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Why is Live View so noisy and unlike mirrorless shooting?

On a DSLR, when you use the viewfinder, the mirror is lowered, and a secondary mirror reflects some of the light to phase-based AF and exposure sensors at the bottom of the camera. These are accurate ...
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Focusing issue with kit lens

Your lens is not parfocal. If you had a parfocal lens, you would know it. Mainly because the prices of true parfocal zoom lenses ($10K and up) mean only those who really need them and know why they ...
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How to take a picture by looking to the display of the Nikon D5100 instead of looking through the viewfinder eyepiece?

In your D5100, "Live View" mode is activated by trigerring the 'Lv' switch next to the Mode selection dial (right under the 'Info' button). However, this information is covered in the manual of your ...
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Why is Live View so noisy and unlike mirrorless shooting?

It's because on a (Nikon) DSLR, live view is part of the video stream with rolling shutter. This stream is usually not in a raw format and is typically reduced resolution. Some Nikon's have a "silent ...
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How to get autofocus to work with D5100 and AF-P DX Nikkor

No, there is nothing you can do. Nikon's AF-P lenses do not work with the D5100. At the time of release of the first AF-P lenses (the 18–55mm, both with and without VR), the only cameras that ...
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Why is Live View so noisy and unlike mirrorless shooting?

Because in the Nikon D3x00 and D5x00 series, as well as many previous entry level Nikon DSLRS and pretty much all Nikon 35mm film SLRs, the same mechanical motion actuates the mirror assembly and the ...
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Pictures turned up black, as if I took the photos with the cap on

Note in your examples that images at row 4, columns 5, 6 & 7 and row 7, columns 7, 8, 9 &10 have a faint "white" bar at the top of the image. Increasing the brightness and or gamma on the ...
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As an inexperienced user, how can I best take action photographs with a DSLR and consumer superzoom?

The biggest handicap you're going to have to deal with when using that lens for sports is the relative narrow maximum aperture. At the longest focal length, which you're going to be using most often, ...
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What is wrong with the picture i took ?

Sorry to sound harsh, but these are the immediate problems that jump out at me The Highlights are blown The shadows are too dark The building is leaning on the left The building is not lit from all ...
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Why am I required to input the date and time on D5100 after charging the battery?

The Nikon D5100 uses a rechargeable internal clock battery. It should have enough charge to give you 3 months to charge the main battery. A main battery that is almost completely empty, should also ...
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Using a manual lens on D5100

1) I don't think that AI versus AI-S matters, as far as lens compatibility goes. The S was an extra mechanical feature that was developed just before electronic communication between lens and body was ...
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Why does my rear LCD display change its orientation upside down automatically and continuously?

This is most likely a faulty orientation sensor. This is the sensor that supplies orientation information for the camera to record and write inside each photo's metadata. It's expected that playback ...
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Why am I required to input the date and time on D5100 after charging the battery?

Most cameras have a capacitor or internal battery that keeps the clock and settings active while the battery is being changed. If the camera is left with a dead battery for a very long time, the ...
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What causes this black line across the edge of my photos?

Likely your shutter curtain that doesn't make a full travel. Your camera needs to be serviced.
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As an inexperienced user, how can I best take action photographs with a DSLR and consumer superzoom?

This is going to be generally hard. I'd suggest: Get as close as possible. 200mm on a "DX" camera isn't peanuts, but it won't bring you right to the action from a distance. Use the camera's "sports" ...
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D5100 blocked in "Lock mirror up for cleaning" state

I once encountered a D50 that had managed to get the mirror stuck in the up position. The mirror had gotten just skewed enough to hang on the side of the light box. It was a very delicate task to get ...
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Pictures turned up black, as if I took the photos with the cap on

If you use flash, the flash has a speed number. Most are good up to 200th of a second. If you try to go faster with your exposure, you will get pictures that at least have part of the frame black. At ...
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My Nikon D5100 DSLR wont autofocus by itself

No. You are asking for it to keep trying auto focus all the time it is turned on... All the time you're carrying it around your neck without even aiming it. That would be hard on the battery. :) It ...
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I have a Nikon D5100. What lenses would be good for landscape and night photography?

Without more information specifically about how you envision "landscape" or "night" photography, no one can really give you a specific recommendation without relying on assumptions or their own ...
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How to take a picture by looking to the display of the Nikon D5100 instead of looking through the viewfinder eyepiece?

The feature you are looking for is called "Live View". On this camera (and similar ones from Nikon), this is activated by a switch next to the mode dial on top of the camera.
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Nikon D5100 image numbering restarting after DSC_1000

Info: I did not erase the card between the shots so even though I had the "File Number Sequence" setting turned off this should not have caused the problem. I think you need the "File Number Sequence"...
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What is wrong with the picture i took ?

With a tripod I would probably set the iso at base iso. Set the aperture to 7-8 or perhaps higher. Then adjust the time until the exposure is correct. This should give you a good depth of field, ...
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Why am I required to input the date and time on D5100 after charging the battery?

There is usually an internal battery/capacitor that helps maintain small bits of information like date time and location. Most likely this battery is dead and causing you to re-enter the information. ...
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Nikon D5100: How to keep Continuous shooting on between shots

According to the D5100 user manual, p. 216, Release mode under the Shooting Menu should stay set, if you're in Program Mode, or in any of A, S, or M modes. However, as you're experiencing, it appears ...
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What should I do when autofocus doesn't work on a Nikon D5100 and 18–55mm kit lens?

You should check that the contacts are clean. These transmit power and control information from the camera body to the lens. I suspect that there's something interfering on either the lens or body ...
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I dropped my Nikon D5100 and the mirror was stuck

So you're close but no cigar on getting the mirror back in position. It's not seating all the way back down to where it should in the "down" position, so when you take a shot through the viewfinder, ...
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What could cause a Nikon D5100 to take completely black pictures?

F-- means that the camera is not able to talk to the lens. Your lens obviously supports communication with the camera, so the first thing to try would be simply removing the lens and then mounting it ...
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Can I sync a Norman strobe pack with a Nikon D5100 with something that goes on the hot shoe?

You need a hotshoe-to-PC sync adaptor on your hotshoe and a PC to 1/4" sync cord (or a cheaper generic) to run from the adapter on your hotshoe to the Norman Power Pack. The cords are available in ...
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Nikon D5100 - lost or missing images on memory card

This is likely to be more diagnosis than recovery, I'm afraid. First, if you haven't already, make sure you have copies of everything you can already see on the card, this process is destructive. ...
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I have a Nikon D5100. What lenses would be good for landscape and night photography?

There are really two questions in one: landscape, and night photography. For landscape, you probably want a wide angle, and most likely a zoom (as opposed to fixed focal length, aka prime lens) ...
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