-field without much luck. When I switch to manual mode, I can't get a sharp enough picture either. Are there any best practices to using the video elements to my new D5100?
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you can change your auto focus to single auto, it sounds to me like you may be using it on continuous servo focus where it keeps finding the moving object or another way to try it would be on portrait mode it recognizes faces and tends to follow them rather than what is centered or moving.
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Getting a faster lens with auto focus might help. Also, make sure the background and foreground aren't too similar in terms of colors/lighting. I had that same problem too.
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Is this product compatible with the mac computer?

Is this camera compatible with mac computers? Can you plug the cmaera inn and edit on the mac with iPhoto?
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Yes it is compatible with mac.
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Yes, this camera is compatible with MAC OS. You can transfer the photos to your computer and then work on them in any software.
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I bought my D5100 in San Diego but I moved to Mexico City, Can I have product support here in Mx?

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Why not?u just need your product's serial number & site of U.S Nikon cuz u that key no. is applicable only in u.s.a.
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Nikon Digital Warranty for products purchased in the USA won't be valid in Mexico (only USA).
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Using External video monitor while shooting video.

Can I Use an External video monitor while shooting video?
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yes, you have to buy a field monitor with HDMI input. there are zillions of them out there. :)
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You will need to get in contact with the manufacture of the third equipment for compatibility information with our products.
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How is the video transferred to a computer?

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Nikon View is recommended but as a first-time experiment I downloaded to iPhoto (11). Clips played successfully including audio. Haven't tried but assume can move into iMovie for editing.
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Via a usb cable, same as importing images.
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Auto focus soft.

I bought a new D5100, because I shoot a lot of people. I have noticed a ton of out of focused shots. Is there a better AF metering to set the camera to for fashion photography?
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you're probably using the AF in the wrong mode. AF-S only focuses once, and in the focus area you selected. AF-C follows moving people (that's better for fashion shows) as long as you keep your shutter release halfway down. BUT, if you are using live view, forget about instant and precise focus. so DON'T use live view for fashion photography.
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For better assistance, please click on the link below in order for you to send sample images:
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How can i adjust image review time (duration suchas 5 sec, 10 sec) after each shooting for D5100?

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The option is in the Menu, top-left button on the back of the camera.
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Please see page #160 of the user's manual for the D5100 in order to set the Auto Off Timers.
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Is it available in D5100 a multi ower battery pack? What's the model number?

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No there is no grip/battery pack for the 5100 specifically. but you can buy the one for the d3100, and then sand or cut off the small lip on the one side and it will fit just fine.
I did this and it works great. I have two batterys in mine, and its great for turning the camera longways to take portait style shots (button on the grip too).
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The D5100 doesn't carry a battery pack.
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Does this camera come with a lens? If so what lens?

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If your purchase the D5100 with the body and kit you'll get the 18-55mm VR lens which is a great lens.
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The kit usually has the 18-55 vr.
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Why does my AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55 mm VR make a clicking when VR is on, why?

My lens makes the mirror stick toward the end of my shot but only when the VR is turned on...why? I just bought this whole kit and is less than one week old. I have not mistreated this item at all. Please advice.

Thank you.
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Clicking sounds are not normal. It sounds like its defective.
Exchange it at the reseller or contact Nikons official support.
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That is completely normal. Please click on the link below for information about VR technology.
http://support.nikonusa.com/app/ans...
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Does this cam support Af-s18-105mm & if so the auto focus wll work r wll have any issue in tht!?

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Yes it will work.
I have two AF-s lenses.
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Yes it works on the D5100.
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Does Nikon D5100 come with a lens cap included?

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Yes, assming you're buying one that comes with a lens. :)
Some are sold Body only.
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Yes.
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d5100 accessories

Ok, i bought a d 3100 battery grip because there are none for the 5100. i watched videos about sanding down one side to make it fit. (fits like a glove) but, when i turn it on, it says i have to choose the correct battery designated for my camera. but it is the right battery. ( EN-EL 14) any ideas how i can get it to work?
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I did the same thing. I sometimes get that same error message, so I just pop the battery out of the grip and reinsert it and its fine. Give it a shot?
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Nikon doesn't manufacture a battery grip for the D3100 or for the D5100.
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If not D5100, what would be the option for a newbee in a little lesser price?

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The D3100 is an excellent choice for newbies. I've held and used both.
However it is only slightly cheaper. Put out a price range to get a more defined answer.
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Have a look at the D3100.
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What class SD card is recommended for photos and video's...... 2,4,6,8 or 10

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6+ for photos, 10 for video.
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Please click on the link below for information:
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Live view is blank / black. Can't see photos

I take a photo and it will not appear in the live view screen.

- Battery is charged
- Turning off and on does not solve problem
- Same problem occurs with different lens
- Can not see anything in live view screen when taking photo.
- Camera is less than a month old
- After taking photo with view finder, cannot review photo in live view screen
- Camera autofocuses and flash will even go off, if needed, so it seems like it is taking a photo.
- Worked yesterday morning and does not work this morning. To my knowledge, nothing has changed!
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Sounds broken to me. Tried yanking the battery out and let it sit for a few?
I'd say contact official support for assitance.
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Please see page # 99 of the user's manual for the D5100 in order to verify that you have the camera set correctly for Live View.
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can the d5100 take a black and white photo?

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Yes it can take black and white photos. The instructions for this are in the manuel as I don't have it in my memory (I just purchased mine recently).
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Yes, just change the picture control.
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can we use nikkor 18-200mm VRII lense on D5100 and can it produces high quality photo?

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Yes, you can use them together.
It will produce quality photos, provided you have all the settings correctly attuned.
i.e. if your shooting sports and you have it set for portraits your photos will look terrible.
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You can use 18-200 VRII on D5100.
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Portrait lens selection

I've read that the ideal lens for portrait taking with a film camera is 85mm. What mm length would be equal to 85mm on the D5100 camera. I've seen formulas for calculating this but I'd like to hear it from the camera manufacturer.
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If you want to get closer (like headshot, head and shoulder.) AF-s 60 f/2.8G Micro and AF-s 85 f/3.5G VR will gave you a better perspective.
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For D5100 Nikon AF-s 50 f/1.8G is now the best because it have Aspherical element. And field of view of 50mm lens on D5100 is equal to 75mm lens. Fine for not to close portrait.
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Will a AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED that was with my D40x work with the D5100?

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Any lens that worked with the D40 will work on the D5100
It is best to use AF-S but the other F-mount lens will manually focus.
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