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The Nikon D3100 is a 14.2 megapixel DX format DSLR Nikon F-mount camera announced by Nikon on August 19, 2010. It replaced the D3000 as Nikon's entry level DSLR, and itself was replaced by the D3200 in 2012.

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How to clean the focusing screen?

Yesterday I was photographing an event and had to change a lot between lenses (50mm and 18-55mm). Surprise, surprise, today when I looked on the viewfinder I saw a little piece of fabric and a little ...
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Nikon D3100 Won't Take Photo — says light is too low

I've had my Nikon D3100 camera for about 3 years. I recently accidentally reset my shooting options. Since I've done that, I'm having a hard time getting the camera to focus and take photos in lower ...
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Why won't my D3100 take flash pictures even when focused?

Recently my camera has randomly stopped letting me take photos on settings that have a flash or have a flash option. It will let the camera focus and it will make a click sound like it is ready to ...
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Is there a way to replicate Nikon D3100 live view on my laptop screen?

I own a Nikon D3100 and I need a way to see the live view of my camera on my laptop screen. There must definitely be a way (I am not just aware of it). I have searched all around the web sites... I ...
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Nikon D3100 Squeaky Lens Problems?

I've been using my Nikon D3100 and it all worked fine, until today, I tried to take a picture and pushed the button and started making a noise like the lens was working when I had it set to Manual I ...
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Unable to change shutter speed, ISO, or aperture on Nikon D3100 in any mode

I recently bought a Nikon D3100. But I have a problem now: I can't change shutter speed, ISO, or aperture in any mode. I am stuck at 1/100 and when I try to wheel it shows me 1/80 for a second and ...
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When buying entry level cameras, are lenses really more important than the body?

Original Question: Is there a D5100 alternative I was considering my first DSLR Nikon D3000, then saw D3100 and was fixed on it, then saw D5100 and I though yes,this is the one to go for. While ...
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Why does my Nikon D3100 display 'File contains no image'?

My camera has been working fine. I keep it in it's protective carrying case - nothing damaging has ever happened to this camera. I took it out a few days ago and the display showed that my file ...
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nikon d3100 built in flash not working

I’ve been using my D3100 for awhile now. Today I took a few pictures using the flash and everything worked fine. After that I spent some time exploring menu set-up options and played with a few ...
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How to fix issues with the flash on Nikon D3100?

When I am in M, A, S, or P modes, my flash goes off without needing to. The built in flash is down, also the button won't pop the flash up. The firmware is updated. Does anyone think this is a ...
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How can I properly take advantage of this equipment?

I'm a newbie to photography yet I have been asked to "figure out" how to do certain things. Now, before ending up here I went old-school and picked the manual to the camera I was given (Nikon D3100), ...
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Nikon D3100 taking black images. Stuck shutter?

I have had my Nikon D3100 DSLR for about three years, and it has worked like a champ until today, when it started taking nothing but black pictures in any mode. The LCD screen still works (I can see ...
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My Nikon D3100 says no lens attached when I use a T-Mount with it

I've had my camera for a few years now. I just received a couple new lenses for my Nikon D3100 (which I take extremely good care of). For both of the lenses you need to use a T-Mount. When I put the ...
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Can I use a Vivitar Auto Thyristor 3700 Flash with my Nikon D3100?

Can I Use my very old Vivitar Auto Thyristor 3700 Flash with my DSLR Nikon D3100?
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Do I need to update nikonD3100 firmware to use a microSD 32GB HC1 card?

On my nikon D3100, whenever I try to insert any microSD Sandisk32GB HC1 card with adapter, a green indicator light comes on and after some time it says the memory card is damaged and it can't use it. ...
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Why does Nikon D3100 locks Shutter in Autofocus mode?

So I just got this Nikon D3100 Camera. And I am trying to take a picture using autofocus with the kit lens(18-55mm). The system is in Auto mode, AF-A, single frame and the lens A-M switch is on ...
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Nikon d3100 edited images not saved on SD card

I'm just a beginner as my husband has just bought me my first quality camera so please bear with me. I have taken photos today at my sons nativity play and we were quite far away so I "trimmed" the ...
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Nikkor f/1.8G 35mm or 50mm?

I'm new to photography. I got a Nikon D3100 with the 18-55 kit lens. I was looking to buy a f/1.8 prime lens, and I found two options: AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G How ...
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What should I buy? (new body vs. lens) [duplicate]

Right now I have a Nikon D3100, a Sigma 50mm f1.4 (older version). Right now I have almost 1300$. What do you think I should buy? I'm hesitating between the Nikon D7100 or buying a Sigma 35mm f1.4 ...
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Where to buy a D3100 [closed]

My wife has her heart set on the Nikon D3100, so I'm researching the best place to buy it, as well as what I should get with it. Amazon.com has the camera for $631.18, which is the best price I've ...
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How should I handle auto focus on a moving train

I have a Nikon D3100 with Nikor 55-300mm lens. I do railway photography and especially when light is less than optimal, the camera's auto focus has hard time latching onto an oncoming train. (I take ...
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Why isn't Windows 8 detecting my Nikon D3100?

I have a Windows 8 PC and my Nikon D3100 isn't showing up on it. It says USB device not recognized. I have updated the USB drivers, but no joy. Sadly, i don't have the disc that came with it.
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Will any of my old Nikon gear be compatible with a D3100?

I have an old Nikon F801 35mm film camera with a Nikon SB-24 flash gun a AF Nikkor 70-210 mm 1:3.3-4-5 & a AF Nikkor 35-70mm 1:3.3-4.5 I am thinking of buying a new set up the Nikon D3100 with ...
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Dust particles seen through viewfider

I have a very interesting thing happening with my Nikon D3100. When I look through the view finder I can see very prominent dust particles all over the frame. I know it is not dust on the sensor ...
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My laptop doesn't show Sd card, the camera says that it needs to be formated [closed]

I have a problem with my SD card, a week ago I replaced my SP Silicon power 16GB 10th generation card with another card, when I put it beck into the camera, it said that card needs to be reformatted, ...
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Nikon D3100 stuck on Auto Flash

Whenever I turn my camera on it goes on Auto Flash unless it's in the no flash mode. The flash pops up automatically and when I close it and put it in a different mode it pops up again. I need to hit ...
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Lens/equipment recommendations for cloud photography

I have a Nikon D3100 (with kit lens) and wonder what I could do to improve my feeble attempts at cloud photography. I read a little about polarizing filters and ordered some. (in the mail at this time ...
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How can I get a trusted hash for a Nikon D3100 firmware update file?

I want to update the camera software - does anyone know where I can get the hash of a D3100_0102.bin file? I just want to be sure it hasn't been tampered with, download and unzipping were ok etc. I ...
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Moon photography [duplicate]

Hi I am a photography hoobyist. At the moment I am using a Nikon D3100 with the standard kit lens (18-55mm). I am interested in taking photos of the moon. I am debating whether to buy a 55-200mm lens ...
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What can I do if autofocus does not work but manual focus does?

Recently, the autofocus on my Nikon D3100 stopped working. The ring of the lens wouldn't even turn when I tried to focus. However, when switched to manual focus, the camera works fine. When I used a ...
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Is there a battery grip for the Nikon D3100 which uses standard batteries?

I'm not happy that my DSLR (Nikon D3100) takes expensive, non standard batteries. What I'm surprised about is that there seem to be very few battery grips on the market that use standard battery ...
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Vivitar 2800 on Nikon D3100

Recently I've got this flash, and after researching about it and Nikon's hotshoe voltage, one doubt has appeared. In the manual of several cameras, it's written that the maximum voltage of the hotshoe ...
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Will the Nikon D3100 autofocus with the 50mm f/1.8D lens?

I have the Nikon D3100 and was wondering if the autofocus on the Nikon 50mm f/1.8D lens would work with it. I've read that the AF is not compatible with the D5000, and that the AF is rather slow in ...
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Use Nikon D3100 in snow [duplicate]

I am not a professional photographer and use a base SLR camera (Nikon D3100 with the default 18-55mm lens) I am planning to visit Switzerland (Mt. Titlis) this month end (i.e. Jan) and expect the ...
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Can I make a Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4D auto focus on a Nikon D3100?

I just got a new lens - the Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4D - and I'm using it on my Nikon D3100 Camera. is there a way to get the lens to auto focus? my other lens has a switch right on the lens to ...
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How to stop images coming out in black and white in any manual or semi manual modes on my Nikon DSLR?

I have a Nikon D3100, and whatever exposure levels I try all the images come out in black and white if I'm using manual or any other mode except for the auto modes. What could be causing this?
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D3100 vs D3200 Image Quality both set to 12MP [duplicate]

Both D3100 AND D3200 have similar, almost identical, sensors. Which is going to give the best image quality if I set them both to, for example, 12MP? I also also placed the pixel sizes below. D3100 - ...
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Does pixel size make a difference in image quality? [duplicate]

I am thinking of purchasing the Nikon D3200 its a 24.2MP camera but the pixel size is 14.8 µm² compared to the D3100 which is 14MP and a pixel size of 25.1 µm². Is this something that i should worry ...
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How can I use the built-in flash with a legacy prime on a Nikon D3100?

I purchased an older 50mm prime lens to use on my Nikon D3100. I know it will not meter or focus (and I can handle manual focus and exposure etc.) but I cannot get it to fire the on-camera flash. Any ...
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My Auto focus stopped working on my Nikon D3100 but works on my D50

I've checked the Auto Focus button and when I push down the button you can here the lens act like it wants to focus, but nothing. When I switch the lens to my D50 the Auto focus works fine. What am I ...
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Nikon D3100 & Strange lines

I have an issue with my Nikon D3100: Some of the shots show lines over the long edge. At first I thought it was only happening when using the Sigma 70-200, but after some thorough testing it appears ...
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My pictures will not transfer from my Nikon D3200 to my Macbook. It has done it in the past but does not do it now. Do I need a software up date?

I can not get pictures to transfer from my Nikon D3200 to my Mac Book. It has been done in the past but will not work now. Do I need a software up-date?
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To buy 50mm or 35mm prime lens [duplicate]

I have a Nikon D3100 with 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses. I am planning to buy 50mm f1.8G lens for which I've checked reviews and they were pretty great. I came in here and browsed through other similar ...
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Should I buy the Nikon D3100 or the D5100 for family pictures? [closed]

I'm currently looking to buy a new SLR camera, I've been doing some research on the internet a loved the reviews and price of the Nikon D3100. However after reading a fair few more reviews I noticed ...
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My D3100 takes longer exposure shots instead of using the flash

Both the camera and the Flash are in AUTO, so in low light it should make the flash pop up, but it does not. Instead it just seems to take a shot with longer exposure, making the photo appear with ...
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Is it possible to turn off continuous autofocus on Nikon D3100?

nikon D3100. can the continuous autofocus (on video) be turned off so that it operates similar to the cannon 500d? this is mainly to shut down the noise from the autofocus which i read in earlier ...
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Best all round zoom lens for D3100?

New to DSLR photography and would like some advice. What would be a good all round lens for the Nikon D3100? I have got the 18-55 one from the kit, any recommendations? Also are there any other items ...
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Wide angle lenses for cheap bodies around 500USD [closed]

I own a basic nikon d3100 camera. Want to buy a wide angle lens which can auto focus on my camera. Any suggestions??? Focal Length should be from 10mm.
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Which aperture is the sharpest in the lens that come with Nikon d3100?

Wich aperture is the sharpest in the lens that come with Nikon d3100? I'm new to photograpy and I read about the "sharpest aperture" property that lenses have, but I read it changes depending on the ...
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Can the Nikon WU-1a Wireless Remote be made to work with the D3100?

The mobile app integrated WU-1a sounds perfect for my needs - anyone aware of firmware upgrades or other avenues that would allow use with the D3100? I am not equipped/inclined to pursue serious ...