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A mid-range consumer DSLR from Nikon which was released in 2011.

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Did I make a mistake buying a D5100 to get started with photography?

So I decided to start photography. My aim is simple: take photos of my future travels around the world. I want to take good photos. Well, I made the mistake of buying the gears before even learning ...
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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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How do lens prices compare for Nikon and Canon?

I am about to buy a new DSLR and shortlisted the two models, Nikon D5100 and Canon 550D. I ready to buy the Nikon model(more expensive) but learned that Nikon lenses are much more expensive than Canon ...
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How can I force my D5100's shutter to stay open?

I have a Nikon D5100 and a MC-DC2 remote. I'd like to use the remote to hold the shutter open until I release the button, however I don't see an option for this. Is this something that I can do?
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Are there any alternate eyepieces for people with glasses?

Any recommendations for an alternate DK20 eyepiece for a Nikon D3200 or D5100 that gives a better visual for wearers of glasses? Amazon has many but the reviews are all over the place. My glasses keep ...
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Is there any reason to take 3 RAW/JPG images to get most from HDR?

I'm new to photography and what I've seen so far: ViewNX allow me to change exposure +2/-2 stops in RAW HDR is about larger dynamic range and merging shadow details from overexposed image with ...
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How can I get correct focus on the moon or stars with my DSLR? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to nail focus for DSLR astrophotography? I don't know if D5100 is right camera for this kind of stuff, but I would like to shoot night sky covering moon, stars and ...
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Does the Nikon D5100 have true auto bracketing and how do I use it?

There is a bracketing feature on Nikon D5100 but it does not seem to work as it does on other cameras such as D90. There is also a separate feature called HDR on D51000 and I am guessing Bracketing ...
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How to clean an oily spot from the camera body?

This is very trivial. You are eating some food, you grabbed your camera for some reasons and inadvertently you left an oily finger print on your camera. It should be easy to remove right? But it ...
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Nikon D5100 M Mode (Manual) settings reset for every shot whilst the camera pointing to the same object

I've just noticed that whilst shooting with my D5100 using M mode settings reset after each shot. Say, the camera is on a tripod pointing to an object. I've balanced out the exposure to a 0, aperture ...
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Is the Nikon D5100 really better than the D200?

On a wedding occasion, I learned the photographer was using D200. I have D5100. I quickly jumped in and checked the prices on Amazon (it was 2.5x expensive) and then compared it on snapsort. Now the ...
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How do I keep my Nikon D5100 from attempting to autofocus with every shutter press?

I have a Nikon D5100 and the auto focus works fairly well most of the time. But there are times when I have a subject in focus and want to fire off multiple shots fairly quickly. I do not need to ...
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How do you choose among different 70-300mm lens for Nikon DSLRs?

I have a Nikon D5100 and it's my first dSLR. I've played with the kit lens for a while and now want to explore the zoom category. I've shortlisted these 70-300mm lenses: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor ...
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Is it normal to see a different exposure reading through viewfinder and LCD?

I was playing with my Nikon D5100 yesterday and noticed that the exposure reading through the viewfinder was different to the reading on the LCD. I have never noticed this before. Is this normal? For ...
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Can I use a Nikon 50mm f/2 pre-AI on my Nikon D5100?

Can I use a Nikon 50mm f/2 pre-AI on my Nikon D5100? Will it cause any damage to my camera?
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How to get a smooth gradient on sky?

I wanted to capture this beautiful dawn. The colors came well but the gradient is banded, if you see closely. I know we can post process the image to smooth it out, but I would like to directly ...
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Is there a way to make the Nikon D5100 fire three auto-bracked shots with one press?

I have a Nikon D5100 and I can set it to auto bracket, where I fire 3 shots off and it brackets with ev +2, ev 0, and ev -2. That is okay, but is there a setting so that when I trigger the shutter ...
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Why do cameras put photos in multiple folders on a memory card?

Recently when looking at my memory card I noticed that there were multiple folders on the memory card. The file path looked like this: DCIM/100D5100 DCIM/101D5100 The D5100 is the camera I am ...
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How is the cold resistance of entry level DSLRs?

Next month I am going to North of Sweden for 6 months. So I'm looking for a new SLR-camera to take photos there. I'm not a professional photographer so I decided to buy an entry level SLR camera - the ...
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P-Mode on Nikon D5100: What are some use cases?

I am using D5100 for around 6 months. I have basic ins-n-out understandings of the camera including A/M/S-mode. In, most scenario, i understand what to use. Else, figure it by trial-n-error. But, in ...
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Why are white-lighted areas on my Nikon D5100's LCD blinking continuously?

I bought a Nikon D5100 a few days back, with the 18-55mm kit lens. For past few days it was working fine. But today when I clicked some photos, I noticed that the while viewing the photos on camera ...
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Looking for a good, cheap entry-level telephoto lens for Nikon D5100

I currently own a Nikon D5100 with the 18-55mm kit and am looking for a good, cheap entry-level telephoto lens. I'm a beginner, and plan to do wildlife, nature and landscape photography with an ...
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How can I convert Nikon D5100 .NEF files to .JPG?

I accidentally took some fairly important photos in .NEF (Nikon raw) format instead of my usual .JPG. I tried downloading the ViewNX program to convert the files (as suggested in another posted ...
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Can wireless flash triggers decrease the camera's actual sync speed?

Can wireless flash triggers decrease the camera's actual sync speed? I am using a set of YN-603 triggers to trigger a YN-560II with my D5100, but it looks like when I have it set as 1/200s I get a ...
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How to manually focus Nikon d5100 at very low light conditions?

Suppose I have to short in very low light so I have to set up shoter speed to 10-20 sec. Live view and autofocus doesn't work in this case and view finder give you a little help since it is to dark. ...
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Nikon D5100 Focusing Issue

The issue I have had is where the camera tries to focus and cannot focus. It just zooms in and out constantly and no matter what I do it will not focus and fire. The only way I have found around this ...
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Nikon d5100 memory card capacity for NEF+JPEG(fine)

I just bought my first dslr (Nikon D5100) and I'm looking for an sd card to go with it. I would rather have just one card so I thought about 64GB SanDisk Extreme (45MB/s), however I don't know if I ...
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Are third party battery grips good enough?

I have a Nikon D5200, problem is the body of the cam is very small to my hands. I want to purchase a battery grip, that i suppose will give me more space to grip properly.Nikon does not produce grips ...
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Blurry pictures when zooming in

I have a 3 month old Nikon D5100. The closer I zoom in, the blurrier the picture. This is on auto. I have two lenses and they are both doing this. Any ideas why?
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What is the difference Focus mode and AF-Area mode?

I am using Nikon D5100. To shoot a subject which is: Stationary: we can set AF-area mode to Single Point AF we can set Focus mode to AF-S Moving: we can set AF-area mode to Dynamic-Area AF we can ...
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Is there a typical timeline on which Nikon replaces its DSLRs?

I want to buy a Nikon D5100 as my first DSLR camera. It's almost a year since the D5100 was announced and I would like to know if there is something similar to the mac rumors buyers guide for DSLRs or ...
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Can the camera select wrong exposure just because of color?

I took two pictures of two different flowers with portrait setting. One came perfectly exposed with dark background, the other seems over exposed with brighter background. I tried it again and the ...
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What do I need to trigger 2 external flash units from a D5100?

I'd like to connect 2 Yongnuo i-TTL Speedlite Flash units to a Nikon D5100. I'm fine with a wired connection. I only want to operate the flash units in manual mode. I do not want to use the camera's ...
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Why do I get two JPEG files instead of RAW+JPEG when transfering to my computer from my Nikon D5100?

I have a Nikon D5100 and I want to shoot RAW and JPG at the same time. I select RAW+N (RAW plus Normal Size JPG). Now when I export the shots to my computer I end up with two files called DSC_0123 ...
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Nikon D5100 not getting battery power after being dropped?

My Nikon D5100 hit the pavement when the strap broke. Since then, I have no power. A local camera shop agreed there was no battery power and suggested a new battery. After charging the new one, I ...
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Keeping menu or preview showing for longer on Nikon D5100

My D5100 will constantly put the screen to sleep while I am busy using it. Is there a way to extend the amount of time the menu or preview screens will remain visible before the screen switches off?
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is there any reason to disable VR in Nikon lenses?

Perhaps it is safer to storage/carry lenses with VR disabled or may be with very small shorted speed VR decrease quality of picture.
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Nikon D5100 - how to keep HDR activated after taking a shot?

I am using the HDR function for the first time lately and what I am finding is that after each image is taken the HDR will disable itself. So you have to go back into the menu and enable it again each ...
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F-mount extension tubes suddenly stop attaching to Nikon d5100

I just got a new Nikon d5100. I attached some extension tubes, took some pictures, took off the extensions tubes, took some more pictures. When I tried to re-attach the extension tubes they would not ...
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Mysteriously lost photos on Nikon D5100 after shooting and plugging into iMac

I'm totally perplexed. My 32 gb card was fairly full at over 28. I had just downloaded some images to my iMac. I pulled the card out without ejecting, but I often do that with no issues, as I was only ...
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Is it expected for the Nikon D5100 and Sigma 150-500mm mounting to be very tight?

I have a query regarding the Sigma 150-500 mounting on a Nikon D5100. I have got my Sigma 150-500mm today.... I am feeling that the lens is very tight to mount on my D5100. Is this expected?? I have ...
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Nikon D5100 intermittent focusing problem

I'm having this intermittent problem that the camera does not want to focus in auto-focus. When this happens I try to switch to manual on the lens, (both 300mm, and 55mm) but the toggle button will ...
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How do I connect my Nikon D5100 to a Mac with the Picture Control utility?

When I want to work with "picture control utility", I conect the camera by USB to Mac and select Control Utility, select import pictures, then appear a message telling "use a memory card reader or ...
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What are proper settings to capture sun rise time-lapse?

I am a newbie to SLR world. The infinite settings are now a curse than a boon to me. I would like to shoot sun rise in time lapse mode. The problem is, the photographs taken before sun rise are clear, ...
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Do I need to leave my Nikon camera on for three days to recharge the backup battery?

I have a Nikon D5100, which I bought in 2010. Whenever I turn on the camera, it says that the clock has been reset. I read in the manual that the backup battery needs to get recharged for three days ...
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Why does my Nikon D5100 suddenly have a 30-60 seconds delay before auto focus starts working?

I have a Nikon D5100 with the 18-55 kit lens. It was working fine till a few days ago. The auto focus used to work from the very next second after turning ON the camera. But now the auto focus does ...
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Nikon 300mm autofocus makes noise and stops working temporarily

I have a Nikon D5100 and a used Nikkor 300mm AF-S f/2.8D IF-ED II, where the two usually work great together. However, if I use autofocus a few times in a row (usually when the change in focus ...
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Why am I getting black photos when I use the Manual feature on my Nikon D5100?

I was taking mass photos a few days ago, and I had it set to Manual, when after about four photos, the rest started coming out black. I could see through my eyepiece clearly, it took the photo ...
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What are the advantages of moving from the Canon 550D to Nikon D5100?

What are the advantages of moving from a Canon 550D(Rebel T2i) to Nikon D5100 ? I purchased a Canon 550D a month ago with a 18-55 kit lens, even before I could become a pro, I am getting an ...
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Which is better for a beginner, Nikon D60 or Nikon D5100? [duplicate]

I am a bit confused on what to choose between Nikon D60 and Nikon D5100. Which one is good for a beginner or an entry level photographer? I also see that Nikon D5100 is priced less than Nikon D60 ...