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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2011 2:03 am 
Greetings every one...i am new to the website, and a new owner of the D7000...up until till this point I have always considered myself a decent photographer...that is until I got my hands on this MONSTER! This scares the daylights out of me...if it's not too much ask, I would love some pointers...also, I was able to pick the 70-300mm AF lens on the super cheap, but I am totally clueless as to what settings would be ideal for the best possible pics! I thank you all in advance and I look forward to becoming the BEST photographer that I can be!

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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2011 3:57 am 

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Welcome to the forum and enjoy your new toy!

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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2011 4:09 am 
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Welcome to the forums Gravion, from one D7000 owner to another!

I really love my D7000 too, I'm sure that many photographers here would be able to help if you told us what kind of pictures you'd like to take. We could help by recommending the best settings and some tips and tricks.

Enjoy your new DSLR!


Gear: 7 Nikon Nikkor AI-S and AF-S lenses, SB-700 flash, Nikon D7000, Nikon FM, variety of accessories

"There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs."
- Ansel Adams

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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2011 12:37 am 

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Welcome to the forum Gravion,

I would suggest using P mode and see what the camera setting are, this will give you a base line for your style of shooting. Anything is a monster if you don't know how to drive it, the D7000 has many functions that makes it easy and quick to use.

At long focal lengths without VR you will need a pretty fast speed unless you have an extreme steady hand if shooting hand held. I also have the 70-300mm Af lens which would not work on my D40X but I'm going to give it a try in a few hours on surf shooting and hopefully not get to much camera shake.

To use the camera to it's full potential I would suggest reading the manual section by section and go to the menu you are reading in the camera. Look at the tutorials on this site for settings for different shooting types. This link, although not to may responses may help you with basic setting for the D7000.


Nikon D7000, Nikkor 80 - 400G, Nikkor 18- 200 VR II, f3.5-5.6.

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