Nikon D80 resources

I've started playing with my camera in the past few days and here is a collection of resources that I've found helpful:

  1. Nikon D80 Landing page
  2. Nikon USA English-language manual
  3. Nikon Corp D80 Digitutor, interactive tutorial and excellent for all levels.
  4. D80 Users Group at nikonians.org: Great resource on a wide variety of topics ranging from product reviews, personal experiences, how-tos, glossary, and much more. The facility to post your question to multiple Nikon users (all levels) is extremely useful. It helped me to gain confidence in my purchase. 

These four links should provide enough material to explore (and exploit) the camera. Few more links for digital SLR beginners (like me) :

  1. Although Enjoy! Digital SLR Cameras is by Canon but Part 1 & 2 cover the basics very well. Part 3 & 4 uses Canon cameras for showing some of the options but explain the concepts in simple language using pictures for different settings.
  2. A basic knowledge about how Shutter speed (time for which the shutter is held open to allow the light to reach the sensor), Aperture (hole or light through which light is admitted), Film speed (a.k.a. ISO speed), Depth of field (distance in front of and beyond the subject that appears to be in focus), Exposure (total amount of light allowed to fall on sensor), Image sensor (device that converts visual image to an electrical signal, an array of CCDs in digital cameras), and White balance (a.k.a. Color temperature) work with each other can make all the difference in capturing great photographs. Three gateways of light explains the relationship between shutter speed, aperture and ISO speed.
  3. Knowing the difference between Optical vs Digital zoom is only relevant for compact digital cameras. For digital (or any) SLR, digital zoom can be performed during post processing using any image editing software. 

This page shows a picture taken with different apertures. A lower aperture is indicated by a higher f/ number (or broader depth-of-field) and vice versa. This page shows the effect of shutter speed on a picture.

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Posted by Simkins Melly on December 26, 2006 at 11:29 PM PST #

How can i get my Nikon D80 to display my camera settings on the LCD?

Posted by Jack on June 09, 2007 at 02:30 PM PDT #

Are you referring to something other than the Menu button ?

Posted by Arun on June 10, 2007 at 10:08 AM PDT #

The LCD on the back of the camera. Are the settings supposed to show on this LCD? I have a Sony Alpha and when you turn on the camera, the settings are on the LCD. If you focus or change the settings, they show on the LCD. With my Nikon, the LCD stays blank unless you push the menu button. Is that what it's supposed to do. I've had my Nikon D80 for almost a week now, so I'm green with it. I can't find anything in the manual about this.

Posted by Jack on June 11, 2007 at 12:36 AM PDT #

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