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Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G or 55mm

What is this lens used for? Why would someone buy this over a 18-55mm or a 55-200mm?
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Primes are nice but I would say that a 18-55mm 2.8 is a bread and butter lens, able to be used for lots of different things, from landscapes to portraits. Optically it isn't quite as good as a prime but a decent one is still worth investing in.
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The 35mm 1.8G is known as "fast glass" , The speed of the lens allows better low light shooting. It also produces a nice bokeh"background blur" and it also very good for portraits
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Does the D5100 include the AF S 18-55mm lens?

In the forum several people said that it was included but it doesn´t show up in the Supplied Accesories list
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D5100 is available body only or as a kit which includes the 18-55mm AFS.
I agree with Devasis get the body only and put the money you save toward a better lens.
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Yes... But I will suggest only buy a body & purchase a good lens depending upon your nature of interest.
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Does the Nikon D5100 have maximum shots? and if it does what is its maximum shots?

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As a reflex camera each shot is a mirror flip. Because this is a mechanical part after several thousand times it would fail, maybe around 100K.
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What do you mean by maximum shots? Maximum resolution shots, maximum continious shots or number of shots that can you take before memory card is full? If you're talking about the card shots, than it all depends on card capacity(size) Bigger is better!
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Monitor cover

Is there a monitor cover which will work with the D5100? I am thinking of a cover similar to the BM-8 that came with my D70.

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The 5100 has a flip out LCD, so there is no need for a monitor cover. Instead, just flip out the LCD, rotate it, and flip it back in.

There are third party sites that make "screen protectors" which are thin films designed to protect the LCD from scratching. I don't know how effective or useful they are since the glass or plastic used to protect the Nikon LCDs varies from year to year and model to model. For instance, my Nikon D3 and my GF's Nikon D5000 doesn't have a scratch, neither have had monitor covers or screen protectors.

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Nikon doesn't make one, perhaps you can find a third party that does
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my new d5100 sometimes says there is no sd card installed - why?

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this model is new. i never had this problem . when i have any thing like this i buy a new card, u may need to contact nikon for this.
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Please verify that the memory card is inserted correctly and format the card using the camera.
Menu > Setup > Format Card.
Answer Title: Approved SD cards for D5100
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I am considering purchasing the D5100...

I am considering purchasing the D5100. Can I change the aperature and iso settings with this camera? My current camera I cannot change the settings. I really want to get blurred backgrounds on my pictures. Which lenses are good for that? Is this camera good for beginners using a DSLR? Any comments/reviews on the camera and lenses would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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Yes, you can control the aperture, shutter speed, manual and program. Please click on the link below for information regarding Depth of Field:
http://support.nikonusa.com/app/ans...
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check out"depth of field" on youtube
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does this camera geotag its photos?

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The D5100 does not have a built-in GPS feature, however you can use the optional GP-1 GPS accessory http://www.nikonusa.com/Nikon-Produ... with the camera.
 
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Hi, I want to know if this model has an international Warranty?

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This comes from Nikon:

USA warranty honored in other countries?

Answer ID 9677 | Published 04/07/2004 12:28 PM | Updated 02/15/2011 11:07 AM

Is the Nikon USA warranty valid outside the United States?

The Nikon USA warranty on film cameras, lenses, and speedlights will be honored by Nikon-authorized service centers outside the United States as long as you have the yellow copy of the Nikon USA warranty and your sales receipt from a dealer in the USA. The key to the validity of the warranty is a sales receipt from the country in which you purchased the equipment. If you purchase equipment in another country where the Nikon Worldwide Warranty applies, copies of the sales receipt and this warranty are necessary to obtain warranty service in the USA. Buying the equipment with a Nikon Worldwide Warranty in the United States is not recommended because that warranty is not valid in the USA without a sales receipt from an overseas dealer, and it is not valid outside the USA with a sales receipt from a dealer in the USA.

Note that USA products usually include have blank warranty cards with the camera company's USA addresses on them. Gray Nikon cameras and lenses used to come with international warranty papers, and lately the stores selling gray are just pulling all the warranty documents out of the boxes.

In other words, be careful, and know your dealer.
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No, warranty is valid in country of purchase only.
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What do I need for use a Zoon-Nikkor 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6D IF - AF with my new D5100?

When I put the camera lens, this tells me some instructions but they do not work.
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Here is list of compatible lenses for your camera...
some functions with some lenses are not fully supported...

AF-S Lens Required for Autofocus

Compatible Lenses

AF-S, AF-I: All Functions Supported
AI-P NIKKOR: All Functions Supported Except 3D Color Matrix Metering II
IX NIKKOR Lenses Cannot be Used
Non-CPU: Can be used in mode M, but Exposure Meter does not Function; Electronic Rangefinder can be used if Maximum Aperture is f/5.6 or Faster
Other AF NIKKOR (Excluding lenses for F3AF): All Functions Supported Except 3D Color Matrix Metering II
Type G or D AF NIKKOR: All Functions Supported Except Autofocus
Type D PC NIKKOR: All Functions Supported Except Autofocus and some Shooting Modes

If you have other problems or questions , I would contact "Service and Support" in the above main menu bar.
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I assume it says AF-s not AF, Not quite sure what you mean by" but do not work", make sure M/A switch is on "A", lens is mounted correctly, set the camera mode to auto and it will basically do the
rest.
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Does camera have a setting for still "time lapse" shooting?

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There is nothing in the "Tech Specs" about time lapse...
Does the manual say anything???
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Yes, up to 999 shots.
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any other button for iso

does this camera has any other button for iso
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Have you looked inside manual???
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There is no dedicated ISO button on the D5100. You change ISO either in the Custom Settings d2 menu or from the Information screen.
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Best portrait lens and speed light for the d5100 and why?

I'm finding it hard to adjust to my D5100 and would love others input on a great portrait lens and also a great speed light. thanks guys Leigh
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Hi
I would say 50mm for portrait lens...why...if u buy FX version for DX camera, it is close to 70mm which is considered by most to be a great portrait focal length, as it is very close to what the human eye sees, i.e.: no real distortion, a good working distance from model...
I own 105mm VR 2.8 and shooting portraits as a prime lens is tack sharp always, but i need to get back from model too far... and if you can afford the f/1.4, the more expensive the sharper and more durable it will be...and you can have an awesome macro lens as well if you choose that version...

As for flash, if you can afford the 910, I would buy it... why, because it will do more than any other lens and will last a lifetime, you can use it on this camera and many to come in the future...the new flashes are incredibly versatile...if you cant afford that model, then the SB700 is great as well, would do all you want for now I believe...

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You can get a million different answers for the best portrait lens, it depends on what type of portraits you are shooting. If you don't want to spend alot of money wait for the new AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G. It will have an effective focal length of 127mm, not too close and not too far. If you don't mind spending money then get the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II. Just my opinions others will differ.
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Why is it that there's no option for 30fps on video mode on my D5100?

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These are specs from "Tech and Specs" for your camera...

HD 1,920x1,080 / 30 fps
HD 1,920x1,080 / 24 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 30 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 24 fps
VGA 640x424 / 30 fps

Id this the information you ask for???
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30fps only available when mode is set to NTSC
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Can I See video on monitor and my camera LCD same time while shooting video?

Can I Use an External video monitor and my camera LCD same time while shooting video?
I try when I press recording button my monitor turn black using HDMI output and TV Out put both.
What setting would required for video shoot both preview on camera LCD and External Monitor out put too!
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I would contact "Service and Support" in main menu bar above...
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You will need Camera Control Pro 2, using the included USB, in order to operate your camera remotely and capture unique images directly into your computer. If you want to use an external monitor you will need to get in contact with the manufacture of the third party equipment for compatibility and support information with our products.
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does D5100 have panorama option in it and timelapse

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It does not list these features in the "Tech Specs" for this camera...
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The D5100 doesn't have the panorama scene mode (you will need a software in order to stich the images). However, it does have the interval timer photography feature.
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Is the Sigma AF 75-300 compatible with the nikon D5100? and there is any international shop of cameras in Boston or New Hampshire state? Thank you.

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I would contact Sigma for info on their lenses, this is Nikon website...
I would just google for camera stores in your area...
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The APO- M DG version is motorized and will autofocus with the D 5100
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How long is battery life when shooting video?

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The number of shots and video recording time that can be taken with a fully-charged battery varies with the condition of the battery, temperature, and how the camera is used.
Battery Life (shots per charge) 660 shots
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About 2 hours 45 minutes in 720 HD a little less in 1080.
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will lenses from my Nikon N80 film camera work on the D5100?

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Here is the list of compatible lenses for your camera,

There is no reason for the lenses not to work, thats the beauty of Nikon almost all lenses work with all bodies, with some exceptions...

Hope this helps...

AF-S Lens Required for Autofocus
Compatible Lenses
AF-S, AF-I: All Functions Supported
AI-P NIKKOR: All Functions Supported Except 3D Color Matrix Metering II
IX NIKKOR Lenses Cannot be Used
Non-CPU: Can be used in mode M, but Exposure Meter does not Function; Electronic Rangefinder can be used if Maximum Aperture is f/5.6 or Faster
Other AF NIKKOR (Excluding lenses for F3AF): All Functions Supported Except 3D Color Matrix Metering II
Type G or D AF NIKKOR: All Functions Supported Except Autofocus
Type D PC NIKKOR: All Functions Supported Except Autofocus and some Shooting Modes
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Depends on what lenses you have
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Shutter release button stucked half way when shooting with aperture, why?

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Sounds like you may have a problem, the shutter release should never stick half way, no matter what mode you shoot in...
I would contact "Service and Support" in the main menu bar above...
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Please make sure that the battery is fully charge and that the camera is acquiring focus.
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What is a good wide angle lens for videoing on the d5100?

I was at my sons diving meeting in NY this past weekend and wanted to use my new camera to video his dives but I didn't think the kit lenses were the right fit. I am always pretty close to the diving boards but neither of the lenses felt wide enough if that makes sense. Hoping someone can recommend a moderate priced wide angle lens if that is what I need.
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A good wide angle ... I won the 17-35mm 2.8... I know the 17-55mm 2.8 is considered a top lens...
If you want a prime lens think of 35mm maybe...
I dont know what your kit lens was, size wise...You need to consider what it is, use it in situations of all types you will encounter and then take a look at your needs ...
For me the 17-35mm has been perfect, I shoot drag races, portraits, events, landscape, nature all of it, and i consider my wide angle to be 17- 35mm, which is not really accurate as i have an older D2X that is DX sensor size not FX, therefore my 17 is really around a 25mm or so...
These lenses i mention are expensive pro grade lenses... I believe others can tell you what non pro lenses are like and if quality n what not is good...I mean from Nikon you will always have quality, its just what you spend is what you get...
Hope i help some...
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Please click on the link below for the lens simulator; it will help you to make the decision on what lens you need.
http://www.nikonusa.com/Nikon-Produ...
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