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Old 14-10-2010, 15:07   #1 (permalink)
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Newbie here :)

Hello, my real name is Lisa, I'm 40 years old and just bought me a Nikon d40 camera. I have been interested in photography for years, I've always had the Kodak Easyshare cameras but have decided (since 3 where stolen from me) to upgrade to a bigger camera.
I found this site after typing in-- how do I use my Nikon E series 70-210mm lens on my d40 camera, thank-god for Bing it brought me here.
I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions for me, I figured out it will only run on manual. The problem is when I take a picture its not clear, I know its not the lens because I had a friend use it and her pictures came out great. Any advice that you all could give me would be awesome, I am a newbie to this camera and lens. Purchased them both off of E-bay, Thanks and looking forward to making some new photography friends
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Old 14-10-2010, 16:08   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Newbie here :)

Welcome to Pixalo Lisa

You are ight that the 70-210 will be a manual lens on the D40.

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Did you friend use your camera, or your lens on a different camera?
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Old 14-10-2010, 16:23   #3 (permalink)
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Thank-You Dabhand
She used my whole camera. I did find that if I hit the shutter button half way, wait a second then push all the way they do come out a little better. I have a hard time holding the camera perfectly still for it to take a picture without it being blurry. Is their certain things that I should have the settings on for this lens? Any advise you have me is GREATLY APPRECIATED! I love this lens and wanna make it work for me.
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Old 14-10-2010, 16:40   #4 (permalink)
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I just went outside,( its a beautiful sunny day here) took a few pictures when I look thru viewfinder its crystal clear but when I take a picture nothing but white screen Do I have to change a setting off of the menu for bright light?
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I think the two issues you describe are technique related.

You do have to hold the camera perfectly still to get sharp pictures, and GENTLY press the shutter release - don't stab at it. you will also need to focus accurately and it might be that if the camera has a diopter adjustment on the viewfinder, it is not set up correctly for you.

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The lens you have - which is a telephoto lens - is also going to be more difficult to use than a standard one. This is because just as if you use high powered binoculars or a telescope it is much harder to keep them on the subject than lower power ones, the long lens is much more sensitive to camera shake from it not being held still. This is a technique that can be mastered, but I don't think you are doing yourself any favours with this lens to be honest.

The white image is almost certainly over exposure due to the bright light and you will have to change both camera and lens settings to get it right. To get good pictures you are going to have to know about exposure and the ways it can be changed with the aperture setting on the lens and the shutter speed on the camera. Again, it is a skill that can be mastered, but if you had a more modern lens you would find it much easier as the auto and semi auto exposure functions will work as well as the auto focus.

Also your lens is far too long at its shortest lenght of 70mm to be of much good for general purpose use. 'Normal' vision as you see things is about 30mm. anything above this will make things look nearer, and under will make things look further away and you can get more in the frame. Something that will cover 18mm at the short end and up to 70mm will give a very useful range that you should find easy to use. The Nikkor 18-70 can be got for about 100 used and it is a very good lens, but Sigma also make lenses in this range as do other makers.
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I understand, I only paid $60.00 for it, I guess I will just have to practice with it for awhile. Thanks so much!
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I want to thank-you again, you made me sit down, read my manual about exposure and shutter speeds and how to adjust them, I am happy to say that now I can take a picture outside and its crystal clear! This lens is a little harder to figure out but I will get it, just gonna take me some time! So off to play with my new lens thanks again you've helped me a lot!
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I want to thank-you again, you made me sit down, read my manual about exposure and shutter speeds and how to adjust them, I am happy to say that now I can take a picture outside and its crystal clear! This lens is a little harder to figure out but I will get it, just gonna take me some time! So off to play with my new lens thanks again you've helped me a lot!
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