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Old 10-01-2013, 06:27 PM   #1
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Anyone familiar with the Nikon D5100?

I just picked one up on clearance from Target for $350; seemed liked a good deal. I was thinking about holding it for my dad as an xmas present.

Is this a good SLR for beginners? He's pretty tech-illiterate.

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Is it a good SLR for someone who wants to learn SLRs? Yes, it was Nikon's entry level SLR.

Does your dad need an SLR, or will he be able to use it? I don't know.
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Is it a good SLR for someone who wants to learn SLRs? Yes, it was Nikon's entry level SLR.

Does your dad need an SLR, or will he be able to use it? I don't know.
he doesnt necessarily need it, but i think he'd enjoy it if he got the hang of it. i guess my question is: relative to other entry-level SLRs, is the nikon any easier or harder to learn to use?
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It's pretty easy. There are auto modes he can use. You will have to show him how to upload photos and stuff.

Or you know what? I've seen people at the Camera store who own a DSLR (ah just remembered this)) I saw them uploading their photos in one on one of those kiosk. I started a conversation with them. They were using a DSLR and never connected to their computer at home. Every time they shot an event, they would come to Ritz and print their images. This person sat at the kiosk and basically looked through the images ...

You can get your dad to do that?
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It's pretty easy. There are auto modes he can use. You will have to show him how to upload photos and stuff.

Or you know what? I've seen people at the Camera store who own a DSLR (ah just remembered this)) I saw them uploading their photos in one on one of those kiosk. I started a conversation with them. They were using a DSLR and never connected to their computer at home. Every time they shot an event, they would come to Ritz and print their images. This person sat at the kiosk and basically looked through the images ...

You can get your dad to do that?
he knows how to upload to a computer; i'm more worried about him figuring out the modes and features of the camera
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If not, just leave in Auto mode like most people.
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Yeah this lady I saw in the store was probably about your dad's age. I was amazed that she was hired as a photographer and she didn't know how to use any of the MSAP modes. It was all auto. And editing wasn't in her fortay(sp) either. My point at mentioning it is that you can still get some good images eventhough you don't know what you're doing.

These entry level DSLR gives you the option of shooting manually or auto. The Menu screen gives you tips on shooting.

There are so many resources online and there is the option of taking a class. Or better yet, show your dad how to use the D5100. Nikon site has a lot of stuff too.

http://www.nikondigitutor.com/eng/d5100/index.html
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