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Mar 14, 2019 14:30:03   #
tesseagles
 
Hello I’m Tess and I’m an Amatur photographer. I have used a 35mm for years and just got my first DSLR a Nikon D3200. Well I’m having trouble getting used to all the settings and learning manual settings. Im really needing some advice. I want nice crisp photos like “ IN MAGAZINES” lol and I want to take bird photos with zoom lens.
So I’m stuck about keeping the D3200 and finding a zoom that’s etter then the 200mm or selling and getting a D5300 that an article said takes glorious crispy photos.
Should I stick with the D3200 or will the 5300 give me more of the quality I want? I really want to be creative . Thank you for this group !! Tess eagles

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Mar 14, 2019 14:41:33   #
Blenheim Orange (a regular here)
 
tesseagles wrote:
Hello I’m Tess and I’m an Amatur photographer. I have used a 35mm for years and just got my first DSLR a Nikon D3200. Well I’m having trouble getting used to all the settings and learning manual settings. Im really needing some advice. I want nice crisp photos like “ IN MAGAZINES” lol and I want to take bird photos with zoom lens.
So I’m stuck about keeping the D3200 and finding a zoom that’s better then the 200mm or selling and getting a D5300 that an article said takes glorious crispy photos.
Should I stick with the D3200 or will the 5300 give me more of the quality I want? I really want to be creative . Thank you for this group !! Tess eagles
Hello I’m Tess and I’m an Amatur photographer. I h... (show quote)


Hey, Tess. Welcome aboard. Stick with the D3200. Zoom with your feet for a while. Use manual settings for a while. Crisp photos are the result of your technique, not the camera. "Buy this camera and you will get really crisp photos!" Sure. Kaching!

There are some excellent bird photographers here who can and will help you with that.

There are quite a few specialty sections here that are not in the main index and get overlooked. Here is a list of all sections:

https://www.uglyhedgehog.com/all-section-list

In particular, you may want to check out the Birds-In-Flight / Birds-On-Water Forum:

https://www.uglyhedgehog.com/s-112-1.html

Mike

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Mar 14, 2019 14:43:55   #
Longshadow (a regular here)
 
Welcome to the forum.
See what your camera is capable of doing first.

Read the manual, experiment,
read the manual, experiment, ...
You'll get there.

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Mar 14, 2019 14:47:40   #
jack schade
 
Welcome to the forum Tess. Keep the camera that you have until or if you find that it cannot do what you need it to do fo your photography. Good luck.

Jack

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Mar 14, 2019 14:51:52   #
Blenheim Orange (a regular here)
 
Right after posting here I saw a post by Blurryeyed "Birding with a Nifty Fifty?" with some images of pelicans taken with a 50mm lens.

https://www.uglyhedgehog.com/t-582884-1.html

It is the photographer that creates the photograph, not the camera.

Mike

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Mar 14, 2019 14:55:15   #
Terrymac (a regular here)
 
Welcome to the forum Tess. I'm sure you will enjoy it.

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Mar 14, 2019 19:33:19   #
Jack729
 
Welcome to the forums Tess.

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Mar 14, 2019 20:15:12   #
PixelStan77 (a regular here)
 
tesseagles wrote:
Hello I’m Tess and I’m an Amatur photographer. I have used a 35mm for years and just got my first DSLR a Nikon D3200. Well I’m having trouble getting used to all the settings and learning manual settings. Im really needing some advice. I want nice crisp photos like “ IN MAGAZINES” lol and I want to take bird photos with zoom lens.
So I’m stuck about keeping the D3200 and finding a zoom that’s etter then the 200mm or selling and getting a D5300 that an article said takes glorious crispy photos.
Should I stick with the D3200 or will the 5300 give me more of the quality I want? I really want to be creative . Thank you for this group !! Tess eagles
Hello I’m Tess and I’m an Amatur photographer. I h... (show quote)


Tess welcome to the forum. If your budget allows it, consider a Nikon 200-500 Zoom. Have fun.

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Mar 14, 2019 20:55:04   #
Vince68 (a regular here)
 
Welcome to UHH Tess.

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Mar 14, 2019 22:04:34   #
tesseagles
 
I can’t say how great I feel with all the encouragement . I shall find the 500mm zoom. What I love are hawks and eagles owls and herons that land on our pond. I’d love to zoom in from afar.
If anyone sees a Nikon AF-S ( isn’t the S the Mount?) 500mm zoom under 1000.00 preferably around 700 used is great! Let me know meanwhile I will keep looking. You are all wonderful and I’m really going to love being pet of this group. Thanks a million
Tess

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Mar 14, 2019 22:05:32   #
tesseagles
 
Blenheim Orange wrote:
Right after posting here I saw a post by Blurryeyed "Birding with a Nifty Fifty?" with some images of pelicans taken with a 50mm lens.

https://www.uglyhedgehog.com/t-582884-1.html

It is the photographer that creates the photograph, not the camera.

Mike


Thank you sincerely

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Mar 14, 2019 22:14:47   #
gsmith051 (a regular here)
 
Welcome to the forum Tess.

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Mar 15, 2019 06:07:00   #
joehel2 (a regular here)
 
Likewise, we are happy you found this group. Welcome to the forum.

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Mar 15, 2019 06:11:48   #
gessman
 
tesseagles wrote:
Hello I’m Tess and I’m an Amatur photographer. I have used a 35mm for years and just got my first DSLR a Nikon D3200. Well I’m having trouble getting used to all the settings and learning manual settings. Im really needing some advice. I want nice crisp photos like “ IN MAGAZINES” lol and I want to take bird photos with zoom lens.
So I’m stuck about keeping the D3200 and finding a zoom that’s etter then the 200mm or selling and getting a D5300 that an article said takes glorious crispy photos.
Should I stick with the D3200 or will the 5300 give me more of the quality I want? I really want to be creative . Thank you for this group !! Tess eagles
Hello I’m Tess and I’m an Amatur photographer. I h... (show quote)


There is one thing for sure - you need to use the camera and lens you have and spend about a year running off all the birds trying to get closer before you'll be smart enough to buy a longer lens. By that time you will know a lot more about what you want to buy. Welcome! Until you get a longer lens, maybe you could check in with Walmart and buy a pop-up camo blind and set it up where you're most likely to be close enough to the birds you want to shoot for the equipment you have. Get you a stool, a flask full of coffee, maybe some donuts, and sneak out there before daybreak. It'll work.

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Mar 15, 2019 07:20:42   #
MikeMck
 
Welcome to the forum!

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