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PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2011 8:43 pm 
Guys, i have this combination and this is the first time im using DSLR. How do we take far objects closer? For example, a car is in still position 20meters away and i want to take capture only the number plate or even the person inside the car. How is it possible? i can only think by manual focus. When i put in Auto, can i do it? Whether in manual mode or programmable mode, should i have to change focal length etc? what is the easiest and better way to do(settings point of view).

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2011 12:23 am 

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Hi, welcome to the forum, nice purchase you have with the Nikon. To me it sounds like you haven't done any reading up on your new purchase. To start with I would use auto or P mode and let the camera work things out for you, just adjust the focal length to what you want in the frame. The D7000 is pretty good on the above modes whilst you are learning it's features.

I'd suggest having a look at the tutorials on the forum, they are quick and informative.


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

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2011 2:58 am 
Thank you. Any ideas on if i can get some calculator for shutter speed in relation to focal length (say an app)?

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2011 8:09 am 
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You shouldn't need a calculator or application. Just remember that the lower the number that you see on the top LCD or in the viewfinder, the more likely your photo will be blurred.

You may want to go into Shutter Priority mode (Marked by an "S" on the mode dial) and set your shutter speed to something around 1/250 or faster. As you zoom in, your aperture will change and the camera will be more prone to bur from your hands shaking, but as long as you're in a well-lit area with an ISO of 400 or above, you have VR on and you're holding the camera pretty steady, you should be just fine.

Enjoy the camera :)


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 Dec 08, 2011 9:02 pm 
Helps a lot, thanks EvanK

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