I was the whole afternoon at home, experimenting with my new Nikon D7100. After some time I had the basics down. I first had to learn how to mount the lens to the camera, I also did put my UV filter on the lens as protection, and then the lens hood but all that was easy. A much bigger challenge was to attach the strap to the camera but after a while I featured out how it works.
There are a hell of a lot of buttons on the camera. It took me a while to understand some basic buttons but to be honest, I still don’t understand most of them and it will take some time. I learned how to format the SD card through the menu, but then I noticed tons of other entries in the menu that I didn’t want to touch yet. Everything at the proper time.
It was more essential to me to find out how I can take pictures and I also looked through the viewfinder because I was very curious what kind of difference it would make if I change the focal length of the kit lens. My kit lens goes from 18mm to 105mm and I started to prefer to set the lens close to 105mm. That seemed to be very suitable for closer shots of my cat Shyna. As I was inside where it is very boring, she was the only interesting subject and had to serve as model.
My first images looked very blurry but after reading some more pages in the manual, I noticed that I can hold the trigger button and the camera would focus automatically. At least if I have auto focus enabled. Then I learned how to manually focus, that is pretty much fun too and I am sure this will be very handy.
The camera was set to auto mode, so that the camera would decide for all parameters. I didn’t want to try out to set all things manually as I am still new to this. With this mode I started to shoot several photos. I’d say most of the photos were not really great, but I was still practicing. One of the reasons why I wanted to have a DSLR, was the shutter speed and fast focusing, the D7100 works like butter and it is really fun.
That means I have now much more possibilities. You don’t miss anything, with my digital camera it would take time until the shot would happen due to slow focusing, but this is not really a problem with a DSLR. It’s a hell of fun because you can really get the image in the moment you want and you get funny results…
To be honest, I just shot several images while my cat was eating. I wouldn’t say that the image above is super great, but I like that you can freeze the moment due to the fast camera. In this case she munched, which is why you see her tongue twisted in her mouth. Freezing the moment, that is something I really missed when I shot with my point and shoot. Now with the DSLR, I think there will be some funny results in the future.
Another thing, but I have no example uploaded yet, is that the images are in such a high-resolution and even if you crop parts of the image there will be still so much details. As someone who likes to fiddle with Photoshop, that is something I really needed. Even if you zoom deep into the image, there is so much detail and everything is sharp, I love that! I think I should create a Flickr account so that I can save the high-resolution files there, because they are big and I don’t want to fill up the web space of my blog too fast, for my blog I have to resize images but embedding them from Flickr would be a solution.
So, after this day I can say the camera is already fun. I am very interested to learn how to control this camera without auto mode. I don’t regret that I bought the camera, but talking about the 18-105mm kit lens, it’s not really an impressive lens but I was aware about this before I bought the camera kit. I think it is a good lens to practice but I will purchase a prime lens once I understand the camera completely. You don’t really get depth of field with this lens but that is something I really would like. I need a lens that makes good bokeh effects. I am also very interested in a macro lens to make extreme close-up shots of flowers and insects but I will upgrade things over time as all this will cost money. Now I am just happy that I have a camera that I can build up on in the future.