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It should be here tomorrow! Excited to try my hand at photography hobby.

What advice/reading material do you guys have for me?

I have read the beginner's guide and the slightly advanced beginners that is stickyed.


Anyone else own this camera? If so what kind of battery life does it get?
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Best advice, just go have fun with it, don't get too into settings yet, just play around and you can work out what everything does in no time.

As for battery life, it should last AGES. On my D60 I've never come close to running out of battery, then you can just charge it whenever you remember to.
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Yeah I figured I'd do some playing around with it for a couple of days before I try anything crazy. Probably take pictures of my great Dane to get accustomed to it.
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Nice going, definitely check out the stickies for the Photography forum, particularly the beginner's guide and essentials thread.
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I read those two guides and also bought "Understanding Exposure" 3rd edition which i think is worth every penny (was 15 for kindle). If you get the book do not buy the ibook version it is pretty much unreadable, at least it was on my ipad.
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Honestly you should look into getting at least one more battery. I bought 2 Lenmar batteries for my T2i because the canon battery it came with is trash. It lasts maybe 200 shots, and I have read many review on how it last only a short time and the lenmar ones last more tahn twice as long. Maybe Nikon has better batteries, but it is always good to have an extra. Also if you plan on taking it on long trips or driving around to different spots in a day invest in a power inverter for your car. They sell them at radioshack. That way you can plug your wall charger in it while driving and charge the battery while driving.
post #7 of 16
I agree with Topgearfan, you should definitely get another battery, But go with a Real Nikon battery. It has been my experience that Nikon batteries are worth it. I photographed a wedding the other day with my D3000 and i was missing my extra battery, so i topped of the charge in the battery i had, and my camera still shows that its full after taking 830+ shots....

I'm upgrading to the D5100 when it comes to my house tomorrow
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congratz on a new DSLR. go out and shoot in A,S,M mode and learn what everything means.

i get about 500 frames with a single battery but i have no liveview, video or built-in flash.

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Honestly you should look into getting at least one more battery. I bought 2 Lenmar batteries for my T2i because the canon battery it came with is trash. It lasts maybe 200 shots, and I have read many review on how it last only a short time and the lenmar ones last more tahn twice as long. Maybe Nikon has better batteries, but it is always good to have an extra. Also if you plan on taking it on long trips or driving around to different spots in a day invest in a power inverter for your car. They sell them at radioshack. That way you can plug your wall charger in it while driving and charge the battery while driving.
are you using LV/video/flash a lot? cause 200 frames is extremely low.
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Congrats.

I have a D60 that doesn't get used nearly enough.
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Thx for all the replies guys! I was thinking about getting a extra battery, That's why I asked what the battery life is like. I guess it better safe then sorry.

I'm sure on our hour drive to OKC I will be stopping and taking pictures. I already have a power inverter for the car so I am set there.

I will be doing some reading over the next couple of weekends. Will upload some pics after my confidence grows. Get some pointers on how to improve
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