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Offline hazu

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Nikon D5500
« on: June 13, 2017, 03:16:57 PM »
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Bought a Nikon D5500 DZoom Kit (comes with AF-P 18-55mm VR and AF-S DX 55-200mm VR II Lens). Interested in nature/animal/bird photography. I know its way behind, but I guess I can at-least start as an amateur. Any suggestions on the pros and cons of the combo? Any suggestions to push it to the limit?

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Re: Nikon D5500
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2017, 03:38:23 PM »
Practise and post here. We'll guide you along.

Offline hazu

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Re: Nikon D5500
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2017, 09:14:06 PM »
Please see attached two photographs taken with Nikon D5500 and AFS Nikkor 55-200mm 1/4-5.6 GII ED VR lens.

Pic1 (P1) was taken in Manual mode, shutter speed of 1/1000, aperture f/5.6, ISO100 (set at auto ISO with max 1600), 200mm Auto focus, Focus mode Continuos Servo (AFC), AF area mode Dynamic (39 points), Exposure compensation +0.3, White balance-Daylight. Picture was taken in the evening time, just after sun set.

Pic2 (P2) was taken in Manual mode, shutter speed 1/1250, aperture f/5.6, ISO 5000, 200mm Auto focus, Focus mode AFC, AF area mode dynamic AF (39 points), Exposure Compensation 0, White balance Auto. Photo was taken in the morning at around 9AM, the weather was cloudy.

Now my question is what could have gone wrong with Pic1? Why is it blurred? What setting would give me a sharper image? Secondly, is Pic2 OK? As you can see the high ISO is making it too much grainy while zooming. What would have been a better setting for Pic 2?

Awaiting suggestions!!

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Re: Nikon D5500
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2017, 10:15:17 PM »
Apologies for a mistake in the above photo descriptions: Pic1 was taken in the morning at around 9 AM; the weather was cloudy, while Pic2 was taken in the evening just after sunset.

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Re: Nikon D5500
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2017, 10:26:17 PM »
Pic 1 you have shutter speed 1/1000 so blur is of missed focus.
. Pic 2 avoid such high ISO. Crop sensor cam resist temptation to go over 1600.

Offline hazu

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Re: Nikon D5500
« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2017, 10:48:07 PM »
In that case, what setting should I use for such low light conditions as in Pic2 (if not high ISO); evening time after sunset or cloudy afternoon. I used wide aperture and modest (minimum required for birds in flight) shutter speed. And about Pic1, is this simply a matter of focus? So, autofocus should work, right?

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Re: Nikon D5500
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2017, 11:32:41 PM »
Very low light the camera cannot do magic. You can get faster more expensive lenses but finally some role is played by light. As for focus, you need to practise on the controls, settings and focus modes.

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Re: Nikon D5500
« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2017, 11:23:41 AM »
Please see attached two photographs taken with Nikon D5500 and AFS Nikkor 55-200mm 1/4-5.6 GII ED VR lens.

Good enough equipment to start.

Now my question is what could have gone wrong with Pic1? Why is it blurred? What setting would give me a sharper image?

It's a missed focus, try fewer AF points ( I do not know what they call it in Nikon but you can use setting to set small group of central AF points only to be enabled) and work on your tracking skills so you are sure in field that you had the bird in focus.

Secondly, is Pic2 OK? As you can see the high ISO is making it too much grainy while zooming. What would have been a better setting for Pic 2?

Pic2 is OK for record purpose. Since you want it to be better means it is not OK.
With 200mm you can safely use 1/500s for all practical cases (unless in harsh noon light). I would suggest you shoot RAW and with -0.3to-1.0 EV in camera and increase EV by about 2 in post.

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