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Field Review: Nikon D3100 (Day 2)

Camera Nikon D3100 Exposure 0.002 sec (1/500) Aperture f/4.0 Focal Length 35 mm ISO Speed 100

New Jersey was recently hit with very light snowfall and a good day to take pictures. I took the Nikon D3100with me to my day job. Having a good understanding of how the focusing works from Day 1, I turned off the auto area selection feature to really give it a go. Nothing was planned I just had a little fun with my commute.

Gear Used

Camera Nikon D3100 Exposure 0.003 sec (1/400) Aperture f/4.0 Focal Length 35 mm ISO Speed 100

Nikon D3100

Nikon 35mm 1.8G

Black Rapid RS-7

Crumpler Customary Barge

Photo Walking with the D3100

Camera Nikon D3100 Exposure 0.02 sec (1/50) Aperture f/1.8 Focal Length 35 mm ISO Speed 800

A snowy day is an excellent day to test a camera. On snow days, I like to shoot with my 35mm, which is a DX lens and therefore designed for APS-C sized sensor cameras. The Nikon D3100with its small size was a great for just photo walking. It is not a camera for heavy snow. Indeed, the Nikon D3100does not feel built for that. Its small size makes it easy to hide and keep out of sight. The camera, with the right lens, gives great bokeh and depth of field.

The camera works well from 1.8 all the way through to f22. The small size and weight allows for interesting composure. The camera can be held steady with one hand, allowing the camera to be positioned in interesting ways. Knowing all the buttons allows for quick and efficient setting changes, no matter where you are.

In The Cold (and a Foggy Screen)

Camera Nikon D3100 Exposure 0.003 sec (1/320) Aperture f/4.0 Focal Length 35 mm ISO Speed 100

The camera reacts interestingly to the cold. The body does not get cold fast when not wearing gloves. The screen does not have a protector, and is flush with the camera body. When taking a picture your breath & the heat from your body fogs up the screen right away. With the Nikon D3100you have to carry around a lens cloth at all times. The LCD screen is my biggest worry about the camera because of this.

More to come in future postings! Let us know if you have questions in the meantime in the comments below.

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