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Old 2012-11-08, 12:17pm
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I got a Nikon D 5100.
So far I love it. I know some people here have them so what's the best thing or things I should do to get used to this. And what's the best second lens to save for, it came with the 18-55.
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Old 2012-11-08, 5:05pm
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PPP, Katie! I'm a Nikon girl and I love my camera. If you don't already know the theory of aperture, shutter speed, and what effects changing them have on your photos, learn that. From there, it's just a matter of learning where all your buttons are, etc. and that's a ppp until they are automatic.

I have lots of photography books and this is my fave for all the basics and good tips: http://shop.nationalgeographic.com/n...to-photography

There are a million places on line you can learn that stuff too.

Lens I can't live without - my Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR. I drooled over that one for about 6 years before I bought, though! For beads, I wish I had a macro lens. Best tip - buy the best lenses you can afford. It makes all the difference. Every time I cheaped out on a lens, I ended up selling it for a loss and upgrading.

I love this site and always check his reviews before I ever buy a lens: http://www.kenrockwell.com/index.htm
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Old 2012-11-09, 7:02am
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Ooh, great info, thanks.
I had access to a Nikon way back and loved it so I was learning the theory but it's not totally ingrained yet for me. And I'm having fun figuring out all the buttons. No matter how much I read the manual I still have to play with the camera and kind of learn muscle memory of which buttons are where.
I'll check out those links too, thanks.
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