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post #16 of 32 (permalink) Old 07-16-2013, 10:39 PM
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Wouldnt more mega pixels mean that if you zoom in the photo you took it will also have better quality.

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I have heard that about megapixels. I worked with a guy a few years ago who told me that with DSLR cameras its all in the lens. I just wanted to get some input in which cameras were recommended so I don't go out and buy a piece of crap and end up buying 2-3 different ones before finding something that I'm happy with. I still have to do more research on lens speeds, lens sizes and so on and so forth. Thanks for the input.
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Wouldnt more mega pixels mean that if you zoom in the photo you took it will also have better quality.
You will not get better quality but the photo will no be as pixelated. If you zoom in on a photo taken with a 12mp vs 36mp then the photo from the 36mp would not be as pixelated as the 12mp file.

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Sorry to hijack the thread but I there a camera that is like the D5100 that is 300 but still as good?

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D5100 is good D5200 refurbish is better. It has more megapixels. 5100 and 5200 has flipout screen for video. If you i need video get a d3100 or refurb d3200 which has more megapixels.

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Megapixels mean nothing unless you plan to blow your picture up for posters or crop photo intensely. It's all about the camera, the settings and mainly your glass. Your lenses.

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One quick question, will all Nikon lenses work with all of their cameras?

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Yes, but some won't have auto focus. The D5100 for instance only supports AF-S style auto focuses. While older cameras and more expensive ones like the D90 can support AF-S and just AF. The difference is that the motor for AF-S is in the lens, while AF has the motor in-camera.


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You usually don't use auto focus for macro shots

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Cool. Thanks again!

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When I first started out. I used a D5100 and I paired it with a 17-55 DX 2.8 Lens. The lens itself is retail 1600, so it was more than double the cost of the camera. I have since improved and use a different Nikon now.

Here is an example of a shot on a D5100 and a Nikon 17-55 2.8 Lens

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D5100 refurbished with kit lens.

Here are some examples as well. Took these the other day.

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Its a little out of focus, but you get the idea.





All of these were taken this past week. This just shows the day-to-day shots you can get.


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I think one of the D5100 refurbished kits might be the way for me to go then. All of those pics are incredible.

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I just wanted to add the shots i posted are jpg and not raw and they had no post processing done to it. So you can do incredible things with even a basic camera, technique and good glass.

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I can see that. A D5100 kit from flEbay fits right into my budget too.

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I do have to admit, mine did have some editing done to them, but that is considered almost essential in the world of digital photography. I highly recommend Adobe lightroom if your looking for a program.


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