Nikon D5300 - Anyone owns one?

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  1. tsutton

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    Is anyone here an owner of Nikon D5300?

    Is it a good camera for a newbie like me?

    Pros & cons from this camera? (Yes, I have read the reviews, but I'm looking for REAL LIFE usage)

    Thanks!
     
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    I can't specifically answer your question but until someone comes along who can I'll offer you my opinion.

    I recently bought a D5100 as my first DSLR (I previously used a bridge) and really like it. I'm still a complete novice but am starting to get my head around the exposure triangle etc after reading "Understanding Exposure" and find the camera comfortable and easy enough to handle. As you're a newbie to it might be worth looking at the D5100 as I'm not sure that the extra mega pixels and ISO are necessary for you and you could save about £300 which could be put towards some decent lenses etc.

    I'd also go and have a play with any camera that you do want to see if you're happy with the interface and size.


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    Thanks for the reply. The main reason why I wanted the D5300 because I plan to keep it as long as I can.

    if I buy the cheaper model and really enjoyed it, I would have to save up again to get the best model, which is something I don't want to do - know what I am saying?

    I'm planning to visit the local WEX Photographic showroom to have a play with it before buying.
     
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    Went to the WEX Photographic showroom over the weekend and played with a few cameras - seems the D5300 suits me very well for my requirements. So it looks like I will go with that.

    Thanks for the replies.
     
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    If this is the case why not consider the D7100 if it's within budget, or even consider a 2nd hand one?

    Nikon D5300 vs D7100 - Our Analysis
     
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    I did consider the D7100, but...

    1) it's way over my budget
    2) Slow shutter lag
    3) It's too heavy for my wife to use (479g vs 765g)

    I went with the D5300 mainly because of:

    1) Better maximum light sensitivity
    2) Lower noise at high ISO
    3) GPS & WiFi
    4) Flip-out screen (I do lots of high & low shooting so this helps a LOT)

    Will be getting the camera tomorrow - can't wait. :D
     
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    Sounds like you've thought it through a lot and made the right choice for you, which is what's important. Enjoy, and don't forget to post some pics in the photo section :)
     
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    Yeah, I have been researching since last October! :D Went from about 10-12 different DSLR before narrowing down to the D5300.

    I'll be sure to remember to post some pics, might need to sign up to Flickr!
     
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    Definitely. Flickr's a great picture hosting site imo.
     
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    Have uploaded a few photos to my 'Playground' set on Flickr

    Playground - a set on Flickr

    Nowt to get too excited about these photos since it's my first time of handling the camera and set it as 'Auto'.

    I plan to go out this afternoon with my camera and see what I can take photos of. :)
     
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    Everyone's got to start somewhere, my first shots with a DSLR were beyond abysmal. Some would say they're not much better now ;)

    Quick thing, when shooting animals and people is generally preferable to focus on the eyes. If the eyes are in focus other features can be slightly out of focus and you can get away with it, especially with shallow DOF.

    In my opinion, the sooner you can get away from shooting in Auto the better. Auto will only give you great shots once in a blue moon imo.

    A few good links to get you started.

    New to photography? Read this. | AVForums
    Understanding ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture - A Beginner's Guide
    Understanding Shutter Speed - A Beginner's Guide
    Understanding Aperture - A Beginner's Guide
    Understanding ISO - A Beginner's Guide
    Understanding Depth of Field in Photography
    Understanding Camera Metering and Exposure
    Understanding Digital Camera Histograms: Tones and Contrast

    Also, this book is great. Goes over much of the above topics, but is great for reference and it's written in a very nice easy to read style.
    Understanding Exposure, 3rd Edition: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera: Amazon.co.uk: Bryan Peterson: Books
     
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    Be interested to hear your thoughts on the D5300 - been looking at it myself primarily for the GPS & wifi to be honest, which meant my shortlist of cameras was very short!
     
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    What's lens kit do you have as those pics look very soft

    Hope you are enjoying the new camera nice bit of kit
     
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    I think a lot of the softness is down to user error, no offence ;)
     

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