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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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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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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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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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Anything you are viewing on the screen is not raw data. Raw image data are linear monochrome luminance values and nothing else. Anything that shows more than one color is the result of the application you are using to view the image translating the raw luminance values into gamma corrected light curves and demosaicing applied to create interpolated colors ...


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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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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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To confirm ben rudgers' analysis, I took the NEF file you supplied and ran it through RawTherapee. Here's an enlargement of a similar crop with no adjustments and the default "amaze" demosaicing algorithm: Here's the same with "DCB" algorithm: And here's the same with the "VNG4" algorithm, which is known to be resistant to green-crosstalk, but a little ...


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Your camera has not been damaged at all. The battery is not heavy and 20cm is not a great height. Moreover it seems that you are unable to find any fault with the camera. I have dropped my camera 3-4 times. It has some scratches but it is in perfect working order. If you know it hit the button, as long as the button is still functioning, there is not much ...


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You'll also lose the dual card slot, if that's important to you. The D800 and D600 have it, but the D700 did not. If you want full frame, then it's certainly not a bad upgrade to go from a D7000 to a D700. Along with FX, you do get better AF and build quality. You talk about the coverage at wide-angle. True you don't have the crop factor, but there is a ...


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Based on the description from your lens, it appears your lens has what is known as FTM or full time manual focus. In an automatic focus lens, there has to be a link between a motor and the focus element. In cheaper lenses, the connection is left all the time and trying to manually turn the ring while in auto focus can and will damage the gears or the motor ...


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In Nikon DLSRs, including the D7000, there is image-processing software that removes noise and hot pixels, and this software has come to be known as "the star eater" because it interprets isolated bright pixels as noise and removes them or averages them into the background. Isolated bright pixels, of course, are kind of what you want to see when you're ...


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This question is only relevant if you have a camera without a built-in AF motor in the camera, like the D3300. In this case, you would need an AF-S lens that has a motor in the lens itself. In your case, the D7000 does have a built-in AF motor. This means any AF lens, whether or not it has a motor in the lens itself, will autofocus.


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Yes. Send it to Nikon Factory Service and let them repair it. If the dial is broken the only place you can get replacement parts is to send it to Nikon and let them repair it. Nikon no longer sells parts to third party repairers, other than a few external parts. I highly doubt you will be able to obtain a replacement part anywhere other than Nikon factory ...


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Most dSLRS use focal plane shutters with two curtains. The first curtain "opens" the shutter, and the second one "closes" it. The size of the gap between the two shutters determines the shutter speed. The smaller the gap, the faster your shutter speed. When you reach your maximum sync speed (usually around 1/200s, for most cameras), that's the fastest ...


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Having said that too, doesn't mean that it hasn't been tested. They'll have test jigs to test only the shutter. They calibrate the mirror box and various other things. It also isn't unlikely that the mainboards are flashed with firmware and a factory reset before assembly while a select few are tested with jigs too. The reason they mention that is ...


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The phrase you want to google for is "tethering" It can be wired or wireless. The cheapest solution is wired, you just plug in a USB cable (if your camera has a USB port, all Canon's do, so I assume Nikons do as well) between the camera and your laptop. Check the CD that came with your camera, there is probably a tethering utility on it. I know there is on ...


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There are two issues that are probably affecting your results. Your lens is fairly weak in both areas. Auto Focus speed and accuracy Camera and/or subject movement The size of a lens' maximum aperture affects the camera's Auto Focus performance. Not only because the AF system has more light to work with when using a lens with a wider aperture, but also ...


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Well I was trying to shoot outside on a bright sunny day. I was totally relying on the meter The meter is for manual mode. Ignore it if you're in shutter or aperture priority. It may blink Lo at you if it thinks it's too dark, or pop up the flash, but just give it a try and see what you get. You were probably fine to shoot Sunny 16 Rule says on a ...


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D7000 Manual (p99) clearly states that having the lens on "M" while having the body on "AF" can cause damage to the camera. It does not say in what order the switches should be set so the safest procedure might be to turn the camera to the "off" position while setting the two switches.


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If it is like most DSLRs, depending on which release mode you have set, you may still need to press the shutter button for each exposure. What Auto Bracketing does is automatically shifts the exposure for several successive frames. Most cameras will bracket for three exposures. The default pattern for most cameras is 0, -, + but you can customize it in some ...


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After enabling the Auto Exposure Bracket feature, specifying the three exposure range you mentioned, use the "Interval timer shooting" option, selecting to shoot x3 photos at 1 second interval. Interval timer is located in the root level of the Shooting Menu. Select Interval timer shooting menu option and press right arrow Choose either "Now" as start time ...


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The D7100 and D7000 are nearly identical. You get higher resolution and built-in HDR is the major difference. You get a few more AF points but if you shoot mainly architecture and landscapes, they will make no difference. HDR you can do yourself since the D7000 also does bracketing. The extra resolution only makes a difference for large prints. If you print ...


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Nikons have a reputation of coming from the factory with a little too much oil on the shutter mechanisms. Some of the excess oil eventually finds its way onto the sensor. What you are seeing in your photos is the shadow of the oil (and the dust stuck to it) on your sensor. You will probably have to go through several cycles of cleaning your sensor before the ...


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Yes, different lenses can definitely have different focus speeds. When focusing, a specific group of elements are typically moved. The size and weight of a group of elements varies with a given lens formula. When focusing a small prime with only a few elements/groups, the AF motor isn't going to have to move much weight. Zoom lenses almost always have more ...


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