Just Got A Nikon D5100

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    My father got me a Nikon D5100 instead of a Nikon D7000. Never mind. Is there any known issue with the Nikon D5100 and its kit lens 18-55mm? If there is, how to I check it?
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    What kind of issue? I have the d5100 and the kit lens - I haven't had any issues. So do you actually have it yet or are you waiting for it to come?
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    If you read the DPP review of the D5100 they maintain it meters even better than the D7000. It may be bit more entry level but seems to be a great camera. Enjoy
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    Thanks. I have one problem, I don't know how to get the memory card out. :x Pushed and it popped out but I can't pull it out. Should I use more force? I'm worried if I will destroy it.
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    It's on my hands now. Really happy. :D
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    Oh, I just have to pull it a bit harder, thought I was gonna break the memory card while pulling it. Hehe
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    The autofocus with 18-55mm is very slow, feels worse than my 3 years old PnS... It takes 2 seconds for the first picture's focus, if the subject remain the same it will take roughly a second for the next picture. Should I manual focus? Not really good at differentiating the point of focus with such a small viewfinder.
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    Congrats on your new cam
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    I have a D3000 with the same lens, it def does not take 2 seconds... its a kit lens, its not going to be that fast... upgrade to a better lens if its a problem

    seems like u got a free camera, and you're mad its not the more expensive one you wanted so you are complaining about everything. The viewfinder is too small? really?
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    Remeber this too, the more light, the easier it will focus, the less light, the harder/longer/more difficult...
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    Congrats on getting the camera! Yeah the kit lens is slow but it's not that slow. The viewfinder is smaller than the d7000 but i never noticed it until I actually tried the d7000. Manual focus would probably take you longer if you aren't used to it. The kit lens can still take great pictures!
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    I had the D5100 then upgraded to the D7000, the kit lens takes no where near 2 seconds to focus in proper lighting conditions. And the viewfinder is maybe a mm smaller than the D7000, unless you have them side by side you aren't going to see a difference in size. It's definitely brighter though. It sounds like you are just reading reviews online and using that as your leverage for a complaint. The D5100 is a good camera, I just traded it in because I was able to get the D7000 with the kit lens for $100 more. You are being a bit ungrateful and sound a bit spoiled. Appreciate what you have and work with what you got. Instead of trashing it, research how to use it and take pictures.
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    Thanks 2WheelPhoto and everyone else!
    I do like it, I'm just not used to it. I wear spectacles so it's an obstacle for me to see the viewfinder. I seem to prefer the LiveView more. I probably exaggerated the focus speed due to my impatience, but I'm pretty sure it's around 1 second. It keeps rolling front and back when I switch subjects (they aren't even 1 meter from each other). I'm probably spoiled but I definitely am grateful and did not complain everything, or did I? :p Maybe I'm just a bit too serious. I actually preferred D5100 over D7000 for it's value for money (not planning to sell it) before my father bought this for me. I'm just trying to find solutions here. I think my "Never mind" is the cause of all this confusion, it was meant to say I'm okay with it, not grumpy. Back to my question, should I manual focus or autofocus since I have near-sightedness and I'm wearing spectacles?
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    which focus method are you using? center point will be much faster than anything else.
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    Autofocus, and adjust the diopter to your viewing preference.
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    Have you played with the diopter? It's the little tiny wheel next to the view finder. If your eyes aren't that bad you might be able to take them right off and use the viewfinder. Also, I wear contacts so once in a while I do take pictures with my glasses on. It takes a little bit of time.

    Also go in the menu and change the autofocus to af-s and see if that helps. You can just hit the info button and scroll around on the screen that's says the shutter speed and aperture. To the left down towards the middle will be the place to change it to af-a, af-c and af-s.

    Live view isn't bad but it does have a shutter lag and it can cause more shake - at least for me.
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    Sorry - to the right of the screen. I don't have my camera in front of me!
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    One of the first things that I saw in the manual - When operating the viewfinder diopter control with your eye to the viewfinder, care should be taken not to put your finger in your eye accidentally. Lol
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    It's not really bad, but it is like f/5.6 focused 10 cm in front of my eye (if you know what I mean). I was using AF-S. I agree the LiveView do have shutter lag, but I will eventually have shutter lag when taking pictures, so it isn't such a problem, but camera shake is much worse when not using the OV.
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    I think I'll post a few picts for C&C.

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