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Nikon D3100 anyone?

Discussion in 'Camera and Photography Tips' started by Good_OL_Boy, May 22, 2013.

  1. Good_OL_Boy

    Good_OL_Boy Good Dog

    I found a sale on a Nikon d3100 camera for $400, I'd like something better to take pictures of my morons rather than my iPhone. Anyone have experience with this camera or would recommend it?
  2. Good_OL_Boy

    Good_OL_Boy Good Dog

    Also thinkin about getting 55-200 lense with it, would this be a good start?
  3. Drateibmoz

    Drateibmoz Little Dog

    I don't have any experience with the D3100, but I have the D3200 model and it is a fantastic camera. From what I've read, though, they are really similar aside from the megapixels (http://nikonites.com/d3200/5662-nikon-d3100-vs-d3200.html#axzz2U53qfTYv). It's a great line of cameras, easy to use, and reliable. I would recommend them.

    As for the lense, I think that is the best one to start with. I started out with a 18-55mm and switched to a 55-200 so I wouldn't be so limited.
  4. Fieldmarshal

    Fieldmarshal Big Dog

    You will be fine with 3100 and 55-200 combo. Just remember the 55-200mm is a budget lens, so try to avoid the upper the lower extreme focal lengths (Close to 55mm and 200mm), because that's where they will perform the worst. As long as you stay in the middle, you will be fine.
  5. Good_OL_Boy

    Good_OL_Boy Good Dog

    Well, looks like I'll be able to give my own review soon enough :D
  6. WithHope

    WithHope Big Dog

    Looks like I have to send my camera into Square Trade for repair. :( I got the bundle June 2012 for $199.99 (so that's what my warranty covers), but the camera alone now is $365, which means I can't replace it with the check I'll be getting from SquareTrade. So, instead of paying nearly twice as much for the same camera, we're thinking of throwing an additional $300 on and moving me up to a DSLR, and the 3100 bundle with the 55-200mm lens is the one I was looking at. Amazon.com: Nikon D3100 14.2MP Digital SLR Double-Zoom Lens Kit with 18-55mm and 55-200mm DX Zoom Lenses (Black): NIKON: Camera Photo

    I'm going to be sending my camera in this week, turn around for the warranty check should be about 2wks, so I have until then to decide on the next camera purchase. I'd like to keep the cost at $500 or below but definitely want to move into a DSLR. So unless anyone has a suggestion of a better camera at that price range, I will go with the positive reviews here of the 3100 and that'll be what I get! :)
  7. kady05

    kady05 Krypto Super Dog

    Get a Canon ;)
  8. Fieldmarshal

    Fieldmarshal Big Dog

    For the money, i would get the 3100, you get a good DSLR and two lenses, the focal lengths should cover you for pretty much any photo situation. And its not so heavy that it feels like a pain to carry around on vacations. For 100 bucks more you could upgrade to the VR lenses, but honestly, i would stick to the non-VR and put that 100 towards a good 35mm or 50mm prime lens.
  9. Elliehanna

    Elliehanna GRCH Dog


    Get a 75-300 lens for the Canon and keep the stock lens and call it a day, I am just now getting a new lens for my Canon this coming Christmas (Sigma
    50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Canon-ef) its going to cost around $400 but yea the canon is the way to go.
  10. Good_OL_Boy

    Good_OL_Boy Good Dog

    I heart my 3100 :)
  11. WithHope

    WithHope Big Dog

    I was looking through the canon options too last night. There's this. Amazon.com: Canon EOS Rebel T3 12.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Zoom Lens Photo I don't need all the extra stuff, as I already have a sony tripod, but the 75-300 lens is around $200 and the stock camera $433, so the bundle deal is cheaper than getting both. Also was looking at the prime lens option mentioned by Fieldmarshal for the Nikon if I went that route. Looks amazing! $233 is what the 50mm would cost for that. Either way I go, I'm gonna need to extend my budget just a bit, but the BF and I already decided it's a sound investment. I use the hell outta my camera, and I've gotten pretty good with the manual controls on just my Z990, but the options just aren't there. So when I'm trying to take fast shutter speed images of the kids or dogs, even when I adjust with the options available for aperture and ISO manually, unless it's that great lighting time of the day in the evening, I'm stuck choosing between grainy lit images or dark images that I hope I can fix with curves in Photoshop after. (sometimes works, sometimes not). We also cruise annually, and our cruise time is coming up in December, so a great camera is a must. So, whichever I choose, this is most likely gonna be my early Christmas present. :)
  12. Elliehanna

    Elliehanna GRCH Dog

    I don't know if anyone can show you a shot with the Nikon stock but here are some from my Canon rebel t1i (I got it off ebay with the 2 lens I currently have for 500, it was a steal :D )

    this is with flash and diffuser and slight light adjustment with photoshop
    [​IMG][/URL] 8-28-2013 by cowrunning, on Flickr[/IMG]

    [​IMG][/URL] 3-8-13 by cowrunning, on Flickr[/IMG]

    and then for action I use my 75-300
    [​IMG][/URL] 8-20-2013 by cowrunning, on Flickr[/IMG]

    now for bad lighting that is why I am getting that Sigma I mentioned, low light action shots its supposed to be a fantastic lens for it
  13. kady05

    kady05 Krypto Super Dog

    You could save a lot of money if you just got the Canon 50mm f/1.8. 1.8 vs 1.4 isn't a huge difference, and the Canon's sell for around $110 new, even cheaper used. It's a great little lens for the price. I sold mine recently only because I never used it anymore (I have a 17-40, 85, and 70-200, didn't have much use for a 50). This was taken with the 50mm:


    OP, personally, I'd save your money and just get a body and mess around with the stock lens and maybe grab a 50mm 1.8 for low light stuff. The 70-300 is meh, for a few hundred more you can get the 70-200 f/4, which is what I use for most of my photo shoots (they sell for around $550 used, sometimes less). Not a great low light lens, but for action and portrait, you can't get much better. Or if you're into primes, the 85mm is a great choice (it's a 1.8 lens). I got mine for $350 used.
  14. mspair

    mspair Little Dog

    I have the Canon 50mm f/1.8 and it is great. Keep in mind that with a cropped sensor, the 50mm acts as if it is more like an 80mm lens (50mm x 1.6). Regardless, this is one of my favorite lenses to use with my Canon T3i as it portrays more of what the natural eye sees in a scene.

    kady - did you use an off camera flash for the photo of the cat? I know you were using the 50mm, but the lighting looks great (nearly perfect).
  15. Elliehanna

    Elliehanna GRCH Dog

    the reason I want to go with the sigma is the difference is in the motor, and its a big difference in the 2 in that one aspect, I am going to be using it for action shots mostly, for low light and close quarters where I can't get the distance I want.
  16. kady05

    kady05 Krypto Super Dog

    I suppose it could be a better motor (though Sigma or anything not name brand makes me leery; my friend has some Sigma lenses and they've just don't impress me, or her, she hates them), but I'm not sure that it's worth THAT much more.

    However, you won't be able to do much with a 50mm in close quarters, especially on your crop body. I was missing shots often with my 50mm because I couldn't get far enough away from the subject. That's actually why I got the 17-40mm, now tight spaces aren't an issue anymore, and I just use a flash if I'm in low light.
  17. Swiper

    Swiper Little Dog

    Shooting in raw allows for some great post editing. Im not sure if the 3100 has it but iirc it does.
  18. PocketPal

    PocketPal Big Dog

    Nikon or DEATH! ;-P




  19. Swiper

    Swiper Little Dog

    Lol that guy in vid 2 is hilarious

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