The wait is finally over...I'm proud to finally announce (after many months) my 1st ever Cheat Cards for the Nikon D5100
If you've ever been in a situation and wondered which settings to use with your camera, these nifty little cheat sheets will tell you exactly which settings I would start with.
My settings are specific to the Nikon D5100 and select Nikon lenses. This allows me to provide very detailed settings which will improve your odds of capturing a keeper.
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For this first pack, I created 17 Cheat Cards specifically for the D5100 and the Nikon 18-55mm kit lens combo. In the next few weeks, I'll be rolling out additional packs for other popular Nikon lenses mounted to the D5100.
In case you're wondering, these Cheat Cards can be printed at home or viewed digitally on an iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire or desktop computer. If you have more questions, check out the F.A.Q
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I purchased your cheat sheet cards, and while out I attempted a few different settings. With each one, my pictures just came out super white and I could barely see the true image. My white balance settings are already on auto, so I'm not sure what the issue is. I had to resort back to Auto for what I was trying to accomplish since I was capturing something that I had no second chances.
As for recommended lenses, the 55-300mm VR will give you an effective focal range of 82mm-450mm when mounted to your D5100. I personally use this lens and love it. It's probably one of my most used lenses. It's great for birding, if that's what you're interested in capturing. All the best!
The VRII on the 55-300mm lens is quite effective, though Nikon's estimate of 4 stops improvement is a bit optimistic. The apertures of the lenses are similar, so I'd suggest that you use somewhat higher shutter speeds than the cheat sheets suggest. They're pretty conservative, so you may find you do all right, but you will likely have more bad shots to erase. The faster the better if you can afford it.
Of course, any time you see 55mm suggested, you can't do that. You'll have to settle for 75mm, and there will be some differences in framing and distance as a result. The longer the focal length, the faster you need the shutter to be. So in intimate settings where the cards call for a relatively slow shutter speed with VR on as you track a moving subject, you'll have a challenge. Focusing will be hurried and you may also need a faster shutter speed.
Situations where you can turn off the VR (e.g. panning and tripod work) will be easier to duplicate, if you can focus fast enough.
If you have focusing troubles you may have to change your approach altogether. On Auto ISO in S mode the aperture is allowed to go to maximum with the shallowest depth of field. For less finicky focus you will want it stopped down a bit. One approach might be to set both aperture and shutter speed in M mode and leave auto ISO on. Auto ISO will raise ISO if your setting threatens underexposure, the likeliest issue here. Find a fairly bright viewpoint and set a shutter speed and aperture you like. Say, 1/1000 and f/8, with ISO starting at 100. If the ISO is somewhere between 200 and 800 you're in pretty good shape for a picture in varying light.
Manual focusing can be a challenge with the small viewing area on a DX format camera. When possible, use Live View to get more accurate focus on stationary subjects. You can gain a little with a magnified eyepiece (the DK-21M), but even then it's less than great. It takes practice.
This is not to say you can't do it. I've used many manual lenses on the D3200 with success, including the old motorless 70-300mm AF-D, but it's not so easy for fast action. The 55-300mm spoils us.
Obviously if this is another brand of AF lens and if it does AF with your rig, then my comments about manual focusing and its difficulties are off base.
I would still be a little cautious about shutter speeds until you know what, if any, vibration reduction the lens has, and how effective it is. That on the 55-300mm is surprisingly good, and though Nikon is coy about it, it seems to be VRII rather than VRI. It's easy to hand hold in circumstances that may not be so easy in other lenses of the same length.
Best to you and yours.
I am currently using the Nikon D5100. I have bought the cheat cards for the Nikon 50mm f/1.8, and they are a great help. I have just bought a Tamaron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD. Which cards would you suggest for this? Maybe next year I'll upgrade my camera body, hence why I have gone full body lens.
In advance, thank you.