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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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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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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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Using flash with Aperture Priority or Shutter Priority gives me a white image - why?

When using the built in flash with Aperture Priority or Shutter Priority selected, I am getting a completely overexposed (white) image. Now my understanding of AP and SP modes is that the camera ...
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How do I prevent a Nikon D3100 from resetting the file image numbering each time?

I have a Nikon D3100. When I unload the pictures from the camera to the computer, the numbering of the file names goes back to zero. Sometimes, when they are still about the same event, I would ...
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When should I turn on the rangefinder of the D3100?

There is a "set rangefinder on" kind of option in D3100. Are there any special cases when I "should" set the rangefinder on?
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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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Nikkor f/1.8G 35mm or 50mm?

I'm new to photography. I got Nikon D3100 with 18-55 KIT. I was looking to buy 1.8f prime lens. I found two options. AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G and AF-S DX NIKKOR 55mm f/1.8G Which one you guys ...
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Why am I getting a slow shutter speed with Child mode on Nikon D3100?

I am just starting out with my Nikon D3100 and taking pictures of my kids who never seem to sit still. I thought that Child mode would be the most appropriate mode to do this with but I seem to be ...
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Can I get faster and cheaper results by buying the Sandisk Extreme, not the newer Pro?

I have the relatively new Nikon D3100. But as far as I can tell, it doesn't support the new UHS-1 transfer standard that the ($75/16GB) Sandisk Extreme Pro uses to get its 45MB/s rate. In fact, I've ...
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Nikon 18-200mm lens work with either of these d90, d3100 or d5000?

I am new to DSLR cameras and i have been doing some research on them from last few days and then i wanted to go for one of these model bodies: D90, D5000 or D3100 and i want to purchase the following ...
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Why does my Nikon D3100 no longer auto-focus correctly?

I bought my camera on January 2011. Since a few months ago, I'm facing a problem with the autofocus. It happens with my two lenses 18/55mm and 55/200mm. I noticed that the focus light doesn't turn on ...
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Should my Nikon D3100 adjust settings to allow for use of flash in AP or SP mode

When I'm shooting with the onboard flash in low light conditions, I observe the exposure preview settings between no flash and the flash popped up - there appears to be little or no difference between ...
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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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Upgrade from D3100 to D90

I have had a Nikon D3100 for some time and I think that it's time to upgrade :) I have looked at Nikon DSLRs (because I have Nikon lenses) and I need help. Firstly I thought about D5100, but it ...
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What lenses should a college photography club buy to go with an entry-level Nikon body?

We have a photography club in our college and I am the secy. Finally we got some budget approved and we are planning to buy some stuff for our club. I am thinking of buying a Nikon D3100 body. For ...
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Why can't my Adobe Photoshop CS5 read RAW photos saved in .NEF from my new camera?

My Nikon D3100 photos are not coming up on photoshop why I try to edit them. What should I do?
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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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What would be an inexpensive lens for wedding photography?

I am a pretty new "photographer" and will be shooting a couple weddings in the near future. I am currently using a Nikon D3100 and have the 18-55mm kit lens as well as the 50mm 1.8G. I am looking to ...
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How to clean the focusing system?

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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Why do images taken with a Nikon D3100 get cut off?

I just received my Nikon D3100 and for the first few photos it worked beautifully, but now when I take photos it only shows approximately the top 3mm. I put on both lenses and removed the caps but ...
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Are there solutions to limitations on using back-button AF on Nikon D3100?

I have started to use my D3100 with my AE/AF-L button set to AF. So in other words I use this button instead of the half press shutter button to AF. I'm new to this technique and came across it here ...
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Will a Sigma UC lens mount to a Nikon D3100?

Can my Sigma UC zoom be used on my Nikon D3100? It's a 70-210 4-5.6
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Why does the D3100 mirror flip in live view?

Reading around everywhere, some people say the D3100 flips the mirror down and up before opening the shutter again when using live-view, and other people says it doesn't (which would be preferable as ...
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Beginner lens decision [duplicate]

I'm about to buy a Nikon D3100 and can't decide which kit lens I should pick. On the one hand there is the standard AF-S 18-55mm VR lens and on the other hand the AF-S 18-105mm VR. A bit more zoom ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Why does my Nikon D3100 no longer auto-focus via the viewfinder?

My Nikon D3100 out of the blue cannot focus correctly. It seem the that the focus motor always stops at the end of the run (Infinity) and cannot lock on the target, thus cannot release the shutter. I ...
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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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Setting custom picture control in Nikon D3100 DSLR?

How to create custom picture control in Nikon d3100 dslr's? I have tried with my Nikon 3100 without success, I don't know how to do it.
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Why won't my D3100 won't 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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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 use Nikon D3100 at -9°C? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What should I consider when using DSLRs in cold weather? I am visiting China and where the temperature is @ -9 degree Celsius. How can I use my Nikon D3100 DSLR over ...
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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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Is my Nikon D3100 a better camera than my friend's D300?

Within the Nikon D range of cameras, which would you say is a better camera? The Nikon D300 or the Nikon D3100? I am new to photography, and have the D3100 and a friend of mine has the D300 and she's ...
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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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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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Should I choose a Canon 500D or Nikon D3100 for short video? [closed]

I need a camera mostly for shooting short videos. Which one is better for this? I know that the 500D does 1080 at 20fps, but would it make that much of a difference from the 24p in the D3100?
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As a beginner would I be better suited to a Nikon D3100 or Canon EOS 550D?

I am very new to this and wondering if I would even notice a difference between a Nikon D3100 and Canon EOS 550D using the standard 18-55mm lens? The differences I can see are: The Cannon is roughly ...
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Nikon D3100's performance in low light

I am looking to purchase a Nikon D3100 as I'm very much a novice and wish to wield a camera that has manual focus and performs well in low light, which leads me to my question: Does the Nikon D3100 ...
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Is it normal for the LCD screen of D3100 to sometimes show moving horizontal lines?

Yesterday I noticed horizontal upwards moving lines on the LCD screen on the D3100 when I was using live view. It doesn't happen always, is this normal?
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What lens for my Nikon D3100 will provide great bokeh and keep up with fast-moving kids?

I have a Nikon D3100. I'm trying to buy a lens that will mainly take outside pictures of kids with great bokeh. I can't decide between 35, 50, or 85mm. I'm worried about autofocus as well. With ...
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Set the AutoNumbering on Nikon Digital SLRs?

I just bought a Nikon D3100 to replace my D50. I have several thousand pictures numbered DSC_XXXX.jpg from the D50. The D3100 has started over from Zero. How do I seed the autonumbers for the files ...
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How to fix lens “stuck” on Nikon D3100?

My younger sister has a Nikon d3100. Now she asks me if I can help her fix it. She uses the lens that came with the d3100 kit, and for some reason it's completely stuck. She claims that it's been that ...
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Korean PDF Manual for the Nikon D3100?

Where can I download the Korean PDF Manual for the Nikon D3100? I was able to get the English manual, no problem. My wife is Korean and the D3100 is a beast to beginners like us! We tried looking on ...
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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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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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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 ...