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Caveman Creations

Posts: 580

Fort Worth, Texas, US

AG_Boston wrote:

I will NOT play with a will force me to purchase it... neutral True story...and more great features! (Than my 40d).

I smell what yer steppin' in!

Dec 03 12 09:02 pm Link



Posts: 656

Minneapolis, Minnesota, US

me voy wrote:
The features I use the most on my Nikon D700 and I would like to know if the Nikon D800 have them:

Dynamic AF Area, 51 points (3D Tracking) and
Function Botton set to FV Lock for flash

I don't think I can live without these two features. Any Nikon shooters know if the D800 have these.

By the way, Nikon changed the way you set focusing modes.
The new mode selector switch is a two way toggle: Auto Focus or Manual focus
It also has a press-button that you hold while turning the front or rear dial.
The rear dial toggles from af-c to af-s
While in af-c the front dial cycles through 3d / dynamic / single point etc
While in af-s the front dial cycles through auto and single point

Dec 03 12 09:27 pm Link


shawn is boring

Posts: 1291

Long Beach, California, US

Aaron Lewis Photography wrote:
I always use single spot focusing. It's more controllable and I know what I've focused on. Using more than one point is great for landscapes but I can't see how it helps anything in the studio.

I love the additional grip, the ability to have the shutter release in the right spot while vertical is priceless.

Dual cards is also an excellent feature. JPG to 1 and RAW to the other. This provides you an easy way to give the client JPG's for review, if they like, while retaining the RAW images.

Most non photographer people have a hard enough time understanding focal length let alone ISO, Aperture and shutter speed, then how to use them with and against one another. That's asking a lot. Yes they're consumer features. However, they can also get you out of a bind when you're on the go.

I never take my camera out of manual but to each his own.

I use the auto focus point selection when I am shooting out in public or places where we need to get in and get out fast quite often, as selecting the right focus point usually eats up time, and the camera actually does a pretty good job on its own.

Dec 03 12 09:47 pm Link


Andrew Thomas Evans

Posts: 24078

Minneapolis, Minnesota, US

Power Bost Photography wrote:
So I'm wondering what you all out there actually use on a day to day basis when shooting llamas. Do you have a favorite autofocus setting? Do you ever think, thank goodness this camera has 39 focus areas? What tech has improved your shooting?

When you really boil things down I mostly use spot metering and spot auto focus.

Andrew Thomas Evans

Dec 03 12 09:53 pm Link



Posts: 10604

Los Angeles, California, US

I use this new thing on these digital cameras....Manual.

Dec 03 12 09:55 pm Link


Fotografica Gregor

Posts: 4126

Alexandria, Virginia, US

single point auto focus

centre weighted metering  (don't really use auto modes hardly at all but I leave it this way)

shutter locked at 250

aperture locked somewhere between f5.6 (beauty) to f8/9 

most of the time -  studio settings....

on location I am shutter and aperture manually to blend flash or strobe with natural or environmental light

Dec 03 12 10:07 pm Link


Power Bost Photography

Posts: 80

Santa Barbara, California, US

Art Silva Photography wrote:
Lately I have found I don't use a good majority of the features on my Nikon DSLRs.
I am to the point of dumping off all of it and go back to basics with a Leica or something similar since I usually shoot manually or Aperture Priority at best.
I rather spend my pennies now on quality lenses than all the bells and whistles of a DSLR set-up.

There's only so far a DSLR can take you. You're correct: the money should be going towards the glass!!

Dec 03 12 11:50 pm Link


Power Bost Photography

Posts: 80

Santa Barbara, California, US

imcFOTO wrote:
I have a D7000 too (only for a few months so still learning!) and I shoot mostly with aperture priority since I usually shoot with continuous lights and like to play with depth of field. I use live-view a lot and use the face-priority auto-focus a lot. When not in live-view, it is set to use AF-A 21 point.

I love the auto ISO and the fact that I can set minimum shutter speeds and maximum iso settings.

The biggest feature I really like over my old D80 is the user settings (U1 and U2). I have U1 set up for my regular shooting 200 to 400 with min speed 1/100th
and U2 is set for 400-1600 iso and min speed 1/100th. So if U1 is struggling, I flick to U2 knowing I will possibly get a little more grain. I am still fine tuning these. But the U1/U2 does mean I fiddle a lot less during a shoot. Note: The max iso takes priority so it will drop the speed below your minimum if it needs too. For me, aperture remains my main control the rest is about setting some limits.

I shoot raw 100% of the time. I have 2nd card slot set as overflow.

I shoot in Q mode (quiet mode) - not silent but quieter.

Q mode sounds strange to me, but I have yet to use it in a proper setting. I like the idea of face-priority focus as that's what we here in the llama shootin' business like.

Dec 04 12 12:03 am Link


Glenn Liam Kelly

Posts: 42

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

The Joystick for selecting AF points.
Using the popup flash for firing speedlights although I recently got some yongnuo triggers.
Bracketing for Landscapes. I also use the little remote control unit for taking the photo.
The LCD for chimping.
The chassis and weather sealing for outdoor shooting. (Dropped three times still OK)
Only ever use Av or Manual Mode. Select Whitecolour balance in DPP software.

Dec 04 12 12:10 am Link



Posts: 2797

Fresno, California, US

Power Bost Photography wrote:
Just got a D7000 (yay!), and sat down and read the manual like a good boy. There's a lot of features in this camera, and in others, that seem to be there for amateurs (scene mode, auto mode, etc.) instead of just learning the basics of shutter speed, apeture, iso, etc. etc.
But other features look very powerful. The manual is okay in explaining what something does, but rarely says why you would want to use it.

So I'm wondering what you all out there actually use on a day to day basis when shooting models. Do you have a favorite autofocus setting? Do you ever think, thank goodness this camera has 39 focus areas? What tech has improved your shooting?

Depends, my cameras have A, S, P, M. when shooting models with studio strobes Manuel (M) (There is no TTL). Location depends on the lighting conditions Aperture Priority (A) or Manual (M) most likely at f/2.8.

If I am using CLS it could be any of the above depending on what I was after.

Most times I use AF using my focus one of 51 points in AF-Continuous.

Dec 04 12 01:29 am Link


R Michael Walker

Posts: 11987

Costa Mesa, California, US

On my Nikon D800 I use so many features I have all profile modes full  one for video. One for normal shooting with only RAWs. Another for time-lapse shooting. And another for those times I need to bracket to get what I need to work with. I also have 10 menus bookmarked in my custom settings tab.

Dec 04 12 01:45 am Link


Alien LiFe

Posts: 934

San Jose, California, US

I live in AV most of the time ... go visit M if I do multiple light setting ...
Single point focus & moving around with the 'joystick' to focus on the face.
Matrix meter 100%, Mirror Lock-up for landscape & timer sometimes ... smile

Now I love that Auto-ISO when I'm shooting without using flash/strobe and really happy now that I can do exposure compensation on Ambient exposure & flash separately ...

Dec 04 12 01:51 am Link


Amul La La

Posts: 885

London, England, United Kingdom

Looking to upgrade from my canon 300D soon.

iso - 100 - 200
manual mode - settings alternate (shutter/ap)
w/b normally on the sun icon.


Dec 04 12 03:23 am Link


Art of the nude

Posts: 12055

Olivet, Michigan, US

Aside from the things that make it a digital SLR, the main "features" I use on my camera are manual mode and the "spot focus".  Plus the ability to view framing and lighting after a shot.  I use that constantly, and really, really, missed it when I dropped it and broke the screen.  Fortunately, I had "accidental damage" coverage.  Beyond that, I use flexibility of the 1.4 lens, but that's not actually part of the camera.

Dec 04 12 03:38 am Link


Natural Means

Posts: 851

Uralla, New South Wales, Australia

Only obscure thing I can offer is try raw+ (with a low res jpeg) fantastic to show the model a (kind of) colour corrected image at the shoot instead of the drab raw; and also fantastic for quick e-mailing several photos for selection/review for example.

Dec 04 12 04:03 am Link