Getting to grips with my D3000

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  1. hartz

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    Some random questions if I may, about the settings on this camera...

    1. In one review I see they managed to get diferent sets of information overlaid on the picture (in playback mode). I can't seem to figure out what to press to get to that mode!

    2. Can someone please point me to a guide on the Picture Modes and in-camera sharpening for the Nikon D3000.

    3. I wish I could change more of the button functions... Any tips/hints? I particularly want quicker access to WB and ISO, but also want quick(er) access to Image quality (toturn RAW on/off) and picture mode and noise reduction and ... Currently I've got it set to let me have quick access to ISO.

    4. There doesn't seem to be a special Macro-mode like I'm used to from my compact. The Close-up mode changes the depth-of-field (prefers a larger aperture size?), but not the focus distance range. Is this correct?

    5. What is the point of the ISO sensitivity settings in the Shooting Menu. I can understand giving Auto-ISO a minimum and Maximum, but when having that set, what is the point of ALSO being able to set a sensitivity? I assume the camera will select a value between minimum and maximum regardless of the value selected? How does this affect the ISO setting from the shooting settings screen? Why Can't I adjust the ISO with the settings scroll wheel on that screen (It bothers me that I need to first press OK on the item before I can change its value)

    6. What is the meaning of the P vs P* seen at the top of the display when in P-mode? It changes when turning the settings wheel.

    7. The AE/AF lock button's function can be changed (In the Buttons Menu). It seems the default function on this button is to, when you keep the button pressed after metering and focussing, while composing, hold the Exposure and focus locked. I am used to half-pressing the shutter release button to do exactly that. Is there something more here that I'm not realizing?

    Thank you
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    all of your questions, with the exception of #4, can be answered by READING THE MANUAL.

    for #4, for macro photography on a dSLR, you need a macro lens, or extension tubes.
     
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    I can't answer all your question but I may be able to help with some. I found a site that likes answering questions even tho it's in the manual, try Nikonians :: The Nikon User Community

    Below are a few I knew


     
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    Find the online manual.
    The manual that came with the camera is not complete and I think that is really flugged up of them to do. Unless I misplaced one that came with my camera, they give you like up to page 40 or so in the "manual" that comes in the box, but you can find the complete manual online

    http://nikonusa.com/pdf/manuals/noprint/D3000_ENnoprint.pdf
     
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    I agree - tha manual I received in the box is no better than pressing the HELP button as you go along. I learned more from reviews of the camera than I did from the manual.

    I do believe there may be a full (or more complete?) version of the manual on one of the included CDs - I have not checked that yet, but in any case now downloading the one from the link you provided. Thank you.
     
  6. o hey tyler

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    I'm a Canon user (T1i) and the other day I used my friend's Nikon D5000. I was incredibly confused. I didn't see any clear indication of an ISO button anywhere on the body (I was looking for "ISO" since I remember seeing one on the D1x). And it felt like it were more cumbersome to get through the settings. Another thing I noticed (like you pointed out) is that you can't easily change settings just by selecting a value and rotating the wheel. On my T1i by default I was able to select a value, and then edit it without having to hit "OK" with just rotating the dial.

    Maybe on your camera by default it doesn't allow you to do that, and maybe there's a menu setting somewhere. But if there isn't, it sounds like the accessibility issues you are having could be remedied by selling your gear and buying a Canon setup.

    Or you could try the users manual or something, I don't know.
     
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    On a review I watched, this is how they made the body so affordable. You CAN change ISO and every other setting that more "expensive" cameras have, but you have to go in the menu and change them, there is not a turn dial on the body itself. Doing it this way allowed them to get a great camera out for a more affordable price.

    :)
     
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    You're comparing an $800 camera (T1i) to a $500 entry level camera(d5000). Obviously the d5000 will lack some features.


     
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    o hey tyler Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    You're forgetting that upon their release they had a $50 price difference. I wasn't trying to flatly call Nikon inferior, not in the least. But you're just refusing to acknowledge facts.
     
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    lol well if the Ti has these features on the outside AND was still 500 dollars, then you could compare them, but it isnt. Get the 800 dollar Nikon, and it will have these features on turn dials on the outside.
     
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    I'm just going with the prices that exist now.

    I own a d40x... I can easily control iso, exposure time and aperture using the wheel. I don't have to press ok after changing one of these either. I'm fairly certain the d5000 works in the same way as my camera. According to the op, its lacking a way to control the white balance, noise reduction, image quality and post processing features. I think the t1i allows you to control the white balance as well, but as far as I know you can't change any of the other things. I shoot in raw so white balance is useless to me anyway.
     
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    Did you read my post? I said at launch (roughly the same time) the two cameras had a 50 dollar price difference. That's why I was surprised that the Nikon didn't have the ease of use that I was expecting. That's all I was saying.
     

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