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Oh yea! Update to my gear list:

Nikkon D60 + 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 kit lens + 50mm Nikkor non-ai prime F/2 lens

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On another note, I am loving the D60! However, I am having some issues with using it. (User error I am sure)

Basically, I have a tedency to overexpose things, and to have soft focus. Overexposure- I am getting better. Soft focus? I dont know- I was using autofocus.. And the kit lens. I DO have a 52mm Tiffen UV filter on it.. Any tips for fixing this? And what is "hyperfocal" distance?

Also lastly, I need a polarizer as cheap as possible for good optics.... and a ND filter and such. And another UV filter / clear protective filter for my other lens... And a camera bag. I would like to convert my backpack into a good stealth camera bag- any suggestions? I also need a small standalone camera bag... (That fits the kit lens)


A shot from the first day I had it- testing it out. Kit lens- Holy barrel distortion! Any suggestions? Can aperture help this? (And I do think the shot is kind of cool..)

Edited by christian_piper - 6/1/08 at 8:10pm
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hmm, for soft focus, what aperture are you using?
if its small like f3-6 that could very well be the reason, small depth of field, focus to infinite, close objects will be very soft and vice versa.
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Oh yea! Update to my gear list:

Nikkon D60 + 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 kit lens + 50mm Nikkor non-ai prime F/2 lens

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On another note, I am loving the D60! However, I am having some issues with using it. (User error I am sure)

Basically, I have a tedency to overexpose things, and to have soft focus. Overexposure- I am getting better. Soft focus? I dont know- I was using autofocus.. And the kit lens. I DO have a 52mm Tiffen UV filter on it.. Any tips for fixing this? And what is "hyperfocal" distance?

Also lastly, I need a polarizer as cheap as possible for good optics.... and a ND filter and such. And another UV filter / clear protective filter for my other lens... And a camera bag. I would like to convert my backpack into a good stealth camera bag- any suggestions? I also need a small standalone camera bag... (That fits the kit lens)


A shot from the first day I had it- testing it out. Kit lens- Holy barrel distortion! Any suggestions? Can aperture help this? (And I do think the shot is kind of cool..)
The overexposing might be the fault of the camera actually. Auto mode isn't the most accurate, which is why I don't use it. Shoot in Manual mode and pay attention to the meter, which will tell you how under or overexposed the shot will be. Also, if even in Manual mode you're still overexposing, shoot in RAW format, which is easily adjusted in post process. Barring that, try exposure bracketing.

You're probably shooting at a wide aperture and causing the soft focus. Lower end lenses, like your lit lens, will do that. However most lenses to a certain point are soft wide open, even if just a little bit. Close the aperture a bit (might require bumping the ISO up) and find out what works best and doesn't take too much away from sharpness.

For filters, I use cheaper Tiffen and Sunpak brands, but brands like B & W are the best. So far I don't notice any detriment using cheaper filters, but most serious photographers will say it's crazy to put cheap glass in front of expensive glass. Kind of makes sense to me, so I'm going to slowly start replacing my filters with high end B&Ws et al.

If you're looking for a good small camera bag, I'm selling a very good one, check out my FS thread (sig)! It's a LowePro, very nice bag. And about the backpack, I would honestly just buy a good LowePro or Promaster backpack, they're designed very well.

Hyperfocal distance is a technique for landscape shooting where you can get foreground and background objects into focus, which is normally impossible. It requires precisely measuring your foreground obects' distance to your lens and also requires and exact focal length. Old film SLR lenses had a little guide on them that told you at what focal length you needed to be at a particular f stop in order to achieve hyperfocus. I've been researching it a bit lately, but there's not much info for how to do it with newer digital SLR lenses that I've found yet.

EDIT: Just downloaded this: http://www.tucows.com/preview/238351 hopefully it will help me determine hyperfocal settings for my lenses.
Edited by GoneTomorrow - 6/2/08 at 2:41pm
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on the topic of filters, hoyas are my favourite, usually cheaper then the b&ws by alot, and they are all coated, even their entry levels ones. i usually get the super multi coated, or the multicoated.
http://www.kenrockwell.com/hoya/filters.htm
has a great explanation of the coatings about 2/3 the way down the page, and the whole page i found pretty helpful as well.
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Ken Rockwell? For serious? That dude is an asshat.
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meh, knows his stuff better then I.
i dont read much, but some of his pointers are pretty good.
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well, if you were to dig around his site and some of his reviews...You'd see why. Almost everyone on the photography forums feels the same way as I. Just wanted to let ya know.
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Ken Rockwell? For serious? That dude is an asshat.
Never heard of him, but I ROFL'd when I saw the front page!
http://www.kenrockwell.com/index.htm
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just got my ml-l3 in the mail from amazon.com, for my d60, and it doesn't work!! Anything I have to do to get it to work?

Battery could be dead i guess, but i pulled that plastic piece out which suggests it was brandy new
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