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Supercars video with the Nikon D5200

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Shooting Supercars with the Nikon D5200 was a Real Thrill

The Video Quality was Superb from this DSLR

A couple of weeks ago we got the chance to shoot some video for one of our clients who run supercar track days in Scotland. We wanted to get plenty of stock video so that, over the next few weeks, we could put together a selection of movies to advertise their next visit to the track. We had a really great day – the weather was superb and the crowds were really enthusiastic. The great thing about Supercars Scotland is that they are so enthusiastic about cars. It is infectious. I am not a petrol head by any means (I’ve got a boring Saab) but they took me round the track a couple of times on the Lambo (that’s a Lamborghini Gallardo, if you didn’t know…) and it literally took my breath away. It’s not just the acceleration, it’s the awesome breaking power of these cars that amazes you.

Anyway, I took the Nikon D5200 along. We were using a Nikon D800, D3s and Panasonic AF100 for the main action shots, but I was to shoot some of the drop in segments. The light was really bright, so I made sure to drop the picture profile down to neutral and focussed on doing the fronts of the cars. We have a make shift slide system made from some plastic piping and so I shot the from to the orange Lambo with that. Although we were planning to put music over most of the video, I didn’t want the noise, or inconsistency of the autofocus, so I used AF to focus and then switched it off on the lens. That way the Lambo stayed in focus even when other cars were in the shot. Next time I shall try to focus from one to the other.

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Other than changing the picture profile from standard to neutral and controlling the focussing, I left everything on auto. Let me know what you think!

Here is one of the finished videos….

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Now is the time to buy your Nikon D5200

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Now is the time to buy your Nikon D5200

Prices have flattened, the holidays are coming

Nikon D5200 digital camera with standard lensIf you haven’t bought your Nikon D5200 yet, then this is the perfect time to buy. The prices have stabilized and the camera stores fighting between themselves to get your money. Whilst the Nikon website is holding out for $800/£719.99 for a body and $900/£819.99 for the body and 18-55mm kit lens, (we don’t recommend getting the 18-105mm lens) you can get them for $700/£499 and $800/£571 respectively on the internet. Check out our prices below. We don’t think they are going to change much before the end of the summer. It is a great deal – the camera produces superb stills and videos and the 24mp chip is a cracker. Combined with the faster processor and the 39 focus points, you are getting a lot of camera for your money.

And if you have bought your D5200, why not try out our D5200 manual. It is full of tips and information to help you take great pictures and movies. It is only $10/£7 and we will update it for free. We are currently working on a video section which should be available shortly.

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In the meantime, please drop into our YouTube channel to catch up on some great advice and helpful videos. Recently we have put up a full review of the D5200 and also a video explaining the abbreviations on lenses made by Nikon Sigma and Tamron. Some more tips on night time photography are to follow. If you have any questions, that is probably the best place to contact us.

Nikon Lens Abbreviations

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What do those initials mean in the side of your lens?

 Getting the right lens for your Nikon camera

A detail of a nikon lens Different manufacturers identify the different features of their lenses with different initials or abbreviations. These can be quite confusing and so we thought it would be a good idea to go through the most common ones, so that you know what to look for. It is important to know what your Nikon lens can do, because some lenses will not be appropriate for your camera.

Firstly though, two very basic settings

MM or focal length of the lens. So the larger the number, the longer the focal length, the higher the magnification and the further you can see with it. The human eye is about 30mm (though there are different interpretations of this), so if you want to see more than that you want a higher number. For example, sports lenses tend to be big, perhaps 300 – 1000mm, so that they can get close to the action. They also tend to be fast…

Which brings us on to aperture. The aperture of a lens is known as the F number or F-stop. Often the widest aperture is shown on the lens. So an f4 means that the widest aperture on that lens is f4 – though it will have other settings, probably going down to f22. If the lens has two numbers – for example f4-5.6 – then it means that the lens has a variable aperture. This means that when you zoom the lens in and out, the aperture will change. This can be annoying when shooting stills, but a nightmare if you are shooting video. The bigger the number, the smaller the aperture. Again, a sports lens would be f2.8 or so, so that the shutter speed can keep up with the action.

Now some of the abbreviations:

DX Means that the lens is built for DX cameras like the D3000, D5000, D7000 series cameras. They tend to be smaller and lighter than FX lenses and the focal length doesn’t change – if you put an fx lens on a dx camera the focal length will change. It will be increased by a factor of 1.5 or 1.3, so a 50mm lens would become a 65mm or 75mm lens. If you buy a 50mm dx lens and put it on a dx camera, the focal length will remain 50mm

IF Means internal focus. This means that the front of the lens doesn’t move – so you can attach filters to the lens either clear filters to protect the lens, or polarisers or neutral density filters to change the light going into the lens.

ED Means extra low dispersion. This is supposed to reduce the amount of chromatic abberation, which is the blue/red tinge you can sometimes see on edges when you blow pictures up.

AF-S Means Autofocus the lens has an internal motor for focusing, it might also use the initials SWM for silent wave motor. Because the D5200 doesn’t have an internal motor, if you want your lens to auto focus, it must have an internal motor

VR Means vibration reduction and is designed to reduce the effects of camera shake. Very useful for low light hand held photography, and in big lenses which are hard to keep steady. Because this is automatic, you must switch this function off if you are on a tripod or it will increase blur.

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Nikon D5200 Effects Modes

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The Nikon D5200 Effects Modes are worth a look.

The Nikon D5200 offers a great selection of modes for both the beginner and the enthusiast/professional. Whilst the purists would prefer to stick to the three variables of ISO/Aperture/Shutter speed, sometimes it is actually fun to try out the modes, just to see how the camera can help you come up with something new. The options on the Mode Dial are split into Scenes and Effects.

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SCENES

There are 16 scene modes in total, five of which have their own icon on the dial mode and the others reside within the SCENES option.

They begin with Portrait. This advises the camera that you are taking some sort of portrait and the camera responds by optimizing the skin tones and giving you a shallow depth of field.

Landscape should really be used with a tripod and slows the shutter speed to give you a wider depth of field. It also turns off the Flash.

Child speeds up the shutter and widens the aperture so that you can catch the little darlings when they fidget.

Sports will speed the shutter still further and either widen the aperture, or if it can’t, increase the ISO so that you can catch fast moving subjects.

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Close Up should be used with a tripod and tries to give you strong vivid images by lowering the ISO, keeping the aperture tight and slowing the shutter speed. A macro lens is a good idea for this one.

Then you come to Effects option, which contains the following effects which are either a bit gimmicky, or that you are unlikely ever to want for any serious photography. However, they are worth having a look at, not least because they can sometimes give you a new perspective on the sort of pictures you want to take.

Night Vision: Sadly not the kind of goggle view you get in Special Ops, but it is designed to be used in low light. It gives you a grainy BW image and will push the ISO to Hi level to do it.

Color Sketch: I feel that, if you wanted to take art classes, you would have bought some pencils and a pad – they are much cheaper. But this option does give you some ideas about how you image uses colors and that may lead onto better photos. Failing that, take a picture, print it out and pretend you drew it yourself. In Video it will give you a slide show.

Miniature: Remember when you were a kid and the ruler of all you surveyed? Yes, those toy cars and soldiers never knew what hit them did they? Well you can almost relive the experience with this effect which makes the objects in the middle of the photo seem far away and very small. It is probably more exciting in video mode, when it condenses the video to make people waddle across the screen with a Chaplinesque zeal.

Selective Color: This allows you to select and keep certain colors in the image whilst making the rest of the picture monochrome. It is a post shot function and can be quite effective. However, it is probably better to do this on a big screen.

Silhouette: lets you take better silhouette images, but you could probably get a similar effect with Photoshop or Gimp.

Hi Key: pushes the ISO, retains the highlights and reduces the shadows. Worth a look if you are shooting in bright conditions and want that reflected in your pictures.

Low Key: Does the opposite, increasing the shadows and reducing the highlights.

It is easy to belittle these functions, and you probably wouldn’t use them everyday. They are a bit gimmicky and not for the purists. But, now that darkrooms are few and far between, they do encourage inquisitive photographers to at least consider options beyond the normal realistic images that seem everywhere these days.

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An Early Review of the Nikon D5200

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Nikon D5200 Review

This Nikon Offers Significant Improvements to an Already Superb Camera

To improve on the D5100 was always going to be tough, so perhaps we shouldn’t be too surprised that the Nikon D5200 has smaller improvements over it’s predecessor than the D3200 does over the D3100.

Nikon D5200 side on

However the improvements that this DSLR does offer do put the camera onto a different level. The 24 MP sensor is quite remarkable and is an actual improvement of about 25%. This means that you will be able to enlarge or crop your images, or manage with smaller lenses, without losing quality on your final image. Nikon also suggest that this sensor will improve the dynamic range.

The Expeed 3 processor has been tested in the D3200 and has proved itself to be fast, reliable and great for color reproduction and clarity. It has also slightly improved the Live View feed.The Nikon D5200 boasts a 39-point AF system, inherited from the D7000 system. This increased frame coverage makes the AutoFocus system more accurate and better at tracking moving subjects. The 2MP RGB sensor is also taken from the D7000 and gives better light metering and feeds into the Auto Scene Recognition System (ASRS) to enhance exposure, AF and white balance. Nikon claim that the ASRS is now more precise and able to track better.

For videographers, the frame rates have been revised to include 60i and 50i as well as  30p, 25p and 24p.

It is slightly smaller and lighter than it’s predecessor, but still feels good in hand. Nikon have kept the vari-angle back screen which has been so popular with the D5100 users and avoided making it touch sensitive.

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The D5200 is a grown-up enthusiast DSLR camera with plenty of functionality and high quality options. The file size, processor and AF points will please most serious photographers, for whom the D5100 was starting to look jaded by progress. The AF will also please movie makers, who will benefit from the built-in stereo Mic and the Frame rate upgrades. The competitive price is superb and makes this a very attractive camera. I foresee this being a big seller for the manufacturer, pushing others into a distant second place….