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Stars don't show up voluntarily on a photo. You need to tweak them a bit using photo editing tools on a computer. Best if you use RAW file format, and RAW-processing software to do this. JPEGs can be tweaked to show more stars, but with a lot less working room and result being of lesser quality. The likely JPEG image you get with the exposure settings you ...


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That is normal. The camera doesn't know how many images there is left, as images take up different amount of space depending on how much detail they contain. So the camera displays a guesstimate based on the free space on the card and an average size for images taken with your current settings. If you take images with large areas of sky or other smooth ...


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You certainly knocked the diopter adjustement out of place. It is there to compensate for people who need eye-glasses. With your eye looking through the viewfinder, adjust the knob on the upper right side until you see what is in focus clearly sharp.


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They don't test every unit. It isn't necessary. They test some units. Having a shutter count of zero is perfectly normal and not a concern. I have read anecdotal evidence that people who have owned dozens of DSLR cameras have always received cameras that have a shutter count of zero. I believe it to be few and far between that people receive units that have ...


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You need to set the shutter speed to Bulb, which can only be done in Manual mode (turn the mode dial to M). Once you've done that, and set the camera to use the remote, simply press the remote button once to open the shutter, then again to close it. It's worth noting that there is a 30 second limit on bulb mode when using the Nikon ML3 wireless remote. You ...


13

The limitation has to do with synchronizing the length of the exposure with the length of the flash burst. The flash does not go off immediately...it occurs a fraction of a moment after the shutter has opened, and the burst only lasts a fraction of the time the shutter is open. This is necessary to produce a proper exposure when using a full-powered flash ...


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The problem with the prime 35mm is that in order to frame your shot properly, you'll need good mobility. Which you may not always have in a busy and crowded car show. So I would give one point to the 18-200 for that: It'll let you frame your shots even if you can't get yourself at the exact right position you'd need with the 35. Then, the thing is: it's a ...


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The D7000 has dual card slots. If you mistakenly didn't have a card in either, then you would have been in "demo mode", which is something you can use to look at shots in the camera store to evaluate the camera. Images are stored in-memory, but you cannot download them, only preview them on the LCD. Usually the LCD will display "DEMO MODE" to indicate ...


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The look you are after is dependant on lighting and post processing rather than lenses. You want to shoot with soft but directional lighting so create strong textures within your image, directly sunlight through hazy cloud is good for this. As is the "magic hour". In post you need to blend the colour channels looking for the most contrasty mix. Then its a ...


10

Simple answer to your main question is: The Dynamic-range of the sensors of current digital camera is not yet a match for the dynamic range of human eye's sensor (aka retina). Detailed answer of "how to bring it up" will bring all the techniques on the table. The majors are: Widest possible aperture on lens, if possible f/1.8 or f/1.4 Widest angle: To ...


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I used that 80-200 for quite a few years, and currently use the first iteration of the the 70-200. I think the 80-200 is a steal! It's optically very good, built well, and focuses quickly on a capable body. I don't hesitate to recommend it in the least. (Regarding autofocus: on an N65 and D50 it's not slow to focus, but it's clearly not fast. On an F100, ...


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No, cameras do not exhibit back-focusing issues. Lenses do not either. What exhibits back focusing issues is a particular camera and lens combination. This can happen with any camera that uses Phase-Detect Autofocus which includes all current DSLRs and some SLDs, notably those from Canon, Nikon and most from Sony. High-end cameras like the D7000 have ways ...


8

VR isn't free, it can add hundreds to the cost of a lens, so that is a factor in the price difference. It can also be a real advantage at the long end, though it's less important at the shorter end. However, the real difference in the two lenses is the quality of the glass. The 70-200mm has 7 ED elements versus 3 for the other. The ED elements are high ...


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That count is a conservative estimate of how many pictures you can fit in the remaining space on your card, based on the maximum file size you could see with a JPEG Large. Depending on the image data, your JPEG might end up compressing better, which would mean the count would go down by less than 1 picture.


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There are several issues related to Phase Detection Auto Focus performance. You first must determine what the source of the problem is. It could be caused by one of several factors, or a combination of some or all of them. If you also have the problem when using the Contrast Detection AF in Live View, then the problem is somewhere else. Front/Back focusing. ...


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This kind of fast then slow performance (as you correctly guessed) will be because of the image buffer filling up. Using a faster card will help until you reach the limit of the camera's circuitry - you may have reached this limit. Even if your camera's performance is faster than the SD card. It's quite possible that some of the card's 'bandwidth' is taken ...


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You can use continuous lights to shoot sports in a studio but you're going to have to up the ISO a lot to get a fast enough shutter speed. A better solution however is to use flash. The shortness of the flash duration when using a flashgun that uses trail trimming (where a transistor cuts power after a certain delay when lower power is required (thus giving ...


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The shutter-count is a good start. If you are buying from someone, you can ask to see the receipt. Here at least, photo stores print the serial number on it. That will give you a date of purchase. If buying from a store, call Nikon support and ask if the serial number has been registered for warranty. There is perhaps no foolproof way of removing all doubts ...


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I have a few general comments that might help to either explain what you are seeing or improve this test for the next run: You are really trying to achieve macro like images it seems, and the Nikon 18-105mm VR is not a macro lens. The closest you can get is about 18inches and the maximum magnification ratio of 1:5. For macro you want 1:1. The images on ...


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Set your Nikon D7000 to auto focus using AF-S and select one of the 9 cross-type focus points as the only active point. Set your aperture to the widest (lowest number) your lens will allow. Place the point you have selected over the part of the scene you want to selectively focus. Half-press the shutter button to lock focus on your subject and continue to ...


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Absolutely. There is a great dongle+app, offered by TriggerTrap. I purchased it and I'm super happy with it. If I recall correctly, the app is available for iOS and Android. EDIT: Some of the free app's options are as follows: Simple cable release Press and hold Press and lock Timed release Timelapse TimeWarp (time lapse + acceleration) DistnaceLapse (...


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The 70-200 isn't specifically better for DX cameras than the 80-200 -- it's probably a better lens, and it has AF-S and VR, which are both nice, but there's nothing about it that makes it a better fit for DX cameras. Your friend might be incorrectly assuming that the D7000 has no in-body focus motor (thus requiring AF-S lenses such as the 70-200 for ...


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Check if you have exposure bracketing turned on. That's the only thing I can think of that would cause that. If so, it will cycle through a number of exposures, then back to your original setting, and repeat. There should be a Bkt button on the left side of the front of the body as you look down on the camera (if it's the same as D90). Push that in, then ...


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Nikon D7000 Movie Mode Settings Explained (video) If you have the Manual movie setting ON, the D7000 only allows changing the shutter-speed between 1/30s and 1/8000s.


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Maybe a Nikon expert will come along and given a better answer, but: I can't see any reason to be scared of this lens. Thom Hogan gives it a nice review, with the theme throughout that some of the lens's downsides are hidden from DX users: "DX users won't find a significant flaw, FX users will still be very happy, especially at f/4 and smaller." The concern ...


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First make sure the metal contacts on the card are clean, and reformat the card in the camera using the menu. I assume you've done these things but it doesn't hurt to double check. Since you get the same behavior in both card slots, it seems likely the card is damaged. They are relatively cheap — get a new one, preferably a higher-end name brand. If you ...


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A back-of-camera LCD is not designed, and should not be used, for gauging exposure based on the brightness of the LCD. As noted by Dreamager in a comment, you can adjust the brightness of the LCD and that might better approximate how things look on your computer. Whether or not your computer is displaying an image accurately depends on if it's been ...


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If you want to manually focus, best to set them both to M it tells the body not to try to AF, and also will allow you to take an image even if focus isn't perfect it tells the lens that you are manually focusing, so will allow the focus ring to turn freely pressing the shutter release will not attempt to focus the lens in any way If you want to use AF, set ...


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Well, I've had both and while it is a close call on AF and buttons, but I would give an edge to the D7000. There are more AF-points on the D300S but I could not tell you which is faster, they are both very fast in that respect. The controls is a matter of personal taste but the D7000 is more efficient to me, particularly with Easy ISO enabled. It has an ...


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