100 Nikon DSLR tips you need to know right now

100 Nikon DSLR tips you need to know right now

100 Amazing Nikon DSLR Tips: 41-50

41. Nikon RAW converters
Ever wondered why your RAW conversions in Adobe Camera Raw don’t quite match your Nikon’s JPEGs? Only Nikon’s own software (View NX 2 and Capture NX 2) interprets the white balance and Picture Control settings exactly as Nikon intended. This can be crucial where subtle colour combinations are the theme of the picture.

42. Self-timer delay
If you’re using the self-timer to fire the camera on a tripod, you won’t want to wait 10 seconds every time. So use the Custom Settings menu to change the delay.

43. Dual memory cards
Why do Nikon’s professional DSLRs have two memory card slots? It’s not just in case your first memory card fills up! You can use the second slot to store image backups or separate raw files and JPEGs (or videos).

44. Faster cards
When you’re choosing memory cards, don’t just go for capacity. You need ‘Class 6’ cards or faster if you plan on shooting full HD video.

45. AF Fine Tune
Use the AF Fine Tune option in the Setup menu on the D7000 and above if you have a lens where the focus is slightly out – but make sure it’s not focus error on your part.

46. Lenses for filters
If you regularly use filters, you need to take care when shopping for new lenses that they feature non-rotating front elements. These are lenses whose front elements don’t rotate when you adjust the focus, which would make using polarisers and graduated filters tricky.

47. FX future-proofing
Thinking of upgrading to full-frame at some point? You’ll need to stick to DX format wide-angles and standard lenses, but for macro and telephoto photography, FX-format lenses are fine.

48. DX lenses on FX
You can still use your DX lenses on an FX camera – it will switch to DX ‘crop’ mode.

49. AF motors
D3000- and D5000-series Nikon DSLRs don’t have autofocus motors in the body. Most new lenses have motors built in, but some older ones don’t, so check before you buy.

50. Manual focus override
Does your lens have an MA/M switch (rather than A/M)? If so, it offers full-time manual override – so you can turn the focus ring manually, even while the lens is still switched to autofocus mode.


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  • MST

    Thanks for the tips, i find them very helpful.

  • Butch casper

    Thanks for the tips aim moving up from d50 to d5300.