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  1. #11
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    Re: Considering used D-3100 - Thoughts?

    You got your wife a great starter kit. Now you will just have to save up for when she wants more?


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  2. #12
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    Re: Considering used D-3100 - Thoughts?

    FedEx tracking says the camera is supposed to be delivered tomorrow. I feel like a kid on Christmas Eve. LOL

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  3. #13
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    Re: Considering used D-3100 - Thoughts?

    D3100 came to the door today. Just ordered it from MPB on Saturday night, and used the "slow/free" shipping. Everything does look "like new" just like they advertised. I took a few photos and checked the shutter count at camershuttercount dot com - 1958. (Just what they advertised)


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    I wanted to check that everything worked, so I walked out in the garden for a few quick photos before the thunderstorm hit.

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    Low light under the awning with dark thunderstorm clouds just breaking loose.


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    One of my wife's favorite planters. (Perfect for Hens & Chicks!)

    I got the back button focus and other settings adjusted so I can start teaching my wife some of the basics, which is about all I know.

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  4. #14
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    Re: Considering used D-3100 - Thoughts?

    Wow! Very impressive.

    Quote Originally Posted by tramp View Post
    Taken with that exact combination. A very underrated camera and lens. I don't care for plastic lenses but it works well and has amazing close up abilities for a kit lens. Thought about selling it but it is such a jewel of a camera I use it frequently and believe I'd miss it. I bet you end up using it too.

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  5. #15
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    Re: Considering used D-3100 - Thoughts?

    We've been very busy the past few days and were also out of town, but managed to get in a short lesson on basics (aperture, shutter speed, focus). Both of us have taken some photos with the D3100 and are very happy so far. Give us a few more days of practice and we will post a few photos.

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  6. #16
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    Re: Considering used D-3100 - Thoughts?

    Just got home from a loop up through Wisconsin, U.P. Michigan (Mackinac), Sault St Marie, Ontario (Sudbury, Parry Sound, Hamilton - Royal Botanical Gardens), and Niagara Falls before heading home to West Virginia. My wife used the D3100 and is getting more comfortable with it. She says its easier for her to see the display rather than use the viewfinder, so certain focusing situations have been a challenge. For example, a single flower sticking up with the background off in the distance - the camera wants to focus on the background, which is 95% of the view area.

    I used the camera some and was very impressed. I used the viewfinder, though. Much lighter and easier to carry for hours than the D7200. The photos came out nice and clear and properly exposed.

    For long hikes or long photo sessions, I will probably grab the D3100 if my wife isn't using it. Very impressed.

    I posted a travelogue of the trip on our family page. Most photos were D7200, but we used the D3100 over on Mackinac and various shots throughout the trip.

    Link: http://www.michaelelyard.com/WisconsinCanada2018.htm


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  7. #17
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    Re: Considering used D-3100 - Thoughts?

    UPDATE:

    Well, it's been 2 years now with the D3100. Due to some family issues (eye problems with me, deaths in the family) that have sidelined us, along with the COVID-19 pandemic, we have only had one long trip to give the D3100 a workout. Last September (2019), we packed up the car and took a 1-month cross-country trip to the Southwest. I used the D7200 most of the time, and my wife went back and forth between the D3100 and our Nikon Coolpix L-830. Link to our travelogue (done day by day - pretty basic the first 5 days until we got to Missouri):

    http://www.michaelelyard.com/SW%20Re...019%20Home.htm

    Now for the big news. As much as I like the D7200, my right shoulder (the recipient of two surgeries) was very sore by the end of the day carrying that beast around. And even after 2 years of studying the RockyNook book, it was frustrating trying to get all of the settings right to use the special features. I find myself using the D3100, and it suits my needs 98% of the time. My wife likes the Coolpix for ease of use, and still uses the D3100 from time to time.

    In my never-ending quest to downsize and not leave a house full of stuff for our son to have to go through when we're done here, I am selling my D7200. I'm keeping the lenses for the D3100.

    Sometime down the road, if either of those cameras bites the dust (literally - I drop things on a regular basis LOL), I will probably look at a nice mirror-less camera.

    A friend loaned me a book on the D3200 and I've been reading it. Pretty much the same as the D3100 with just a few more bells and whistles. I think the camera's abilities far outweigh mine at this point, so it's a good match.
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  8. #18
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    Re: Considering used D-3100 - Thoughts?

    So you initially made the right choice. A D3100 will still do more than the average photographer needs but still has enough extra's to keep the next level photographer interested and busy.
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  9. #19
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    Re: Considering used D-3100 - Thoughts?

    I've been practicing with the D3100 several times the past month with flowers and birds/critters in our back yard. We get an assortment of deer, rabbits, and squirrels scurrying about.

    I have tried different focusing modes (single point, area, 3D) and shooting modes (Automatic, Aperture Priority, and even "Sport" mode) with varying rates of success. Some photos have been pretty clear (not as clear as I'd like) and half have been quite disappointing. I'm using the Nikon 55X300 and am careful to not let shutter speeds get below 1/200 when zoomed out, even though I am usually sitting in a chair and have my elbow propped on the arm of the chair. Maybe I need to learn to be a little more genteel on the shutter release. I bumped up the ISO to 400 and 800 to keep the shutter speed fast.

    It is much easier on my arm and shoulder than the D7200 was, though. I don't miss the extra weight.

    Oh well, at least I'm not burning through film as I learn to use this camera. LOL
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  10. #20
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    Re: Considering used D-3100 - Thoughts?

    Quote Originally Posted by pnomanikon View Post
    I I'm using the Nikon 55X300 and am careful to not let shutter speeds get below 1/200 when zoomed out, even though I am usually sitting in a chair and have my elbow propped on the arm of the chair. Maybe I need to learn to be a little more genteel on the shutter release.
    Shutter speed is often suggest to be for DX 1.5x focal length but is seems your hold method should be stable. Breathing method and shutter can make a big difference.
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