Rosalie Dale

Stockinbingal, Australia

I suffer from viewfinder vision (find myself visualising a frame around everything I see) so my genre is “anything that moves and...

Advice please?

Having been mulling over my camera situation for a while, my thoughts were that I need to compliment my Sony R1 with a DSLR so I can extend my options a bit … but which way to jump, with a very limited budget and a very picky ‘eye’ since I’ve been used to stunning results with the Carl Zeiss lens on the wonderfully user-friendly R1.

After many false starts and a bit of procrastination, I had a rush of blood to the head a couple of nights ago and bid on a second hand Nikon D80 at the last minute – and won it – for $A590 – from a local seller so I was able to pick it up yesterday (and was offered a commission at the same time! That’s another story …).

Now the tough part … it has an older very soft lens. I’ve borrowed Sarah’s Tamron 28-300 (1:3.5 – 6.3) and these are the first couple of shots I took … albeit closeups … having juggled the settings to what I would use on the Sony. Constructive thoughts would be appreciated. These are processed – not straight from the camera – still softer than I would get from the Sony.

Oxalis
f 5.6, 1/160, ISO 100, Pattern metering, shutter priority (I notice now the exif says “sharpness, soft – and contrast, soft” – should I change those?)

Majoram
f 7.1, 1/100, ISO 100, Pattern metering, shutter priority (and again both sharpness and contrast are set at soft)

Love the 2xbattery pack – makes it easier to hold, and saves me forgetting to take the spare!!! :+))

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